Main content starts here, tab to start navigating


Brad Lazarenko, the Founder and Executive Chef de Cuisine of the Culina Family of Restaurants, is a self-taught Chef raised in Spruce Grove, Alberta and a proud member of the Metis Nation of Alberta. 

His first restaurant, a 45-seat neighbourhood bistro called ‘Culina’ (the root word for culinary) opened in Edmonton’s beautiful Millcreek neighbourhood in 2004.  With excellent reviews, Culina introduced Edmonton to Brad’s philosophy of offering quality and affordable comfort food using products from local suppliers and producers. 

Since then, Brad has opened restaurants in Osoyoos, BC (Passatempo) and Nelson, BC (BiBO), operated Edmonton’s River Valley Golfcourses, has consulted for many new restaurants,  operated food booths at the Edmonton Folk Music Festival and the Royal Bison Craft Fair and has catered over 300 weddings and private events. 

Brad currently operates Culina To Go in the Oliver Exchange Building, The café and catering in the Muttart Conservatory, the lakeside concession and patio in Hawrelak Park and will be resurrecting BiBO Winebar in the newly renovated Old Strathcona Hotel on Whyte Avenue in 2022.

Bon appetit! 

a man wearing glasses

Culina Founder & Executive Chef, Brad Lazarenko, is a proud member
of the 'Metis Nation of Alberta' and 'Indigenous Tourism Alberta'.

logologo, company name

“Brad is a self-taught artist and this spirit — an Edmonton spirit — pervades Culina. It’s in the people the restaurant has attracted, as staff and as loyal customers. Culina has an artistic air without being pretentious. It’s self-conscious but not self-righteous. It’s homey and earthy, professional without being stiff"

Author, Todd Babiak


Hans Christian Bolstad et al. posing for the camera

Edmonton Journal

Local developer links food and history in refurbished buildings.

a man that is standing in the snow

Edmonton Journal

New restaurant in Hawrelak Park promises fresh and local fare for park goers.

a group of people in the water


Local restaurant owner to return to Edmonton's river valley after multinational company exit.

a man standing in front of a brick wall

Edmonton Sun

Hicks on Biz: Edmonton restaurateur putting restlessness to work.