On August 24, 100 diners will enjoy an incredible culinary evening as acclaimed chefs from Toronto and Ottawa serve up a fundraising feast supporting the Ottawa Humane Society and the Kurt O. Waldele Student Bursary Endowment fund at Algonquin College. Waldele is well known for his 30+ years as Executive Chef at the National Arts Centre until his death from cancer in 2009.
The lineup for this event - billed as "Toronto Takes Over - One Night Only" - includes international culinary superstar, Anthony Walsh, Corporate Executive Chef of the Oliver & Bonacini Restaurants. He is taking over the kitchen at Ottawa's Sheraton Hotel for this special dining adventure, which will allow guests to experience the best of Canada's culinary scene in a unique and intimate way.
Joining Walsh from Toronto is his Chef du Cuisine from Canteen, Michael Hay, along with Charlotte Langley, Executive Chef at Catch, and Nathan Isberg, Owner of Atlantic. For Hay and Langley, it's a homecoming of sorts as Hay was Executive Chef at Ottawa's Courtyard Restaurant and Back Lane Café, while Langley was Executive Chef at Whalesbone Oyster House.
Ottawa's star chef team is led by Sheraton Hotel Executive Chef Frédéric Filliodeau, who will be joined by Executive Chef at the NAC, John Morris, as well as Clifford Lyness, Executive Chef at Brookstreet Hotel and Danny Mongeon, Executive Chef and Operator, Hooch Bourbon House.
In addition to exceptional food, the exclusive evening will also offer an opportunity to observe and interact with the chefs at work. Served hors d'oeuvres will be followed by a multi-course meal as well as expert wine pairings and craft beer.
"I was excited to learn I'd be cooking with Charlotte Langley," said Chef Danny Mongeon. "We quickly agreed we wanted play with scallops and Ahi tuna and then we worked towards a particular flavour profile. It's going to be fun to be on stage, creating the plates and interacting with the audience. I am honoured to have been asked to cook with such great chefs and for such a worthwhile cause."
NAC Executive Chef John Morris is collaborating with Michael Hay on a dish that will feature seasonal elements and a medley of textures and flavours. Morris is particularly proud to participate in this event, given Waldele's tremendous legacy at the NAC.
"He built a culinary tradition here that still lives on, especially through the team that remains. I feel like I've gotten to know him better through all the stories - everyone continues to have so much respect and love for Chef Waldele," Morris said.
The remaining tickets for Toronto Takes Over - One Night Only are available online; they come alone or in packages that include tickets for the Ottawa Humane Society's Annual Summer Harvest Garden Party, taking place at the National Arts Centre the following day (Sunday, August 25).