In Memoriam

photo by Joanna Dickins

This has been a hard week for the food and restau­rant world. Toronto’s restau­rant com­mu­nity recently lost beloved chef Dan DeMatteis, for­mer chef de cui­sine at Jamie Kennedy Wine Bar and cur­rent chef de cui­sine with Brad Long at Cafe Belong. Only in his thir­ties, Dan was a chef of the new school, he was a kind and gen­tle guy who inspired love and respect from his peers. Dan will be sorely missed on this city’s din­ing scene.

A memo­r­ial ser­vice will be held at the Evergreen Brickworks for Dan this evening, catered by Cafe Belong it will be an oppor­tu­nity for those who knew Dan to come together to remem­ber him.

Food Network chef Anthony Sedlak also passed away this week­end. The young chef was only twenty-nine years old but had already made his mark on the country’s culi­nary con­cious­ness. His show “The Main” ran for four sea­sons and spawned a best­selling cook­book, of the same name, of ele­gant com­fort food recipes. His lat­est show, “Family Cook Off” saw him in the role of judge in a fun, fam­ily friendly cook­ing chal­lenge for­mat. Sedlak had recently signed on to re-invent the menus at the Toronto Don Valley Hotel & Suites.

It is a hard thing to come to terms with the loss of these two tal­ented young men, our thoughts and prayers go out to the fam­i­lies, friends and col­leagues of each.


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  • Bailey

    I usu­ally come to the FF web­page to read the flyer or get recipe inspi­ra­tion. Never did I think I would scroll down and see Dan’s face on here.
    I had the oppor­tu­nity to work with Dan when open­ing Cafe Belong last sum­mer, and stayed with the restau­rant for months — months of com­ing to work and expe­ri­enc­ing the kind­ness and warmth you would feel from hav­ing a con­ver­sa­tion with Dan. He always put up with my inces­sant whin­ing to add Eggs Benedict to the brunch menu, and obliged with my requests for hugs on the daily. Hearing about his pass­ing is not only shock­ing but extremely sad­den­ing. His fam­ily, friends, and food fam­ily are in my thoughts.

  • Ivy Knight

    It took us all by sur­prise, he is dearly missed. Thanks so much for your comment