Fans of all ages lined up to meet celebrity chef Graham Elliot in front of the Wal-Mart Supercentre Monday. Among the younger fans were five-year-old Abigail White and her three-year-old cousin Kayden Fraser of Langley.

Celebrity chef presses flesh outside Langley Wal-Mart

Fans were lining up to grab an autograph from and a picture with Graham Elliot.

Hundreds of people lined up in front of Langley Wal-Mart Monday afternoon to meet renowned chef Graham Elliot.

The former MasterChef judge and Chicago chef was in town for a two-and-a-half hour autographing session in front of the Langley store off 64th Avenue – attracting fans from far and wide.

Evan Lavoie, a 21-year-old from Kelowna, had his chef’s apron autographed by his role model.

Lavoie is chef who enrolled in culinary school right out of high school and just achieved his Red Seal certification.

He learned of Elliot’s visit to B.C. this morning at 6 a.m., jumped in his car, and was in line out front of Wal-Mart before the autographing session began.

“It was an honour to meet Graham in person,” he told the Langley Advance.

Click here to watch Lavoie’s MasterChef video

“I stand for everything he believes in, and he is my top inspiration for wanting to become a chef,” added Lavoie, who shared a video he’s made up and plans to submit to MasterChef Canada – in hopes of being a contestant.

“I have only worked in kitchens my whole life, my mother used to be a pastry chef, but my heart is cooking, not baking.”

Lavoie lost his father this past February to cancer, but also shared with Elliot that Dad lived long enough to know his son would “do great things in the culinary world.”

“His last dying wish for me was that I audition for [MasterChef Canada],” he told Elliot.

“It would be my dream… I’m going, guns ablazing.”

After having his picture taken with his idol, Lavoie said of Elliot: “I want to be where he is someday.”

Elliot is currently part of a national tour to promote the fresh food options available at the Wal-Mart Supercentre. It was also an opportunity for him to talk about his cookbook.

The 39-year-old celebrity chef was in Oakville, Ont. on the weekend and came to Langley – the only other stop on his Canadian tour.

During his stop over here, he was offering countless autographing, including personalized messages scrawled out on cutting boards, and aprons.

While Elliot has concluded his visit with the public, a group of Wal-Mart cooks and presenters, as well as some steel drum musicians, are expected to be in front of the store until about 5 p.m. today (Monday, July 18).

CAPTION: Celebrity chef Graham Elliot has long been an inspiration for Evan Lavoie, who travelled down from Kelowna just to meet him Monday.

• Click here to see more photos from the autographing session

 

Just Posted

UPDATE: Police raid Langley home in search for murder suspect Teixeira

Several law enforcement agencies were at a Willoughby home, hunting for a man charged with murder.

VIDEO: Young Langley singer shoots to dethrone veteran musician

Winners will be announced Oct. 21 at the Hard Rock Casino, and several Langley artists are hopefuls.

Alternative radio station found for play-by-play of Giants games

Spice Radio steps in to broadcast the Langley-based hockey team’s games, when Sportnet cannot.

Langley City looking for public input before re-doing Fraser Highway section

The One-Way section is the City’s main retail area and is slated for refurbishment.

Mounties need help finding Langley woman

Familiy haven’t spoken to Megan Terpsma much since June 2017, and concerned for her well-being.

Watch out for Pavement Patty: Drivers warned outside B.C. elementary school

New survey reveals unsafe school zones during 2018 back-to-school week

First Nations block roads to stop the moose hunt in B.C.’s Interior

Chief Joe Alphonse confirmed Thursday they’ve deactivated the Raven Lake Road and the Mackin Creek Road just before the Island Lake turnoff

‘Like an Alfred Hitchcock movie’: Birds fall dead from the sky in B.C. city

Raptor expert says he’s never seen it happen anywhere in the Lower Mainland

Canada signs global pact to help rid world’s oceans of abandoned fishing gear

The federal Fisheries Minister says it’s a ‘critical issue’

GOP pushing forward for Kavanaugh, accuser wants ‘fairness’

Kavanaugh has denied al allegations of sexual misconduct

Kodiaks claw back but fall 3-4 to Wolf Pack

Four losses in five games for Aldergrove’s Junior B hockey squad

Lower Mainland woman sets Grouse Grind record

Madison Sands sets a new best time on Vancouver’s fitness landmark

Tent city campers now allowed to stay in B.C. provincial park

Contrary to earlier reports, Ministry of Environment says there is no deadline for campers to leave Greater Victoria camp site

Bus company vies to replace Greyhound in Kamloops to Vancouver, Kelowna

Alberta-based Ebus applies to the Passenger Transportation Board to replace Greyhound

Most Read