Growing up in Burnaby, BC, Rob Feenie developed a curiosity for international cuisine at a young age, over traditional Japanese dinners at his neighbours’ home. He graduated from the Dubrulle Culinary Institute in Vancouver and began his career as a sous chef in Western Canada’s top restaurants, notably Le Crocodile and Cherry Stone Cove in Vancouver, and The Rim Rock Café in Whistler.
Early in his career, he trained with Chef Emile Jung at Au Crocodile and Chef Antoine Westermann at Le Buerehiesel, both Michelin three-star rated restaurants in Alsace. He also worked with Chef Charlie Trotter, at Trotter's Restaurant in Chicago, and Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten at Jean-Georges in New York.
Feenie went on to open his own restaurant, the internationally celebrated Lumière, in Vancouver, followed by Lumière Tasting Bar and Feenie's. In 2005 Feenie became the first Canadian to win on the popular television show Iron Chef America by defeating Chef Masaharu Morimoto.
Feenie has written four cookbooks and is a two-time Vancouver Gold Medal Plates winner. He has received the coveted Relais Gourmand and Traditions et Qualité designations, in addition to the Mobil Travel Guide four-stars designation and the AAA
Five Diamond Award.