The World’s Greatest Chef is Coming to Toronto

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Canada’s leading foodservice and hospitality symposium that brings together the elite of Canada’s industry including influential chefs, food writers, wine and food experts and business leaders – is honored to announce the special guest appearance of renowned chef and co-owner, Rene Redzepi of Denmark’s Noma — the three-time reigning Best Restaurant in the World, according to The World Best 50 Restaurant List (sponsored by San Pellegrino) — to its line-up of guest presenters.

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fresh homemade fortune cookies at Terroir 2012


This year’s event, entitled For the Love of Food: stories, memories and culture, takes place at Oliver & Bonacini’s Arcadian Court in Toronto on April 8, 2013 and will host those with a passion for the business of food and hospitality.

The schedule includes a continental breakfast by Oliver & Bonacini, mainstage presentations, a themed lunch interpreted by a roster of innovative chefs, informative, hands-on breakout sessions and demonstrations, thought-provoking panel discussions, a wine tasting, and a high profile networking After Party at Toronto’s Drake Hotel.

“This year, we’ve raised the bar for the industry with the unparalleled roster of talent participating in our thought leadership event,” said Arlene Stein, Chair, Terroir.  “It signifies the coming of age of Canada on the world’s culinary stage and we guarantee a world-class, not-to-be missed event,” Ms. Stein promised.

Here are all the details:

All you need is love… of food, memories and culture

With the goal of showcasing the best and brightest, in addition to Chef Redzepi this year’s internationals guests also include Magnus Nilsson, chef/owner, Faviken, Sweden; Alessandro Porcelli, owner, Nordic Gourmet Tours ApS/founder, Cook it Raw, Copenhagen; Kobe Desramaults, chef/owner, In de Wulf, Belgium; Trevor Gulliver, partner, St. John’s, UK; JP McMahon, chef, Aniar, Ireland; Trine Hahnemann, chef/author, Denmark; Peter Templehoff, chef, The Collection by Liz McGrath, South Africa; Joe Warwick, food critic/author, UK; Mitchell Davis, EVP, The James Beard Foundation, US; Noah and Rae Bernamoff, owners, Mile End Delicatessen, US; Adam Mason, winemaker, Mulderbosch, South Africa;  Per Anders and Lotte Jorgensen, editors, FOOL, Sweden; Padraic Og Gallagher, chef, Boxty’s, Ireland, and Ingrid Fetell, designer, The Aesthetics of Joy, US; and Anne Mendelson, author, The Surprising Story of Milk through the Ages, US; among others.

Canadian guest speakers include Nick Saul, CEO, Food Centres Canada; Andrea Most, Associate Professor, English, American Literature and Jewish Studies, University of Toronto; Gillian Files and Brent Preston, The New Farm, Creemore; Joshna Maharaj, Chef/Culinary Activist, Toronto; Edward Pond, photographer, Toronto; Paul Rogalski, chef, Rouge, Calgary, AB; Lesley Chesterman, critic, Montreal Gazette, PQ; Toby Nemeth, co-owner, Edulis, Toronto, among others.  Marketing and culture expert, Max Valiquette of Toronto will act as emcee.

Celebrating the sandwich

The not-to-be missed luncheon program is curated by Swallow magazine editor, Ivy Knight and is entitled The Lunch Counter, in celebration of the all-time favourite, the sandwich.  Culinary luminaries participating include Jeremy Charles, Raymonds, Nfld, Matthew Jennings, Laiterie Bistro, Providence, Rhode Island, US, Derek Dammann, Maison Publique, Montreal, PQ, Craig Deihl, Cypress, Charleston, South Carolina, US and Matt and Erin De Mille, Pomodoro/Royal Sugar, Prince Edward County.  Toronto participants include Scott Vivian, Beast, Amanda Ray, Biff’s Bistro, Matty Matheson, Parts & Labour, Bertrand Alépée, the Tempered Chef, Rossy Earle, Supicucu and Andrea Mut, Andrea’s Gerrard Street Bakery.

The best of the best in Canada

For the second year, Terroir is proud to co-sponsor the GE Monogram Awards of Excellence for Terroir, created to inspire, nurture and celebrate professional excellence in the Canadian culinary industry.  Generously sponsored by GE Monogram, awards criteria and nominations may be made online for the categories of chef, beverage (sommelier or mixologist) and front of house.  Winners will be selected by the Terroir Committee and feted at the event, with prizes including $1,000, an all-expenses trip to Terroir and national advertising and publicity.


About Terroir

Terroir is a not-for-profit committee of industry professionals that host an annual symposium about education, networking, sharing collective resources and building a community to help strengthen the industry.  The mission of the symposium is to share information with hospitality industry professionals; to encourage community, culture, provide educational opportunities and enhanced relationships; to recognize and appreciate members of the industry, products, ideas and inspiration; to invest and support one other, and thereby strengthen the hospitality industry as a whole. This year’s sponsors include GE Monogram, the Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance, Good Food Revolution, The Siren Group Inc., South African Airways, Porter Airlines, Le Creuset, Wines of South Africa, Gordon Food Services and Failte Ireland.  For more information go to or follow on Facebook or on Twitter @TerroirTalk #Terroir7.

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