Bio: Nick Versteeg

nick-versteeg-smFor the past 35 years Nick has been producing and directing documentaries for television, A&E, The A&E History Channel, Discovery Channel, CBC and CTV in Canada. For the past fifteen years he has specialized in the culinary field and produced a variety of specials for the US and Canadian Food Network and has co-produced 2 seasons of “The Next Great Chef” an 11 part series for Global Television, which won four LEO Awards and as producer he was also nominated twice for a Gemini Award.

Today he is living in the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island and is specializing in productions ranging from documentaries on culinary stories (food security and sustainability) but also more serious topics, like “Seventy-One Years” the story of small training plane that was lost in the war in 1942 with four crewmen on board and found in a remote area on the Island 71 years later. He also produced a documentary on the watershed issues on Vancouver Island called “Resilience” and the most recent documentary “One Man’s Dream, the History of the Malahat Highway.” His claim to fame has undoubtedly been the amazing five minutes video on the Cowichan Valley called “Once Upon A Day-Cowichan”, which has had close to 200,000 hits so far on Youtube and Vimeo combined and for which he has received numerous awards.

While contracted by the Food Network USA and Canada he produced “The Bocuse d’Or” series, which saw big ratings on the TV Networks. Nick was nominated four times for the prestigious James Beard Awards. He won the James Beard Award twice as the producer for the documentary “On the Road to Bocuse d’Or” and for his documentary on the “World Pastry Cup”. These awards are considered an Oscar in the Culinary Industry.

Awards and Nominations

  • The Road to Bocuse d’Or – winner of the James Beard Award
  • World Pastry Cup”, winner of the James Beard Award
  • The Legacy of Truk lagoon – Nominated for Golden Sheaf award
  • Master Chef: James Beard Award nomination
  • The Next Great Chef: 4 Leo Awards and 4 Gemini nominations
  • Bocuse d’Or 2007, nominated for a James Beard Award
  • BC Hydro Economic Development Marketing Award, 2012
  • Innovator of the Year Award from Tourism Vancouver Island, 2013
  • Perpetual Arts Trophy Award for 2014.
  • Platinum Award at the Annual Worldfest film festival 2015 in Houston for “Seventy-One Years”
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