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Concept and Philosophy
Local revamped. Comfortable redefined. The Pear Tree Restaurant is a destination outside the mold, bringing together world-class cuisine and downtown elegance with approachability and a sense of community. With an emphasis on freshness and high quality, Chef Jaeger incorporates seasonal local, organic and sustainable ingredients to create a sublime year-round menu. Owned and operated by husband-and-wife team Scott and Stephanie Jaeger, The Pear Tree Restaurant is the destination whether it be a special occasion, catching up with friends, or a relaxed weekday dinner.
After taking the helm of a pre-existing restaurant space on Christmas Eve of 1997, Scott and Stephanie Jaeger opened the doors to The Pear Tree Restaurant in January of 1998 following some interior renovations. Positive feedback from diners confirmed that there was a desire for a high quality dining experience outside of the downtown core, and in April of the following year the restauraunt was awarded Best New Restaurant from both Vancouver Magazine and the BC Restaurant Association, as well as receiving Restauranteur of the Year from the latter. The Pear Tree has been awarded Vancouver Magazine’s “Best of the ‘Burbs” each subsequent year since. The Pear Tree Restaurant has received numerous critical and publicly voted honors including a coveted Zagat rating. In 2005 Chef Jaeger competed for the chance to represent Canada in the prestigious Bocuse D’Or Culinary Competition in Lyon, France. He won the honor, and began preparing for the 2007 competition against 24 other countries. In September of 2005, the restaurant closed its doors for 40 days, undertaking major renovations which included expanding into the unit next door, virtually doubling its original size. Maintaining an intimate 50-seat dining room, a lounge area was added along with a 1200 bottle vinitec to accommodate an expanding wine selection. January of 2007 came around, and Chef Jaeger and his team went to Lyon, bringing home a 7th place honor. Now entering their tenth year of operation, Scott and Stephanie Jaeger invite you to come and enjoy what they do best.
Bio: Scott Jaeger
Canadian born Scott Jaeger apprenticed under Bruno Marti at La Belle Auberge Restaurant and was later recruited to work at the Waldorf Hotel in London, a move that led to him pursuing other contracts in France, Switzerland and Australia. He and his wife Stephanie opened the Pear Tree Restaurant in late 1997, voted best new restaurant by the BCRFA and Vancouver magazine, and consistently best fine dining from Burnaby Now. Also rated top over all in Zagat 2012 to 2014, listed in ‘Where Chef’s Eat’ and Canada’s top 100 restaurants in 2015, they continue to strive for consistent quality serving Canada’s finest ingredients in a contemporary style. Scott holds the position of Vice Conseilleur Culinaire of the esteemed Chaine des Rotisseurs, in addition to being a member of the Canadian Culinary Federation and the president of The Chef’s Table Society of British Columbia. In 2007 Scott had the honour of representing Canada at the Bocuse d’Or in Lyon, France and in 2008 and 2016 as a member of the Canadian National Culinary team, earning a grand total of 6 gold medals in Erfurt, Germany. Then in 2013 Scott travelled to Dubai, again with a Canadian culinary team for the World Hospitality Championships. In addition to being BC Restaurant Association’s Restaurateur of the Year (1998), Scott has had the honor of being BC Chef’s Association Chef of the Year, Vancouver Magazine’s Chef of the Year, and the Georgia Straight’s Chef of the Year in 2007, in 2009 he was inducted into the BCRFA’s Restaurant Hall of Fame and in 2014 was given the ‘Mentorship’ award from Vancouver Magazine.
Bio: Stephanie Jaeger
Canadian born Stephanie Jaeger began her foray into the restaurant industry with Janet McGuire at the Beachside Café in West Vancouver, gaining experience in the Dundarave area before jetting off to Europe for a short period. Upon returning, she was introduced to Scott, and after a short courtship, they opened their own restaurant in 1997. Stephanie remains front-of-house manager and is a familiar face at the Pear Tree restaurant. She is involved in the community as an active member and past president of Les Dames Escoffier BC Chapter and accepted their ‘Above and Beyond’ award in 2010. In addition, she was a board member of Burnaby’s Empty Bowls, an organization dedicated to alleviating hunger in Burnaby, for many years, receiving the Mayors Local Hero award for her work. Stephanie is actively involved in every aspect of the Pear Tree, her knowledge of wines combined with her informative service makes her an integral part of any visit to the Pear Tree restaurant.