The Wood-Fired Blog

Vancouver’s Most Famous Chef Loves His Forno Bravo Oven

Here’s a fun story from the Vancouver’s The Globe and Mail.

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David Hawksworth owns and runs what is often recognized as Vancouver’s best restaurant, but he keeps his favourite kitchen toy at home. Six months ago, he bought himself a Forno Bravo wood-burning pizza oven, and he has been playing with it ever since. “I get it really hot with three types of hardwood: maple, alder and birch,” he says gleefully. “It makes a great pizza!”

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Here’s some fun background information on David from his Hawksworth Restaurant website. Wow, what a talented guy:

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Chef David Hawksworth realises his culinary vision at his first eponymous restaurant, in the very heart of downtown Vancouver. At Hawksworth Restaurant he has created the ideal setting to deliver compelling contemporary Canadian cuisine; a demonstration of his European-trained technical ability, deep appreciation for local ingredients and an absolute insistence on only the very best quality.

A native Vancouverite who spent a decade honing his talents in Europe working in Michelin-starred kitchens such as Le Manoir aux Qaut’ Saisons, L’Escargot and The Square, David Hawksworth soon emerged as one of Canada’s leading culinary talents upon his return in summer 2000. With Hawksworth at the helm, Vancouver’s West restaurant became a perennial winner at the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards and drew attention from international media who immediately recognized his talents.

In 2005, Hawksworth was named Vancouver’s Chef of the Year and in 2008 he was named to Western Living’s ‘Top 40 under 40’ and became the youngest chef inductee in to the BC Restaurant Hall of Fame. Hawksworth has travelled extensively as a guest chef, most notably to the James Beard House, in New York City , Masters of Food & Wine, in Carmel as well as Sevva in Hong Kong. Hawksworth has donated his time to a number of charitable causes and continues his long-standing commitment to Fishing For Kids the West Coast Fishing Club’s annual charity tournament benefiting the Canucks Autism Network and BC Children’s Hospital.

The New Forno Bravo Showroom

We’re looking forward to seeing you at our new office and factory at 251 W. Market St in Salinas, CA. We have come a long way in 9+ years (I can still remember meeting customers at our first small warehouse in Windsor, CA), and we have lots more planned in the months ahead.

Here is a photo of our new showroom — the colors are really nice, and there is lots of space to look around and get a good idea of which oven would work best for you.

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Brick oven painting on Spanish ceramics

We spent our spring break in Spain this year (it’s always early because of our daughter’s school schedule). It was seriously cold, but the food, the countryside and the people were great. We started in Madrid, and drove through Toledo and Cuenca to the Costa Blanca, where my wife’s parents retired many years ago. It was great reviving some fond memories from the past, and I got to enjoy a great Paella at Calpe harbor, a coastal village.

Spain does not have a big wood oven culture (the ovens sold by the local building supply stores and ceramics outlets were made in Portugal), or a history of great bread — but I still found this at a bakery in Toledo! I really like it. Spain has a wonderful history with painted ceramics and terracotta bakeware (which is where the bakeware we sell in the Forno Bravo Store is made).

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Work, work, work.

To quote the Governor in Mel Brooks’s classic “Blazing Saddles”, it been nothing but work, work, work. haha. Which is just a joke so that I can say that I’m sorry that we have not been diligent at blogging for the past couple of weeks. There are lots of really good things to share, and I will go into more details a little later. But again — sorry that I haven’t been caught up with company news, or my blogging.

Our move to 251 W. Market is done, but with a project like this, there are always lots of details to look after. The showroom area is being painted and we will have nice, new ovens on display very soon, and we will start working on the test kitchen after that.

Also, you might have noticed that there have been some big changes to www.fornobravo.com. We have completely changed our web site and how our users (you) navigate our site. Using modern web technologies, we have made it a lot easier for you to find what you are looking for on www.fornobravo.com — to where I’ll bet you are finding pages and content you didn’t even know existed before. Plus, the site uses gradients, drop shows, big buttons, and fun rollover effects, so that I think it looks really nice. :-) I really like the rotating photos (called a slider) on the homepage.

We are still rolling out the new layout across all of our web applications, such as the FB Forum, Dealer Locator, FB Fastquote, the Community Cookbook, and yes, this Blog, so there is more good stuff to look forward to. Here are a couple of screenshots that show just how much information the new www.fornobravo.com shows with just a mouse rollover. You can find just about anything you need on FB.com with a single click.

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Meanwhile, stay tuned. There is a lot more to come in 2013.

More Snow Pizza Stories

We’ve been getting some great photos and stories on pizza in the cold and snow. Check out this one:

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while it was not that cold when I took this shot before xmas , last night we had a pizza party and I made 10 pizzas while it was -31C [about 24 below zero f.]  the oven was hot .[.2 minute pizzas ], the cook .. not so much!
this morning the oven is holding at 400f .

Great stuff!

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$15M Pizza Oven with a Mansion (and three guest houses) Thrown in for Free

Wayne Gretzky is selling his mansion and three guest houses for $15M, but from this headline, you would think that his pizza oven is the property’s best feature. Who knows. Maybe it is.

From the Inquisitr:

Wayne Gretzky Selling Mansion: $15 Million Pad Has Outdoor Pizza Oven, Three Guest Homes
Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/492989/wayne-gretzky-selling-mansion-15-million-pad-has-outdoor-pizza-oven-three-guest-homes/#TcljSc1fzOfPFIDZ.99

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The (Nearly Final) Pizza Oven Contest Photos

We have posted the web pages on Fornobravo.com with the submitted photos for the Winter 2013 photo contest! There are still a few days to go for submissions, and we are still getting more photos — so keep ‘em coming. We are getting some nice pictures from our community in the north.

Click here to see the photos page.

We’ll be picking the finalists and posting the poll where you can vote soon.

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