The much-anticipated return of the Resident Chef program in 2024 promises an adventurous culinary journey as it marks its fifth season. Showcasing a stellar lineup of remarkable culinary artists, this season invites patrons to savour an eclectic fusion of flavours, techniques, and cultural inspirations woven into Canada’s finest ingredients.
Leading the charge in this gastronomic celebration is the renowned Montreal restaurateur, Chef Paul Toussaint. Having helmed the kitchens of the esteemed Agrikol restaurant and now steering his own culinary haven, Kamúy, nestled in the heart of Montreal, Chef Toussaint is set to kickstart the season with a captivating culinary event on January 11, 2024. His unique take on traditional Haitian cuisine also promises an extraordinary dining experience at the NAC’s 1 Elgin Restaurant.
Following this delectable start, Chef Amanda Ray, the culinary virtuoso from the Drake Devonshire in Prince Edward County, takes centre stage. Her extensive global culinary journey is evident in her exquisite creations that honour the best ingredients of Prince Edward County, culminating in the anticipated Ladies Who Lunch event on March 8th, 2024.
July brings forth the culinary prowess of Chef Leah Marshall Hannon, the mastermind behind Stella’s Eatery in Waupoos, Prince Edward County. Her vision of casual fine dining, reminiscent of cherished homemade meals, elevates the dining experience to an art form. The Chef’s Table events from July 11 to 13, 2024, promise an unforgettable weekend of culinary indulgence.
As the season draws to a grand finale, Chef Chris Commandant, an esteemed member of the Kanien’keha:ka community, takes the spotlight in September. With a culinary journey rooted in heritage and modern techniques, Chef Commandant’s dedication to fusing Haudenosaunee traditions with contemporary flavours will be honoured during a gala dinner followed by a performance by multidisciplinary artist, Santee Smith Tekaronhiáhkhwa, presented by NAC Indigenous Theatre.
Prepare to embark on a culinary odyssey that celebrates diversity, innovation, and the rich tapestry of Canada’s culinary landscape at the National Arts Centre’s Resident Chef Program.