YAM magazine’s Best Restaurant Awards 2024 celebrates Greater Victoria, B.C.’s exciting food scene, judged by an independent panel of chefs and food experts. 


Kimberley Vy, Best Pastry Chef, Inn at Laurel Point, YAM Best Restaurants 2024
Kimberley Vy adds the finishing touches to her meticulous pastry work.

Kimberley Vy, Inn at Laurel Point

680 Montreal Street  |  $$-$$$ |  aurarestaurant.ca  |  Reservations suggested

It’s tempting to call Kimberley Vy Victoria’s “Dessert Diva,” but while her amazing skills make her a leader among local pastry pros, she’s no diva. Vy is warm, generous and even a little shy — letting her fine pastry work, with all of its layers of flavour and precise technique, speak for itself.

And if you’ve ever had the pleasure of dining at Aura Waterfront Restaurant + Patio at the Inn at Laurel Point, or enjoying the property’s new Duo Café Bakery, you’ve heard her, loud and clear.

Vy is a master of subtle and surprising flavour combinations, often using Asian ingredients such as yuzu, calamansi or tea alongside Valrhona chocolate, gooey dulce de leche and lavender from the hotel gardens. Every dessert is a sculptural masterpiece, with clean lines and precision piping — creations that look too beautiful to eat.

But eat you must, because it’s those creamy, crunchy contrasts, exquisite flavours and subtle surprises that make Vy’s desserts a memorable part of every meal.


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