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Meet 10 Female Chefs Who Are Shaking Things Up

If you haven’t noticed yet, it’s because you are not looking: female chefs are shaking things up in our industry and working hard at elevating not only food but also the quality of life through food. Restaurants Canada is proud to support these inspiring female chefs and was proud to honour  Joshna Maharaj with…

One-on-One With Chef Miriam Streiman

Chef Miriam Streiman takes pride in not only on nourishing stomachs but also minds. She has been invested in the food community since the day she enrolled in the Culinary Management Program at George Brown College, and never left it! After years working in food styling and recipe development for TV programs and various publications, Miriam opened Mad Maple in…

One-on-One With Chef Eleanor Sim

Born and raised in Singapore, Chef Eleanor Sim – or as she likes to be called, Elle – moved to Toronto in 2015. Her first surprise did not come from the amounts of maple syrup we eat, but rather from our accessibility to fresh and locally farmed produce. Talk about…

One-on-One With chef Rebecca Russo

Chef Rebecca Russo is one of a kind! This prodigy who grew up on a farm, surrounded by food, made sustainable cooking her life. Today as chef and manager for a sustainably-run cooperative faculty and grad lounge at York University, she shares this passion and respect for good produce with everybody…

On The Hunt For Some Canadian Terroir

The Oxford Dictionary defines the word “terroir” as “the complete natural environment in which a particular wine is produced, including factors such as the soil, topography and climate.” Stéphane Modat, chef at Restaurant Chaplain at Quebec’s Fairmont Le Chateau, is often asked to create cuisine from the Canadian terroir. Growing…

One-on-One With Chef Rachel Bies

Chef Rachel Bies is one of these power-women for whom sleep is an option. You can find her pretty much anywhere from TV to national publications, from fancy kitchens to a jury table at the RC Show culinary competition. Maybe her secret is not so secret… As an experienced holistic nutritionist, Rachel is able to whip up the most balanced recipe packed with the energy…

One-on-One With Chef Tara Lee

With over 14 years of experience in the foodservice industry, chef Tara Lee opened a restaurant of her own in 2017. At the Eastbound Brewing Company, she focuses on the best ingredients she can find and uses what she learned while working with chef Mark Cutrara of Cowbell and Bar Hop Brewco. From…

One-on-One With Veronica Mal

Chef Veronica Mal is known for being the positive Jill-of-all-trades in the foodservice industry. From cooking classes, catering, planning events, content creation and collaboration, Veronica does it all and always with a smile!  Her passion for food and curiosity brought her into many culinary journeys around the world where she keeps exploring different flavours…

One-on-One With Chef Georgia Zimbel

Chef Georgia Zimbel did not always dream to be a chef. Instead of thinking about the next dish and unique flavour combos, she was studying for a political science degree. But university being quite expensive, she decided to take a kitchen job for the first time in her life, not expecting…

One-on-One With Chef Rossy Earle

Rossy Earle prides herself on her ability to mix and match flavours between Panama – her homeland – and Canada – her new home. She tries to bring the best of both worlds, like in this spectacular creation: Panamian tamales stuffed with duck and chicken confit, and smoked pork belly.…