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Local chef spreads happiness with this hobby turned business.


The Lemon Square, a popular stand that has been making handmade, yummy lemon coconut squares since 2017. Dan Spratling, co-owner and talented chef from Melbourne, Australia, has worked at Chambar and Café Medina – 2 of the top restaurants in Vancouver. He also worked at the local Crofton House School for Girls as the school’s in-house chef, and at night would bake lemon squares for fun.

The recipe is inspired by the lemon squares in Dan’s Mom’s café growing up in Australia, but he’s spent time experimenting with the recipe to create the perfect mix- with real butter and fresh lemon juice and zest. Dan brought the squares to holiday dinner with Wally Mitchell, where the family raved, so much so that they convinced Wally and Dan to go into business together selling the Lemon Squares!

Dan still does the baking, but now has some help from his team. During the Christmas season, Dan and Wally are busy selling their lemon squares at Christmas Markets across Canada, from Vancouver to Toronto. Their love of making people happy and being able to introduce their delectable treats to foodies across Canada brings a smile to their faces and to those of everyone who tries a Lemon Square!

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