Chef BJ Smith
Adding a little smoke to the fiery culinary scene, Executive Chef BJ Smith has spent most of his life harnessing the craft of flavor development in fine dining.Read Bio
As Executive Corporate Chef for McCormick Canada, Juriaan brings a passion to flavour and a wealth of culinary experience.
Juriaan comes to us from Europe, and has significant culinary experience in Quick-Service, Casual Dining, and Fine Dining environments. In addition to his Certified Chef de Cuisine certification, Juriaan has a degree in hotel management and is fluent in English, Dutch, German, French and Spanish.
Prior to joining McCormick Canada, Juriaan held Executive Chef roles with Unifine, Richardson Foods and most recently Kraft Heinz. Prior to that, Juriaan worked in Culinary Sales for a Dutch spice and sauce company, covering the Benelux region of Europe (Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, West Germany). Juriaan has also worked as a fine-dining chef in Aruba for four years, gaining extensive knowledge of Caribbean cuisine.
At McCormick Canada, Juriaan’s culinary expertise and his passion for flavour inspire us to make memorable meals and raise the eating experience to new levels of “wow”.
Juriaan works directly with our Insights and Product Development teams to conceptualize, create and deliver custom flavour solutions for our Industrial and Food Service customers. Our solutions are built with a “food-first” culinary mindset, combining the art of science and flavour. Because everything we do, we do for the love of food.
This culinary-inspired, “food-first” approach helps our customers meet the demand for food personality and flavour excitement. Chef Juriaan is a vital part of the team to make people's most important occasions more memorable with delicious and unexpected new flavours in their favorite foods.