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What is your food philosophy?
That no one should ever go hungry. To always cook with love and remain passionate about my art.
Where did your passion for food come from?
The pleasure I get from cooking, creating and hearing people say mmmmmmmmmmm.
What is your favourite thing to cook?
Soups, sauces, salads… really everything 😀
How did your career as a chef begin?
The first time was when I was 19 and a server at a restaurant, paying my way through university. I challenged the head chef by telling him to apologize to all my tables for the food coming out of the kitchen. He asked me if I thought I could do it better than him and I said yes. Long story short, He made me his right hand after my first kitchen shift.
The second time was when I moved to Georgina with a newborn and a 2 year old and made Miss Melanie from Country Kids a thank you gift of soup. In just over 5 weeks that single gift turned into 250 orders which led to making soup for cafes from here to Toronto and the rest is history.
What is your biggest accomplishment to date?
Leaving a successful career in film and television and being the Executive Chef of ClearWater Farm.. You could say I traded film stock for soup stock.
If you could cook with any chef world wide, who would you like to cook with?
I’m so blessed to have been able to cook with amazing Chefs such as Lynn Crawford, Chuck Hughes, Mark McEwan, Vikrim Vag and Michael Smith. Having said that it would be a dream come true if I could cook with Chef Gordon Ramsay.
What do you mean by The ClearWater Experience?
Food is one of those things that you can attach a feeling to. When we gather with family or friends we eat. When we celebrate, we eat. When we mourn, we eat. We create memories with and surrounding food. Eating can and should be an emotional experience. I don’t want people to simply taste our food, I want people to experience it. I want people to appreciate the work and the love that went into growing, preparing and serving that food and the unforgettable moments created around that experience.
How did you come to be involved with ClearWater Farm?
Annabel Slaight presented her vision of a local community farm that would celebrate the production and education of wholesome food and I was sold. It is so awesome to be a part of this incredible farm.