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.
Twist Catering (Toronto, Ontario)
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
The Pointe (Tofino, British Columbia)
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
Kelowna, British Columbia
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