Resident Chefs

The NAC’s mandate has always been to nurture and support a diverse assemblage of performing artists from across Canada.

We’re proud to present the Resident Chef program, with the intention of creating a “stage” for Canada’s most promising culinary artists. 

Chefs from every region of Canada will be invited to demonstrate their artistry and vision of what Canadian cuisine can be, and to share their knowledge and culinary innovation through educational outreach here in Ottawa as well as online, providing access to all Canadians. 

This will be accomplished with every Resident Chef through a ticketed culinary event featuring a menu designed in collaboration with NAC Head Chef, Kenton Leier, reflected in an ongoing menu in 1 Elgin, as well as a series of appearances, demonstrations and classes held in the Ottawa area and shared with the rest of Canada.

Upcoming events

  1. Chef Jenni Lessard and NAC executive chef, Kenton Leier, have collaborated on an exceptional dining experience drawing inspiration from Chef Lessard’s … read more

Jenni Lessard

Wanuskewin (Saskatoon, SK)

Residency dates: September 2022 - November 2022
Jenni Lessard is a Métis chef, recipe developer and the Indigenous culinary consultant for Wanuskewin Heritage Park. She lives on Treaty Four Territory in the Qu’Appelle Valley in Saskatchewan, where she draws inspiration from the land. Raised near La Ronge, SK, by a small lake, Jenni’s earliest memories include visiting trap lines, picking berries and finding ways to cook and bake with ingredients from the boreal forest.   Her first food venture, at age 14, was a burger... read more

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