Master Chef's

Layne Ardell

Current Position & Establishment:
Corporate Chef, Prairie Meats and Executive Chef, Al Dente Bistro & Catering

Past Positions:

  • Executive Chef MacArthur River Uranium Minea
  • Executive Chef Selwyn Lake Lodge
  • Executive Sous Chef Saskatoon Travelodge

Activities/Awards:

  • 2015 Zoo Gala People’s Choice Champ
  • 2013 Culinary Coat of Excellence award winner for Saskatoon Progressive Supper
  • 2001 Achieved Legendary Master Chef Status on HALO
  • I love building Star Wars Lego with my daughter Isabella

Fun Facts:

  • Favourite piece of kitchen equipment: Grill Mat
  • Last Supper: Meatball Sub on Poppy Pesto Torpedo Bun
  • Favourite Chef: Joël Robucho
  • Before I die I want to eat at?...(again) at Joël Robuchon’s restaurant in MGM Grand-Vegas

Family:

  • Daughters Isabella (4 years old) and Scarlette (1.5 years old) and wife Crystal. Isabella’s favourite food is ribs and sushi and Scarlette loves chocolate and cabbage.

Philosophy:

Life is better with bacon - especially cherry smoked bacon.

Luis Lopez

Twitter: CDC_Luisl

Instagram: luislopezm

Workplace website: http://www.leydas.com

Current Position & Establishment:
Leyda’s Café Chef de Cuisine

Past Positions:

  • Executive Chef at Hospital Marina Mazatlan
  • Private Chef for Fraser Yachts Inc.
  • Chef for el 4to Burger

Activities/Awards:

  • 1st place Best Cook William & Sonoma Mexico 2016
  • 2nd place U.S.A. Rice Federation 2009

Fun Facts:

  • Favourite piece of kitchen equipment: Rational Oven
  • Last Supper: Bacon Grilled Cheese
  • Favourite Chef: Enrique Olvera
  • Before I die I want to eat at?... el celler de Can Roca

Family:

  • Married with two lovely dogs, a French bulldog and a Doxie.

Philosophy:

Find what you love, and let it kill you.

Simon Reynolds

Workplace website: http://www.simonsfinefoods.com

Current Position & Establishment:
Chef Owner at Simon’s Fine Foods

Past Positions:

  • Chef owner Simon’s British Flavours
  • Head Chef The Carved Angel Gastro Pub - Colchester, England

Activities/Awards:

  • Kayaking
  • Fishing

Fun Facts:

  • Favourite piece of kitchen equipment: Vitamix
  • Last Supper: Chicken madras, naan, mango chutney, sag aloo
  • Favourite Chef: Darren Craddock
  • Before I die I want to eat at?... The Fat Duck in Bray-on-Thames

Family:

Say what you mean, mean what you say.

Moksud Mohammed (Ahmed)

Twitter: ChefAhmedM

Workplace website: www.usask.ca/consumer_services/culinaryservices

Current Position & Establishment:
Executive Sous Chef at University of Saskatchewan

Past Positions:
Management positions in various hotels & restaurants in Toronto and New York including last position as chef de cuisine at Stage West Hotel and Theatre Restaurant in Toronto.

Past Activities/Awards:

  • Multiple Gold, Silver, Bronze Medals at Culinary Competitions in Toronto
  • Silver medalist at ACF World Chef Competition

Current Activities/Awards:
I’m responsible for the culinary operations of the University of Saskatchewan’s multi-outlet environment including Residential Dining, Catering, Banquets, Retail Food Outlet’s Grab and Go Program, President Residence Meals and all special events. Also, I oversee and direct culinary brigade of over 60 culinarian.

Fun Facts:

  • Favourite piece of kitchen equipment: Smoking gun
  • Last Supper: Grilled Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich
  • Favourite Chef: Thomas Keller/li>
  • Before I die I want to eat at?...Gaggan in Bangkok and Eleven Madison Park in New York

Family:
Live with my wife and two beautiful sons.

Philosophy:
My culinary philosophy is based on seasonal fresh sustainable products and simple ideas. Always try to minimize waste and make the best of what I have available.

Steve Squier

Twitter: chefsquier

Workplace website: http://www.picaro.ca

Current Position & Establishment:
Executive Chef of Picaro (opening in September)

Past Positions:

  • Sous Chef at Delta Bessborough
  • Sous Chef at Fairmont Hotel MacDonald
  • Chef de Partie at Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

Activities/Awards:

  • Gold Medal Plates/Canadian Culinary Championships
  • Canadian Finalist San Pellegrino Young Chefs 2016
  • Semi Finalist Chef’s Series competition 2016

Fun Facts:

  • Favourite piece of kitchen equipment: Chef’s knife
  • Last Supper: Handmade pasta with tomatoes and fresh basil
  • Favourite Chef: Alex Atala
  • Before I die I want to eat at?... All there is to eat

Philosophy:

Love what you do… cook good food.

Tyler Orser

Workplace website: http://www.saskatooninn.com

Current Position & Establishment:
Sous Chef at Saskatoon Inn

Past Positions:

  • Line Cook
  • Chef de Parti
  • Banquet Cook

Activities/Awards:

  • Volunteer Work
  • Home Butcher
  • Farm on family farm

Fun Facts:

  • Favourite piece of kitchen equipment: Band Saw
  • Last Supper: Lamb
  • Favourite Chef: Anthony Bourdain
  • Before I die I want to eat at?... Street Market in China

Philosophy:

Try everything once.

