Castro Boateng

Owner & Executive Chef

Castro Boateng, originally born in the West African country of Ghana, immigrated with his family to Canada when he was nine years old.

After graduating from culinary school in Toronto, Castro worked under European Master Chefs Stewart Cameron and Colin Watson at the prestigious Turnberry Resort, Scotland. He then went on to work at The Fairmont Southampton Princess in Bermuda; as Chef de Cuisine of Eden, the five-diamond restaurant at the Rimrock Resort Hotel in Banff, Alberta; and as the Executive Chef at the Aerie Resort. Castro now lives in Victoria, BC with his family.

With over 17 years of professional culinary experience, Castro has integrated his love for creative art and food into a successful fine catering business and lounge. Known for high end corporate events, weddings, private dining, foraging tours, cooking classes, consulting services and food styling – Chef Castro is pleased to share his passion for unique fine dining experiences with his clients on Vancouver Island.

His raw talent, admirable flavour combination and natural creativity have propelled him to the top of the podium at many culinary competitions, including the Fine Grain Master 2017, the Hungry Hearts 2017 and 2014, Colour Your Palate 2015 and 2014, Alberta’s Young Chef competition 2005, Bermuda’s Young Chef Challenge 2003. Chef Castro was also chosen as the first catering company to be invited to the Gold Medal Plates in 2015.

From humble beginnings, Chef Castro has worked his way up the ladder and continues to show why he is one of the best Chefs on Vancouver Island. His philosophy is simply fresh ingredients, delightfully personal service and seriously good food!

Chef Motoharu Nozawa

Head Chef

Chef Moto Sun was born and raised in Kyushu in Japan, this is where he was trained at ANA Hotels and EEF Beach Hotel. Like most Japanese chefs, Moto spent years mastering the art of sushi making. First mastering the art of cooking rice followed by the finer details of handling fish. After working in several restaurants in Japan Moto moved to Australia to travel and expand his culinary knowledge before moving to Alberta Canada where he met his wife.

Chef Moto refined his craft in the Five diamond restaurant Eden at the Rimrock hotel from 2003 to 2009 where he met Chef Castro. After leaving Eden, Moto moved to Country Club Of the Hamptons in Calgary as a Sous Chef. Moto Spent the next 3 years overseeing the culinary department in the hotel. While Chef Moto loved his time at the Hampton, he was honoured when he got the call to become the Sous Chef at Rush, one of Calgary’s best-known restaurants. The word got out that Chef Moto was a rising star! Moto went on to spend the next few years as the Chef de cuisine at the Lava Dining room in Calgary then the Marriott Hotel, Calgary.

When Castro & Charlotte decided to expand their business to add a café, Moto was someone they knew they needed to get on board. “We couldn’t believe our luck when Moto accepted the offer to join the Boateng team, he is one of the hardest working people we know!”

Moto brings over 20 years of experience that expands three continents to House of Boateng. While his cooking style has Japanese roots, it's actually "global cuisine”. His unique fusion of flavours takes advantage of Japanese colour combinations, aromas and uses of Asian spices. Chef Moto loves playing with unusual flavour combinations and has an excellent work ethic which makes him the perfect candidate to lead the House of Boateng culinary department.

Charlotte Boateng

Owner / Human Resources and Administrator

Charlotte Boateng was born and raised in Cambridge England. She first came to Canada in 1995 to travel after College where she studied Theatrical and special effects make up and fell in love with the country. Charlotte moved to Canada permanently in 1999 where she resided in Toronto and worked as a Barista in one of Toronto’s oldest coffee roasteries in the beautiful neighbourhood of Bloor West Village and a costume Studio for Toronto theatres.  In 2001 Charlotte got the travel bug again and moved to the Caribbean Island of St. Kitts. Upon her return to Canada, she moved to Banff Alberta where she started her career in the hospitality industry at the Rimrock Resort Hotel in the front office.

It was at the Rimrock where Charlotte and Castro met. They lived and worked in Banff for the next two years before moving to Vancouver Island, where they both worked at the former Aerie Resort where Charlotte continued to work in the Front Office and Castro was the Executive Chef.

In 2008 Charlotte and Castro had their first child then in 2011 their second child was born. Castro and Charlotte started their Catering business in 2010 where Charlotte took on the Administrative role while caring for their two boys.  Charlotte has traveled extensively throughout North America and the Caribbean and continues to travel with her family in tow experiencing new places and adventures!

Charlotte continues her Administrative role in our Café and you will probably see her around making cappuccinos for our guests too!