Our Top 5 Chef Works Must-Haves

We love how easy it is to look good when dressed in Chef Works apparel. Check out our top 5 picks !



BERKELEY CHEFS BIB APRON. We love the street-meets-rural vibe it has going on. You might recognize it on our Feast On chefs at the 2018 Terroir Rural Retreat!

The Chef Works Urban Collection is meant to be practical and yet fashion-forward, inspired by emerging trends with gourmet food trucks, fusion cuisine and rising culinary chefs.


BOWTIE. To the front of house we go! These cute bowties add a touch of sophistication when greeting and serving guests in your dining room. 


MARRAKESH WOMEN'S CHEF COAT. Inspired by the kitchens of Sonora, Mexico, the Marrakesh will make any lady chef feel like she's looking classy.

This is a fashion-forward coat that flatters the feminine form. With a flattering crossover collar, figure enhancing darts and flared hip opening, this single-breasted, coat redefines chef coats.



MANHATTAN DRIVER CAP. Take a trip back to the Gastby era! On your bartender or sous chef, this edgy newsboy cap fits right in in a casual setting.



GINGHAM DRESS SHIRT. We love that this gingham shirt can either be dressed up or down depending on your style of restaurant. Maybe add one of the bowties above!  

The Great Ontario Craft Brew by Beau's All Natural & Great Lakes Brewery

Calling all beer lovers!

Our Signature beer sponsors, Beau's All Natural and Great Lakes Brewery, are creating an all-Ontario beer to be tapped at Terroir 2018!

The Great Ontario Craft Brew will be brewed on March 26th at Great Lakes Brewery using VQH Farms hops, Barn Owl malt and yeast from Escarpment Labs.

INSTAGRAM CONTEST: Want to be a part of the brewing process? Want a chance to name this locally-inspired brew? Check out @TerroirTalk, @BeausAllNatural and @GreatLakesBeer Instagram accounts March 5-9. We are accepting name entries for the beer on each contest post. The winner will be invited to Brew Day on March 26th! 

Don't miss the tapping of the keg at the 12th Annual Terroir Symposium on April 23rd, 2018.

Eligibility: The Contest is open to legal residents of Ontario who are nineteen (19) years of age or older at the time of entry.

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By participating in this Contest, each entrant agrees to be legally bound by these Official Contest Rules and Regulations (the "Rules"). This contest is not sponsored or associated with Instagram

The Contest begins on March 5th, 2018 at 12:00 A.M. Eastern Time (ET) and ends on March 9th, 2018 at 11:59 P.M. (the "Contest Period").


The Contest is open to legal residents of Ontario who are nineteen (19) years of age or older at the time of entry, except employees, representatives or agents of Beau’s All Natural, Great Lakes Brewery and the Terroir Symposium (the "Sponsor(s)"), its subsidiaries, affiliates, distributors, prize suppliers, advertising/promotion agencies  and any other entity involved in the development, production, administration, or fulfillment of the Contest (collectively, the "Contest Parties").



Submit a unique and original brew name in the comments of the contest photo on one (or more) of the following Instagram accounts: @BeausAllNatural, @GreatLakesBeer, @TerroirTalk

There are unlimited entries per person during the Contest Period. For greater certainty and the avoidance of any doubt, you can only use one (1) Account to enter the Contest.  If it is discovered by the Sponsor (using any evidence or other information made available to or otherwise discovered by the Sponsor) that any person has attempted to: (i) use multiple names, identities, email addresses, Accounts and/or any automated, macro, script, robotic or other system(s) or program(s) to enter or otherwise participate in or to disrupt this Contest; then he/she may be disqualified from the Contest in the sole and absolute discretion of the Sponsor. Your Entry may be rejected if (in the sole and absolute discretion of the Sponsor) it is not submitted and received in accordance with these Rules during the Contest Period. The Released Parties (defined below) are not responsible for late, lost, misdirected, delayed, incomplete, illegible or incompatible Entries (all of which are void).   

All Entries and entrants are subject to verification at any time and for any reason. The Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole and absolute discretion, to require proof of identity and/or eligibility (in a form acceptable to the Sponsor – including, without limitation, government issued photo identification): (i) for the purposes of verifying an individual's eligibility to participate in this Contest; (ii) for the purposes of verifying the eligibility and/or legitimacy of any Reply or other information submitted (or purportedly submitted) for the purposes of this Contest; and/or (iii) for any other reason the Sponsor deems necessary, in its sole and absolute discretion, for the purposes of administering this Contest in accordance with these Rules.  Failure to provide such proof to the complete satisfaction of the Sponsor within the timeline specified by the Sponsor may result in disqualification in the sole and absolute discretion of the Sponsor.  The sole determinant of the time for the purposes of this Contest will be the Sponsor's Website server machine(s). 



To be eligible for entry in this Contest, your submission must be relevant to the Topic and unique and original (and, for greater certainty, you cannot substantially copy someone else's submission).

