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Passionate Chefs

Chef Michael Smith

Chef Michael Smith, one of Canada’s best-known chefs, is a passionate advocate for simple, sustainable home cooking and an inspiration for families creating their own healthy food lifestyle. As a full-time resident of PEI, Chef Michael has a deep understanding of what makes PEI such a special food destination…


Chef Renee Lavalle

Renée Lavallée was born and raised in Shawville, Quebec. She left home at an early age to attend George Brown College in Toronto. After close to twenty-five crazy years in the business, including many stents in restaurants around the world, Renée now calls Nova Scotia home. After a brief hiatus…


Chef Jesse Vergen

Jesse was raised on a small farm in the Fundy hills of New Brunswick, this early upbringing surrounded by gardens, tractors, the wilds of their “back forty” was the foundation to building one of Canada’s most well-known Chefs/ restauranteurs, culinary insiders…


Chef Chuck Hughes

Chuck Hughes is the co-owner and executive chef of Montreal hot-spot, Garde Manger and Le Bremner. He also stars in several Food Network Canada shows including Chuck’s Day Off, Chuck’s Week Off and Chuck & Danny’s Road Trip. Chuck’s love affair with PEI began in 2013, when he first joined the Festival…


Chef Patrick McMurray

Toronto born and bred, the son of two teachers, and antique dealers, Patrick McMurray has always been brought up around food, travel, and a strong work ethic. Patrick’s family travelled Europe and the UK every summer. Dining out to try new and wonderful tastes…


Chef Alain Bossé

Alain Bossé, better known as the Kilted Chef, has travelled the world from kitchens to convention centres sharing his expertise and love for buying and eating local ingredients with people near and far. With his signature tartan kilt, proud Acadian heritage and undeniable flair for cooking with local…


Chef Stephen Barrett

Stephen Barrett grew up in Labrador and eventually came to Nova Scotia to attend St.F.X. After graduation he moved to Toronto for a couple of years, before heading to Melbourne, Australia, where he attended culinary school, founded Seasoned Plate…


Chef Corbin

A natural storyteller, Corbin’s personal philosophy is that great food is a means to an end with the ability to connect us all. His creative spirit is woven into everything he does.“Whether it is dinner with friends, an elaborate gala…


Chef Lynn Crawford

A Food Network celebrity chef and celebrated cookbook author, Chef Lynn Crawford has over 25 years of culinary experience. Chef Lynn was the owner of Toronto’s Ruby Watchco, a highly-acclaimed, market-driven restaurant in Toronto’s East End, which opened in 2010 ran for 10 years, garnering critical acclaim as one of the best fine dining…