Nick Benninger, chef and owner of The Fat Sparrow Group, (Waterloo, ON), is interviewed with NAC executive chef, Kenton Leier, on how their interest in cuisine was first ignited, the inspiration behind their culinary creations, and what dish they wish people would order more often.
Chef Benninger was the Resident Chef at the National Arts Centre during the summer of 2021.
Executive Chef Kenton Leier brings enthusiasm, passion, and creativity to the kitchens at Canada’s National Arts Centre.
He is a second-generation chef, born and raised in Saskatoon, in the heart of the prairies. His culinary philosophy relies on the use of sustainable and locally-sourced ingredients of the highest quality, and letting their inherent qualities stand out in his dishes.
Chef Leier led teams in Ottawa’s finest hotel kitchens before moving to the NAC in 2017. He has cooked for celebrities, politicians and dignitaries, won numerous medals nationally and internationally, and taught young cooks at Ottawa’s Algonquin College.
He is committed promoting growth and excellence in his team at the NAC and leads them in their mission to represent the best in Canadian cuisine.