Previous residencies

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

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

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

Sheila Flaherty

Residency dates: September 2020 - October 2020
With a love of cuisine that originated in Ottawa, while observing and absorbing her father’s passion for cooking, Chef Sheila Flaherty now brings us the experience of authentic inuksuit cuisine, (or Inuit food), from her home in Iqaluit.   Her roots in the North, however, are anything but recent. Her mother originates from Tuktoyaktuk in the Northwest Territories, and Chef Flaherty is committed to sharing her love for traditionally-made inuksuit with the rest of Canada and... read more

Helena Loureiro

Residency dates: June 2020 - September 2020
Helena Loureiro is the Executive Chef and owner of Portus 360 and Restaurant Helena in Montreal. Adopting Québec as her new home over 30 years ago, she warms the hearts of locals by sharing the culture of her native country; Portugal. Her modern and creative cuisine, directly inspired by her travels and her grandmother’s family recipes, have helped her create a reputation as one of Montreal’s top chefs. A few years following the completion of her studies at... read more


Ryan Hotchkiss

Residency dates: January 2020 - March 2020
Born and raised in St. Albert, just outside Edmonton, Alberta, Chef Ryan Hotchkiss began his culinary career after high school and a move to Whistler, BC where he got his modest first taste of restaurant work, in the dish pit of a local eatery. After working a few more restaurant jobs, both in front and back of house in Whistler, he made the move back to Edmonton to commence a more formal culinary education and to hone his skills in apprenticeships in established restaurants such as Il... read more


Rich Francis

Residency dates: September 2019 - November 2019
Now widely recognized as one of the finalists on Canada’s Top Chef (season 4), Rich Francis is redirecting the spotlight to issues of importance to him, namely the rights of Indigenous people to continue creating and serving food in a culturally authentic way. Formally trained at Stratford Chefs School, he also learned much of the techniques he uses now in Moose Factory on James Bay and in Iqaluit NU, from people who still live off the land. Now, as chef-owner of Seventh Fire... read more