Michael Kaeshammer isn’t so much a piano player as a piano whisperer, a master musician and songwriter able to coax dazzling, kaleidoscopic sounds from his instrument in a way few can rival. That gift powers Turn It Up, Kaeshammer’s superb 15thalbum, broadly described as “eclectic yet accessible jazz-based pop” though, as with all Kaeshammer’s music, far more expansive than one simple description can possibly illustrate.
Across a brilliant, globe-trotting career highlighted by nine tours of China, three appearances at the Olympics, and countless shows opposite international superstars, the German-born, B.C.-based Kaeshammer has electrified audiences with his indelible repertoire and consistently positive outlook on life which infuses his lyrics. “I am a very positive person,” confirms the seven-time JUNO Award nominee and unabashed foodie, who hosts cooking show Kaeshammer’s Kitchen on Vancouver Island’s CHEK TV. “I really love playing shows and being on-stage. If Turn It Up helps me to do more of that, then I’m all in. Music is my favourite thing to do.Visit Michael Kaeshammer's Website
Chef Bill Jewer began his career working in the kitchen as a dishwasher in a small restaurant at the young age of fourteen and thought it was fun. From there, he held a few odd jobs stocking shelves, helping in a greenhouse and working as a camp counselor, until he was eighteen years old.
After turning 18, he began to struggle with what he wanted to do as a career, for the rest of his life. He tried the college route, enrolling in an engineering course, but Bill knew this was just not for him. That summer he went back to camp as the archery instructor. Mid way through the summer, the camp Director let the head chef go and asked if Bill would like to work in the kitchen for the rest of the year. He thought to himself why not, it might be a nice change and he instantly fell in LOVE with the culinary arts and has been doing it ever since.
Upon his return to the city, he quickly enrolled in George Brown College for Culinary Management. He graduated with honors and was one of the few young chefs that was able to secure employment right after graduation. He completed his 3-year Apprenticeship at L’Hotel (CP) where he was exposed to all areas of the kitchen.
The love for cooking grew to a passion now after working 30 years in the kitchen cooking for Movie stars, royalty and presidents. Winning culinary competitions and working in three different countries, and for many different hotels and brands Chef Bill knows that his life in the culinary arts has been fulfilling.