General Manager / Wine Director, Royal Dinette
Royal Dinette’s fearless front-of-house leader is Ryley Zucca, who hails from the land of cheesesteaks, Rocky, and bleating Eagles fans, where his first exposure to the glamorous hospitality life came peeling shrimp and washing dishes during the summer of the Atlanta Summer Olympics. Having worked his way through prep kitchens and every possible front of house job, he fled the States not long after his graduation from university. After a couple years learning to love Italian wine in Toronto, he moved west to study architecture at the UBC.
Ultimately hyperactive for academia or architecture though, he just couldn’t stay away from the world of food and drink, his one true love. Before joining the team at Royal Dinette, Ryley worked as the La Mezcaleria beverage director. In the unlikely event that you find him away from Royal Dinette, you might catch him pontificating about the brilliance of Ramato wine, hunched over an esoteric book, or screaming at the Eagles on TV.
On Royal Dinette’s place in Vancouver’s food scene, Ryley says “as a progressive and seasonally-focused restaurant, Royal Dinette occupies a special place. Eva’s menu is both ambitious and creative – pushing the boundaries of dining in the city. Claire’s wine list offers an exciting range of options for any wine drinker. And our bar program is helmed by World Class Bartender of the Year Kaitlyn Stewart, a phrase that requires no further elaboration from me. With every visit, diners can expect to be surprised, to try something new, and expand their palate.”
Head Chef, Royal Dinette
Currently Head Chef at Royal Dinette, Amanda moved to Vancouver four years ago to work at Hawksworth and worked through all sections in the kitchen during her two and a half years at the restaurant. She has been cooking since the age of 14 in restaurants around Australia and Canada under Chefs Richard Ousby, Josue Lopez, Kristian Eligh and Rob Ratcliffe. For her, food is fun and the ability to connect with people through memories and emotions is a definite highlight to playing with food. Amanda has been at Royal Dinette since October 2017 after revisiting Australia on behalf of Hill’s Foods, Vancouver, where she spent her time researching the native Australian produce and staging at Bentley, Stillwater and her old restaurant, Stokehouse Q.
No stranger to the big stage, Kaitlyn can credit a decade of acting and dancing for helping her shine behind the pine and brings a unique combination of creativity, speed and knowledge to her role as bar manager. A fan of shaking up a wide selection of innovative-yet-approachable drinks, Kaitlyn loves to incorporate local spirits and seasonal ingredients akin to Royal Dinette’s locavore mantra.
Before joining the Royal Dinette team, Kaitlyn served as a bartender at local watering holes like Cactus Club, Black & Blue and Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar. She is also a regular on the cocktail competition circuit, with impressive first place finishes in the Smirnoff Caesar Challenge and the second annual Canadian Whisky Competition, as well as taking the top West Coast placement in the Speed Rack Canada Female Bartending Competition.