Chef Stories

Meet the Top Culinary Minds

Chef Gary Patterson

Chef Gary Patterson

Executive Research Chef | Director of Culinary Science, CEC®
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Chef Rachel Gooding

Research Chef
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Chef Len King

Senior Research Chef, CEC®, CRC®
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Chef Andreas Pias

Senior Research Chef | Culinary Nutrition, CRC®
Chef Gabby Quintana

Chef Gabby Quintana

Senior Research Chef | Culinary Mixologist
McCormick Chef Chef Gary Patterson

Chef Gary Patterson

Executive Research Chef | Director of Culinary Science, CEC® Chef Gary Patterson

Chef Gary is our Executive Research Chef and Director of Culinary Science. He and his team work directly with global consumer brands, restaurants, and food manufacturing companies to create consumer, branded, and custom food products. He leads the Culinary Development Chef team, focusing on the creation of fresh and innovative food solutions, and provides support and guidance for McCormick’s Technical Innovation Teams.

Chef Gary’s accreditation include the American Culinary Federation’s Certified Executive Chef and The Culinary Institute of America’s Pro Chef III Certification. His experience at McCormick and 21-year history with The Walt Disney Company, Inc. has earned him respect throughout the food industry. His passion for flavor continues to make him a trusted partner for many of the largest food companies in the world.

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Chef Stories

Meet the Innovators

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Keith Pears

Executive Chef | Delta Marriott Toronto
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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Chef Jeremie Falissard

Executive Chef | Barroco Group
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Chef Owner Roy Oh

Chef Owner Roy Oh

Chef | Owner | Anju
Calgary, Ontario, Canada
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Alessandro Vianello

Executive Chef | Gooseneck Hospitality
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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Jessica Sanchez

Chef | Owner | Loba Restaurant
Miami, FL
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Mikel Anthony

Chef | Chef's Roll's Test Kitchen & Co-Owner Cast Iron
San Diego, CA
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Ross Coleman and James Haywood

Chefs | Owners | Kitchen 713
Houston, TX
Chef John Jackson and Chef Connie DeSousa

Chef John Jackson and Chef Connie DeSousa

Co Chef Owners | Charcut Restaurant and Rooftop Bar Simmons
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Chef BJ Smith

Chef BJ Smith

Executive Chef & Owner | Smokehouse Tavern
Portland, Oregon
Derek Dammann

Derek Dammann

Chef|Owner | Maison Publique
Plateau Mont-Royal, Montreal, Canada
Chef Murray McDonald

Chef Murray McDonald

Executive Chef | Cluny Bistro
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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Feges & Smith

Chef Owners | Feges BBQ
Houston, TX
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Julia Momose

Partner & Creative Director Kumiko & Beverage Creative Oriole | Kumiko | Oriole
Chicago, IL
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Chef George Castaneda

Executive Chef | Sodexo North America
Nashville, TN
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Nuit Regular

Chef Owner | Pai and Kiin
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Chef Adam Walker

Adam Walker

Chef | Panache
Baltimore/DC
Gabe Erales

Gabe Erales

Executive Chef | Dai Due Taqueria
Austin, TX
Josh Harmon

Josh Harmon

Chef |
Dallas, TX
Drew Garms

Drew Garms

Executive Chef|USA Chef of the Year | The Everglades Club
Palm Beach, FL
Chef Scott Cannon

Chef Scott Cannon

Executive Chef | Cork & Craft
San Diego, CA
Jason Story

Jason Story

Executive Chef | Canadian Brewhouse
Canada
Sean MacDonald

Sean MacDonald

Executive Chef | Hexagon & 7 Enoteca
Oakville, Ontario, Canada
Chef Ned Bell

Chef Ned Bell

Executive Chef | OceanWise & Vancouver Aquarium
Vancouver, British Columbia
Kim Alter

Kim Alter

Chef|Owner | Nightbird Restaurant & Linden Room
San Francisco, CA, USA
Misti Norris

Misti Norris

Chef | Owner | Petra and the Beast
Dallas, TX
Nicole Gomes

Nicole Gomes

Chef|Owner | Cluck N' Cleaver|Nicole Gourmet Catering
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Ted Corrado

