"Thoughtful, sincere and unassuming yet an unswerving perfectionist. John is a consummate host who in 22 years of business, has placed his brand of understated West Coast cuisine firmly on the map."
Tim Pawsey, Northwest Palate Magazine


John Bishop
John Bishop's love for cooking began when he was a child growing up in Newton Powys, Wales.

Starting out by helping in his mother's kitchen to eventually as a young man learning the formal requirements of traditional French food preparation at a hotel school. After working as a chef in Great Britain, John moved to Vancouver in 1973.

Shortly after arriving he met and fell in love with his future wife Theresa. Together they have two wonderful children, David and Gemma.

It was during this period that John began his career in Vancouver with local restaurateur Umberto Menghi - first as head chef then eventually becoming Maitre'd. At the urging of friends and investors during the recession of 1985, John opened Bishop's.

Since then, Bishop's has consistently been one of the city's top restaurants. Annually the restaurant receives top grades from local as well as all the respected North American guides.


Abel Jacinto Maitre D'
Abel Jacinto started his hospitality career in Algarve, Portugal, his native country. After finishing his mandatory military service, the young man ventured into the restaurant business.

A couple of years later, Abel found himself working with international guests on various cruise lines travelling and serving throughout the world. It was on one of these cruises that Abel met and eventually married Laurie, a co-worker who happened to be from Vancouver.

Abel's professional life in Vancouver began almost immediately as a sommelier for Bishop's. Eight years later, he was promoted to Maitre'd. Abel has proven himself to be a great leader for the team at Bishop's.

After 12 years, he continues to take pride in overseeing the cellar and wine list. Abel has long since established relationships with the many regular guests and continues to make new customers feel welcome while ensuring everyone receives the best possible service.


Ron ShawChef de Cuisine
After moving west from his hometown of Winnipeg, Ron worked in kitchens in Kelowna and Vancouver before graduating from Dubrulle French Culinary Institute in 2001. After graduation he spent three years learning as much as possible in various kitchens across Vancouver.

In 2004, the time came for a change, and Ron moved to Manchester, England. In Manchester and in London, he spent six years working at acclaimed restaurants such as maze, zuma, and the Dorchester Hotel. Upon returning to Canada he spent a season with Michael Allemeier at Mission Hill Family Estate in Kelowna.

Finally settling back in Vancouver, Ron quickly took the opportunity to work at Bishop`s where he progressed to position of Chef de Cuisine.