About Bongo Hospitality
A culinary explorer and a business school bartender navigated the hospitality world for years as solo adventurers.
Finally, a time came where the two life-long friends could marry their skillsets to form a hospitality-focused business with a large philanthropic focus and a global network of industry professionals.
Bongo Hospitality is all those factors coming together to reinforce our goal of offering culinary and bar-related service packages, educational seminars and tangible products.
Chef Victor Bongo, is a highly decorated Canadian Chef.
Originally hailing from The Democratic Republic of Congo, he incorporates his
African roots, philanthropy and education in all facets of his cooking. Chef
Bongo’s cooking style can be described as global fusion, he creates cuisine that
incorporates sociocultural trends and he sources local ingredients from the farm
to table. Chef Bongo cares deeply for his philanthropic endeavors having been a
contributor to various non-profit organizations throughout the world.
This summer (2023) he will be taking a residence at the luxury Chilko Experience
Lodge on Chilko Lake, where he will create fine dining experiences for guests as well as providing intimate cooking classes to those interested in honing their art.
Chef Victor Bongo is an award winning chef, author and president of Bongo Brands. Hailing from humble beginnings in the Congo, Chef Bongo was given the “Chef of the Year Award”; in the Yukon Territories for four consecutive years (2008-2011), in recognition of his unique food creations. Moreover, he was awarded Gold Medals for youngest Accomplished Chefs in 2008 by the Canadian Culinary Federation of Chefs and in 2020 he was nominated as “One of the Top 10 Best Chefs in all of Canada” by the Chef’s Congres.
Chef Bongo’s cooking style can be described as a fusion of global cuisine that incorporates the latest sociocultural trends, sourcing local ingredients from farm to the table. Chef Bongo is a member of the Canadian Culinary Federation of Chefs and Cooks and of the World Association of Chef Societies.
In addition to his extraordinary work in the kitchen, Chef Bongo provides positive change in the community in Canada, Africa, and Dominican Republic. He is the Vice President of Chain De La Solidarite Nord Sud Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides assistance to people in the Congo. Chef Bongo is a regular donator and supporter for the homeless in Vancouver, BC, Canada in conjunction with Union Gospel Mission.
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2015 Westin Kids Menu Refresh
2015 Launch of New Second Cookbook
“Born To Cook A Passion For Flavour”
2015 VIP Invite Caesar Palace Las Vegas
2015 Guest Chef Series: at Nobu Las Vegas
2015 Guest Chef Series: at Chef Gordon
Ramsey Steak House Las Vegas
2016 New York Times Show Taste of the
2016 Director British Columbia Chefs
2016 Canada Ambassador for The Best Chef in the World Private Club
2016 Launch of Bongo Wines (Enchante by
2017 Launch of Ambrosia Restaurant &
Lounge By Chef Bongo
2017 James Beard Dinner Hall (New York City)
2018 Launch of Bongo BBQ & Pasta
2018 James Beard Dinner Hall (New York City)
2019 Launch of Bongo Bistro on Serendipity
2020 Partnership with Villa Taina Restaurant
2021 Launch of Bongo Wines product of Spain 2021 Front Cover Plus magazine
2021 Partnership and operation of 2 Bongo
Branded restaurants and waterpark in
2023 Celebrity Chef at Chilko Experience All
2023 Gold Medals at Spain Int'l Chef Week for
Canada and The Congo,