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

Charlotte Langley

Prince Edward Island

Residency dates: January 2023 - April 2023
Never bound by titles or labels, Charlotte Langley is constantly reinventing herself and what it means to be a chef, culinary curator, entrepreneur, ambassador for sustainability and champion of the people and causes she believes in.  Hailing from PEI, Charlotte embodies what her peers often call “Maritime Chic” – a love for honest food shared with warmth, charm and that famed East Coast hospitality that has chefs, farmers, restaurants, collaborators and clients across... read more

La-toya Fagon

Twist Catering (Toronto, Ontario)

Residency dates: April 2023 - June 2023
La-toya Fagon is the executive chef and owner of Twist Catering.  Born in Canada of Jamaican descent, she grew up cooking and eating “island foods,” and fell in love with creating these dishes at a young age. After graduating from George Brown’s Culinary Arts program, she continued to train at top restaurants and hotels throughout Toronto, Europe, and Mexico.  Having gained years of experience, La-toya’s creativity flourished and she began to fuse her... read more

Carmen Ingham

The Pointe (Tofino, British Columbia)

Residency dates: June 2023 - September 2023
Originally from North Vancouver, Chef Carmen Ingham is passionate about showing off the ingredients that represent coastal British Columbia. His focus on locally-inspired cuisine is a perfect match for his current position as Executive Chef at the Wickaninnish Inn’s The Pointe Restaurant (Tofino, B.C.), a Relais & Chateaux property that celebrates the bounty and beauty of the area. A graduate of Vancouver Community College’s culinary program, he has since gained 14 years of... read more

Siobhan Detkavich

Kelowna, British Columbia

Residency dates: September 2023 - November 2023
Chef Siobhan Detkavich first stepped into the kitchen at the age of 16 and is no stranger to its many challenges. While all paths to culinary mastery are fraught with considerable demands, her experiences facing racism and sexism throughout her career have enticed her to defy the odds and show that perseverance, hard work, and dedication can be exemplified at any age.  Having trained under renowned chefs throughout her career, at the age of 21, Detkavich found herself competing for the... read more

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