Darren Craddock

Twitter: craddy1971

Instagram: dcraddock

Current Position & Establishment:
Executive Chef at Delta Bessborough by Marriot

Past Positions:

  • Executive Chef at Riverside Country Club, Saskatoon
  • Executive Chef at Radisson Admiral Hotel, Toronto
  • Executive Sous Chef at Metropolitan Hotel, Toronto

Activities/Awards:

  • Gold Medal Plates Gold Medalist- 2015, 2012
  • Gold Medal Plates Silver Medalist- 2014
  • Saskatoon Chef of the Year- 2015, 2012

Fun Facts:

  • Favourite piece of kitchen equipment: Vitamix
  • Last Supper: a proper English Sunday Roast dinner
  • Favourite Chef: Marco Pierre White
  • Before I die I want to eat at?... French Laundry

Family:

  • Three beautiful children - Emilie, Jayden and Chloe

Philosophy:

Take a beautiful piece of food, treat it simply and don’t complicate it.

Greg Doucette

Workplace website: http://www.therookandravenpub.com

Current Position & Establishment:
Chef at the Rook & Raven Pub since opening in 2011

Past Positions:

  • Classically French trained and heavily influenced in modern Italian during his time in Montreal
  • Experimental in use of offal, off cuts, charcuterie, and Sask grains, pulses and mustard.
  • Likes to spend time volunteering in schools and teaching kids how to cook

Activities/Awards:

  • Winner of Beer Bacon Bands 2015
  • Winner of People’s Choice Award at PotashCorp Wintershines Soup Cook Off 2016
  • Participated in Chef’s Gala, Zoo Gala and Gold Medal plates where he plans to take the podium this year!

Fun Facts:

  • Favourite piece of kitchen equipment: Wooden spoon/tongs/ French knife
  • Last Supper: Whole roast pig (especially cheek, shank and belly) with rice, beans, polenta and collards. An assortment of dumplings and rolls to start.
  • Favourite Chef: Anthony Bourdain
  • Before I die I want to eat at?... The French Laundry. Alinea.

Family:

  • Constant source of love and inspiration, his daughter Sophie.

Philosophy:

To provide simple yet creative and technically executed food to a wide variety of clientele while providing unsurpassed value for their hard earned dollar. Also to provide motivation and fundamental skills to the younger generation of cooks in hopes to see them succeed as future Chefs.

Dana Chadorf

Instagram: DanaChadorf

Current Position & Establishment:
Sous chef at Saskatoon Club full time, Sous Chef at Riverside Gold and Country Club for the summer and private cooking class instructor for adults and kids

Past Positions:

  • Line Cook at the Lodge of Torrey Pines in La Jolla, California
  • Line Cook at Tender Greens in San Diego, California

Activities/Awards:

  • Saskatchewan Top Chef Winner 2015 & 2016
  • 2017 Wintershines Soup Cook Off Winner
  • 2014 Senior Turkey Competition Winner

Fun Facts:

  • Favourite piece of kitchen equipment: The ones that work right, especially ovens
  • Last Supper: North Pacific oysters, Sancere with my loved ones and friends and vodka to wash down the idea that it’s my last supper
  • Favourite Chef: Besides Anthony McCarthy? Julia Child for her love of sharing her passion for great food.
  • Before I die I want to eat at?... Working on a new bucket list of restaurants

Family:

  • Husband Matt Morris and dog Bertha.

Philosophy:

Be kind and respectful to one another and especially to your food sources.

Michael Link

Twitter: chefbull6

Workplace website: http://www.sasktelcentre.com and http://www.willowsgolf.com

Current Position & Establishment:
Chef for Western Concessions at SaskTel Centre/ Consulting chef at The Willows

Past Positions:

  • Soulieo Foods

Activities/Awards:

  • Silver Medalist Gold Medal Plates 2013
  • Three time Gold Medal Plates Competitor

Fun Facts:

  • Favourite piece of kitchen equipment: An 8 burner and a good sauté pan
  • Last Supper: Seared Foie Gras on brioche
  • Favourite Chef: Chef Blair Lebsack
  • Before I die I want to eat at?... Le Bernardin

Family:

  • Wife, Michelle and two daughters, Bailey and Nicole.

Philosophy:

Simple food, simple plates.

Matthew Robin

Workplace website: http://www.capitolyxe.ca

Current Position & Establishment:
Kitchen Manager at Capitol Music Club

Past Positions:

  • Executive Chef at The Ivy
  • Executive Chef at The League Sports Lounge
  • Executive Chef at Tusq Steak House

Fun Facts:

  • Favourite piece of kitchen equipment: An good Chef’s knife
  • FLast Supper: New York Striploin with a cold black bean pasta, avocado, corn, tomato & peanut sauce
  • Favourite Chef: Gordon Ramsey
  • FBefore I die I want to eat at?... The French Laundry

Family:

  • Married for 6 years with a two year old son. From a family of four siblings and parents.

Philosophy:

Enjoy the moment that’s happening right now. Don’t focus on the past or it will cloud the future.

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