Elmar Schultes

Elmer SchultesAt the age of 15, Elmar Schultes left his German home to apprentice as a chef. He became proficient as a culinary sculptor during 20 years in the hotel business.

In 1960 he came to Vancouver to live, and filled the prestigious position of executive chef at Trader Vic’s (Bayshore Hotel). There, he was commissioned to carve 18 large cedar figures for the company’s restaurants in Canada and the United States.

Schultes’ popular red cedar and fine figures (some of which have been purchased for members of visiting Trade Commissions) demonstrate both the artist’s sensitivity and a liveliness in the characters he carved.