Alum Corner with Max Cameron

After attending a culinary program, Max Cameron worked at prestigious restaurants like Toqué and Brasserie T! in Montreal and Dill in Iceland. Max then started his own private dinner business in Vancouver, incorporating different styles from his previous experiences. He continues to seek internships at restaurants worldwide to expand his knowledge and expertise in fine dining. Max advises recent graduates not to panic and take the time to explore their interests before deciding on their next steps. He fondly remembers his time at VWS, appreciating the overall influence it had on shaping him as a person.

VWS: Tell me about your work and education after graduating from the VWS.

MC: I worked many odd jobs for a couple of years before being pushed to go back to school by my family. After much debate, I decided on a brewery program in Niagara, but I needed to get my Chemistry 12, so during that year, I thought I would take a culinary program and learn how to cook. Halfway through that year, I knew that this was what I wanted to do! After finishing that year-long program, I worked at The Terminal City Club for just over a year, moved to Montreal and worked at Toqué, the top-rated restaurant in the country, and their affiliate bistro Brasserie T! as well as spending some time at Dill, the top-ranked restaurant in Iceland.

VWS: What kind of work/study are you involved in now?

MC: Since I moved back to Vancouver, I started my own private dinner business. I’m taking all the different styles from everywhere I’ve worked and turning them into my own fine dining experience. This gives me the flexibility and schedule to complete internships at restaurants worldwide to further my knowledge and grow my experience. My next goal is Peru.

VWS: What advice would you give to this year’s graduates?

MC: Relax and don’t panic. Everyone will be telling you how you need to know what your next step is out of school, which program you’re going to take, all of that. It can seem intimidating and possibly a little scary. It took me a few years after I graduated before I figured out what I wanted to do. While a couple of years of uncertainty wasn’t always pleasant, it was well worth the outcome! Everyone’s intentions are good, and many of you may need or love that push, but for those like me, just know that if you don’t know what you want to do yet, that’s okay. Just start searching.

VWS: What are your fondest memories of your time at VWS?

MC: I don’t have any specific memories that jump out at me, but just the experience of Waldorf as a whole had a great influence on me and the man I have become. The friends I made (most of whom I’m still in contact with), the lessons I learned, the mistakes I made, it was a great experience, and without it, I would probably be in a much different place. I knew all the art classes would amount to something!

Interview date: February 2017 Ronaye Ireland, for Development

Max Cameron
Max CameronClass of 2010

The Vancouver Waldorf School provides an experiential, age-appropriate approach to education based on the insights of Rudolf Steiner that inspires students to love learning, to be creative, open-minded, and compassionate. With a curriculum that integrates all academics with the arts and social learning, Waldorf Education develops not only the left and right hemispheres of the brain but the whole human being. A child’s social, emotional, physical and intellectual development is considered equally, supporting a conscious unfolding of the individuality within each student. Waldorf graduates possess capacities for empathy and clear, creative and independent thinking that enables them to carry out a chosen course of action with moral courage and social responsibility.