Food has always been a part of our lives from the day we are born, but, food goes much deeper to me than getting a quick fix to cure your hunger.
Food brings me back to my happiest days as a child when I would spend time in the kitchen with my grandparents learning how to cook with my heart and my hands. Sitting out back and spending quality time with my father while learning how to listen to the grill as your food cooks on it. Sitting at the dinner table while my mom would crush up the ingredients for a fresh Caesar salad until the flavors were perfectly balanced. Family gatherings standing or sitting around a table filled with food supersedes any gift given on Christmas or birthdays.
Food soothes the soul and binds relationships while creating new friendships with every bite. It is so much more important to us and deserves far more attention than we give it. Too many people know more about what kind of shoes their favorite celebrity is wearing and nothing about the food that they putting in their mouths. This pandemic has forced us to rethink how we go about our lives and what is important and what can we do without
My role as a chef has taken on different meanings over the years and has grown to be a very big part of how I go about my day to day life.
At first, it was a means to get some pocket money, then it was to pay the bills. Now it has taken on a life of its’ own where I feel the need to share with people what knowledge I have learned. I look at my mentors from my past and present and take all of the good that they have taught me and morphed it with my own morals and skillsets so I can share it with the next generation.
On one hand, we all have to eat every day so why not enjoy it as much as possible.
I have cooked in restaurants for nearly 30 years from all ends of the spectrum. Starting out at a pizza joint at the age of 13 to working in Canada’s top contemporary establishments. Running kitchen crews that only have 1 other team member to managing a resort with over 45 cooks and multiple restaurants while catering weddings at the same time.
In 2005 I opened my very first restaurant at the age of 25 and in 2010 I competed on Top Chef Canada.
It is now time where I spend my time focusing on helping others benefit their lives with food just as it has done for me.
I will push my skillset further than ever before so I can share them with you.
Food is a language and with my help, you will be able to interpret the recipes that you see to suit your own dietary restrictions. I will help you break down each ingredient so that you can rebuild a dish that makes your heart sing.