Ted Corrado

Corporate Executive Chef | The Drake Properties
Ontario, Canada
Chef John Placko

John Placko

Founder | Modern Culinary Academy | Powder for Texture
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Jacqueline Blanchard

Jacqueline Blanchard

Chef|Co-Owner | Coutelier
New Orleans, LA
Christine Rivera

Christine Rivera

Chef de Cuisine | Galaxy Taco
La Jolla, CA
Julia Sullivan

Julia Sullivan

Chef Owner | Henrietta Red
Nashville, TN
Claudette Zepeda Wilkins

Claudette Zepeda Wilkins

Executive Chef|Owner | El Jardin
San Diego, CA
Shahir Massoud

Shahir Massoud

Chef|Owner | Levetto
Aurora, Canada
Adrian Niman

Adrian Niman

Executive Chef|Founder|Owner | The Food Dudes
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Jamie Tran

Jamie Tran

Chef|Co-Owner | The Black Sheep
Las Vegas, NV
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Nathan Lemley and Sarah Heard

Chef Owners | Foreign & Domestic
Austin, TX
Shota Nakajima

Shota Nakajima

Chef|Owner | Adana
Seattle, WA, USA
Trish Gill

Trish Gill

Executive Chef|Owner | The Twisted Apron
Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Volkhart Caro

Volkhart Caro

Chef|Owner | Churros King
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Parnass Lim Savang

Parnass Lim Savang

Chef|Owner | Talat Market
Atlanta, GA
Brent Leitch

Brent Leitch

Sous Chef | Campagnolo
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Bhushan Arolkar

Bhushan Arolkar

Chef|Owner | Urban Turban
Las Vegas, NV
Chef Irene Li

Chef Irene Li

Chef Owner | Mei Mei Restaurant
Boston, MA
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Chef Philip Speer

Chef | Bonhomie
Austin, TX
Angela Garbacz

Angela Garbacz

Chef Owner | Goldenrod Pastries
Lincoln, NE
Richie Nakano

Richie Nakano

Chef|Owner | IDK Concepts
San Francisco, CA
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Chef Amanda Cohen

Executive Chef and Owner | Dirt Candy
Manhattan, NY
Chloe Epstein

Chloe Epstein

Founder/Owner | Chloe's Soft Serve Fruit Co.
New York, NY
Grover Smith

Grover Smith

Partner & Organizer | Indie Chefs Week
Houston, TX
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Chef Gregory Gourdet

Executive Chef | Departure
Portland, OR
Chef Elizabeth Falkner

Chef Elizabeth Falkner

Chef | Author | TV Personality |
Manhattan, NY
Kevin Kossowan

Kevin Kossowan

Founder | Story Chaser Productions | "From the Wild"
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Christine Moseley

Christine Moseley

CEO|Founder | Full Harvest
San Francisco, CA
Jacob Lefenfeld

Jacob Lefenfeld

Co-Owner and Bar Manager | La Cuchara
Baltimore, MD
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Keith Pears

Delta Marriott Toronto | Toronto, Ontario, Canada | http://www.socokitchenandbar.ca/m/our-team-m/ keith_pears_972x1562

Born into culinary lineage with a family-owned cafe in Vancouver, BC, Chef Keith Pears got his official start at age 15 washing dishes before attending Vancouver Community College; completing his apprenticeship in 2003.

After working with the likes of Chef Lynda Larouche and Watermark on Kits Beach, Chef Pears joined the Delta Hotels family as a 1st Cook at e.b.o. Restaurant & Lounge (Delta Burnaby Hotel & Conference Center); eventually becoming promoted to Executive Chef.

Since then, Chef Pears has transitioned to Delta Hotels by Marriott Toronto, a busy, bustling flagship location and a great personal and professional challenge he couldn't wait to take on. We recently had a chat with Chef Pears to get the inside scoop on the goings on and flavor processes behind-the-line at one of Toronto's most popular multi-restaurant hotels.

Read the full interview Chef Keith Pears

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