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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

Sabrina Lemay

Bistro l'Orygine (Québec, QC)

Residency dates: April 2022 - June 2022
Chef at Bistro l’Orygine  Co-owner of Groupe La Tanière  Sabrina Lemay is from Shawinigan and, from a very young age, she knew she wanted to become a chef. Thanks to her determination, she has worked in establishments like Le Saint-Amour, La Tanière, Le Baluchon and Les Sales Gosses.  Her adventurous soul pushes her to always look further and to go backpacking whenever the opportunity arises. Her experiences abroad inspire her cooking. She returns from each... read more

Chefs Minette Lotz & Stacy Johnston

Naramata Inn (Naramata, BC)

Residency dates: July 2022 - September 2022
Chef Minette Lotz’s passion is for terroir-driven and locally-sourced ingredients. An avid forager, Minette finds her inspiration from exploring her surroundings and discovering new flavour combinations. A firm believer in what grows together, goes together, Minette creates dishes that are true to the exact time, place, and season they are created in.   Chef Stacy Johnston believes that the ingredients make the dish. Growing up on her grandparents’ homestead ingrained in Stacy... 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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