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By Cinda Chavich | Photos by Belle White

Castro Boateng, named Chef of the Year at YAM’s 2019 Restaurant Awards, cooks up a traditional African feast for family and friends — and shares some coveted recipes.

“Akwaaba — Welcome to our home.”

These are the words that Chef Castro Boateng uses to greet diners at his Langford café and, as he gathers friends and family for a special dinner celebrating his African heritage, that warm welcome is palpable.

When Boateng was a kid growing up in Toronto, he was surrounded by a big Ghanaian community. He could walk down Jane Street or Wilson Avenue and duck into local African food shops filled with the aromas of spicy kebabs, okra and eggplant stew or jollof rice, the kind of hearty dishes his mother and aunts cooked for their big family dinners. Tonight he is channeling that memory, his long table draped in colourful kente cloth and laden with traditional foods.

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By Cinda Chavich | Photos by Belle White

Castro Boateng, named Chef of the Year at YAM’s 2019 Restaurant Awards, cooks up a traditional African feast for family and friends — and shares some coveted recipes.

“Akwaaba — Welcome to our home.”

These are the words that Chef Castro Boateng uses to greet diners at his Langford café and, as he gathers friends and family for a special dinner celebrating his African heritage, that warm welcome is palpable.

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Chef Castro Boateng adjusts menu according to the seasons

Oct. 28, 2019 10:25 a.m.Life

Story by Darcy Nybo Photography by Don Denton

When Castro Boateng discovered chefs could travel, he decided to be a chef. He had his initial training at Humber College, Toronto and worked in several area restaurants.

After finishing his schooling, he applied for a job at the Prestigious Turnberry resort in Scotland, where he worked under European Master Chefs Stewart Cameron and Colin Watson.

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Interview by Anne Marie Moro

Chef Castro Boateng, born in 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 at the prestigious Turnberry Resort in Scotland, followed by The Fairmont Southampton Princess in Bermuda, Chef de Cuisine of Eden, Rimrock Resort Hotel in Banff, Alberta and, most recently, as Executive Chef at the Villa Eyrie Resort. He has lived in the West Shore with his wife and two sons for 11 years.

Q: What motivated you to open your restaurant, ‘The House of Boateng’, here in the West Shore? How’d we get so lucky?

A: Ever since we first moved here, we’ve been excited about living in Langford. We told people about this place and they would say, “Langford? Never heard of it. Why do you want live there?” For us, we’ve always felt a loving, genuine appreciation for this town. People told us we should open our business downtown; but, my wife and I wanted to be a part of this growing community. It’s like an extension of our family now. Even the balcony view from where we used to live, looked down on a little red house that stood right here where ‘The House of Boateng’ is today.
House of Boateng opens in Langford

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YAM magazine’s Best Restaurant Awards 2019 celebrate Greater Victoria, B.C.’s exciting food scene and are judged by an independent panel of chefs and food experts. The winner of YAM’s Chef of the Year Award 2019 is Castro Boateng of the House of Boateng.

By Cinda Chavich // Photo by Jeffrey Bosdet

Castro Boateng has been flying under the radar for awhile, but with his new café in Langford, he’s soared into our top chef spot.

Born in Ghana and schooled in Toronto, Boateng has worked with top chefs from Scotland and Bermuda to Banff. He humbly credits his mentors with fostering his work ethic and inspiring his fresh, vegetable-forward style, evident on every creative plate at his eponymous café, House of Boateng.

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We are thrilled to report that House Of Boateng has been nominated as one of Air Canada's Best New Restaurants. Again, we'd like to thank all of you who have shared a meal with us and enjoyed the experience.

YAM magazine’s Best Restaurant Awards 2019 celebrate Greater Victoria, B.C.’s exciting food scene and are judged by an independent panel of chefs and food experts. The winner of YAM’s Best New Restaurant Award 2019 is House of Boateng in Langford, B.C.

By Cinda Chavich // Photo by Jeffrey Bosdet

It’s appropriate that chef Castro Boateng’s new café and catering kitchen has “house” in the name, for there’s nothing this chef enjoys more than bringing people together.

“Gathering people has always been part of my life,” he says.

It’s this love of community and hospitality that inspires Boateng’s work, whether it’s his commitment to Island farmers and foragers, or his joy in cooking for his suburban neighbors in Langford.

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HOME SWEET HOME

House of Boateng in Langford is a simple café, but there's nothing simple about its food.


story by: Cinla Chad phatography by: Shorn Martla

Castro Boateng is one of the city's most talented and personable chefs and caterers.

And now you don't have to wait for a special occasion to enjoy his refined cooking. Boateng has landed in a place of his own - a casual little daytime café in the suburban Langford neighbourhood he calls home.

"We live nearby and we wanted to create a good place to eat in the area," says the smiling owner/chef, greeting his customers at the door of the new House of Boateng and offering a copy of his scrumptious menu.

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