June 30, 2021 update on live performances and events at the NAC.

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

Nick Benninger

Fat Sparrow Group

Residency dates: July 2021 - August 2021
Chef Nick Benninger found his calling at the age of 16 working at a summer camp in northern Ontario. He fell in love with the kitchen and cooking and since then has “rooted” his career in many of the philosophies he learned in that first encounter with food service. After attending George Brown College, Nick completed his apprenticeship working at kitchens throughout Ontario and finally settling back down in his hometown of Kitchener-Waterloo. In 2008, Nick opened Uptown 21... read more

Renée Lavallée

The Canteen

Residency dates: August 2021 - September 2021
Chef Renée Lavallée was born and raised in Shawville, QC. She left home at an early age to attend George Brown College in Toronto. After more than 20 crazy years in the business, including many stints in restaurants around the world, Renée has now called Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, home for 15 years. After a brief hiatus to raise her family, Renée jumped back into the ring to open The Canteen. After fewer than three busy years, The Canteen opened up a brand new... read more

Joseph Shawana

Indigenous Culinary of Associated Nations

Residency dates: September 2021 - November 2021
Acclaimed Chef Joseph Shawana is Odawa, part of the Three Fires Confederacy. Born and raised in Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve located on Manitoulin Island in Ontario, Joseph was brought up knowing that food is life. Starting in the kitchen at the early age of 13, he learned from his mother, who had learned from hers, and quickly fell in love with authentic indigenous cuisine and the way it brings people together. His classical French training and Aboriginal background combine to... read more

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