By participating in the Contest, each entrant agrees to be legally bound by these Rules and by the interpretation of these Rules by the Sponsor, and further warrants and represents that his/her Reply:

i.        is original to him/her and that the entrant has all necessary rights (including, without limitation, any copyright to the manner in which the submission is expressed) in and to the submission to enter the Contest;

ii.        does not violate any law or any other person's copyright, intellectual property rights or any other type of rights;

iii.        notwithstanding the above, if any other person claims any rights over the submission, you agree to work with the Sponsor after the conclusion of the Contest Period to obtain all rights for the submission from that other person for the Sponsor in the event that the Sponsor wishes to use your Reply as set out below. Entrants may be required to provide the Sponsor with a grant of rights and proof of consent from third parties in a form acceptable to the Sponsor; and

iv.        is not defamatory, trade libelous, pornographic or obscene, endorses, condones or discusses any illegal, inappropriate or risky behaviour or conduct, personal information of individuals, including without limitation, names, telephone numbers and addresses (physical or electronic), constitutes commercial messages, comparisons or solicitations for products or services other than those of the Sponsor; and/or contains any other content that is or could be considered inappropriate, unsuitable or offensive, all as determined by the Sponsor in its sole and absolute discretion.

The Sponsor will screen every submission received within five (5) business days of its receipt. Any submission that the Sponsor deems, in its sole and absolute discretion, to violate the terms and conditions set forth in these Rules will be removed from the comment section. The Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole and absolute discretion, to request an entrant to modify or edit his or her submission, in order to help ensure that it complies with these Rules, or for any other reason.

By submitting a name, you agree that your submission is made without restriction, that Sponsor is free to disclose the name on a non-confidential basis to anyone or otherwise use such ideas without any additional compensation to you. You acknowledge that, by accepting your name, Sponsor does not waive any rights to use similar or related ideas previously known to Sponsor, or developed by its employees, or obtained from sources other than you. By entering the Contest and submitting a name, each entrant (i) grants the Sponsor, in perpetuity, an exclusive license to use, implement, publish, display, reproduce, modify, license, edit or otherwise use his/her name (including, without limitation, the ideas contained in his/her Reply), in whole or in part, in any way, including, without limitation, for the purpose of advertising or promoting the Contest, the Sponsor and the services or products of the Sponsor for any other reason; (ii) waives all moral rights in and to the name submission in favour of the Sponsor; (iii) agrees to work with the Sponsor to secure any rights from any third party who may claim any right to the name or any portion thereof should the Sponsor decide to exercise the rights granted herein; and (iv) agrees to release and hold harmless the Contest Parties and each of their respective agents, employees, directors, successors, and assigns (collectively, the "Released Parties") from and against any and all claims based on publicity rights, moral rights, defamation, invasion of privacy, copyright infringement, trade-mark infringement, confidentiality obligations or any other cause of action that relates in any way to his/her name. The Sponsor may contact any entrant for the purposes of exercising the rights granted herein; and may require that the entrant confirm and/or perfect this grant of rights in writing in a form acceptable to the Sponsor. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Sponsor is in no way obligated to use, implement, reproduce, publish or broadcast any name, and any use shall be in the Sponsor's sole and absolute discretion. Should Great Lakes Beer ever wish to use the name again, they can do so with the approval of the Culinary Tourism Alliance.


There will be one (1) grand prize (the "Grand Prize") available to be won, which consists of an invitation to participate in Brew Day on March 26th at Great Lakes Brewery, 30 Queen Elizabeth Blvd, Etobicoke, ON M8Z 1L8.

The winner must be responsible for transportation to and from this event.

The Grand Prize must be accepted as awarded and is not transferable, assignable or convertible to cash. No substitutions except at Sponsor's option. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole and absolute discretion, to substitute any Prize with a prize of equal or greater retail value, including, without limitation, but at Sponsor's sole and absolute discretion, a cash award. 


Throughout the Contest Period, a panel of judges (the "Judges") appointed by the Sponsor at its sole and absolute discretion will judge all eligible names received on the basis of the following equally-weighted judging criteria (the "Judging Criteria"): (1) the effectiveness of the Reply; (2) the feasibility of the Reply; and (3) the presentation of the Reply.  Each eligible Reply will be assigned an overall label of: 1) "Yes, the Reply should proceed to the next stage of the Grand Prize winner selection process" (a "Yes Label"); OR 2) "No , the Reply should not proceed to the next stage of the Grand Prize winner selection process" (a "No Label").

On March 12th, 2018 (the "Selection Date"), the Judges will judge all eligible Replies received during the Contest Period that received a Yes Label and will assign each such name a score (each, a "Score") on the basis of the Judging Criteria.  The entrant associated with the Reply that obtains the highest Score (as determined by the Judges at their sole and absolute discretion) will be deemed the potential Grand Prize winner. In the event of a tie, the Reply (from among such Replies that are tied) that obtained the highest score on the first Judging Criteria listed above will be deemed to have obtained the higher Score. The odds of winning the Grand Prize depend on the number of eligible names received during the Contest Period and the calibre of such names based on the Judging Criteria.

The Sponsor or its designated representative will make a maximum of three (3) attempts to contact the potential Grand Prize winner by email or telephone (using the information associated with his/her Account) within ten (10) days of the Selection Date. If the potential Grand Prize winner cannot be contacted within a maximum of three (3) attempts or ten (10) days of the Selection Date or there is a return of any notification as undeliverable; then he/she will be disqualified (and will forfeit all rights to the Grand Prize) and the Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole and absolute discretion, to select the eligible entrant who received the next highest Score to be the potential Grand Prize winner (in which case the foregoing provisions of this section shall apply to such new potential Grand Prize winner).

BEFORE BEING DECLARED THE CONFIRMED GRAND PRIZE WINNER, the potential Grand Prize winner must sign and return within ten (10) business days of notification a declaration and release prepared by the Sponsor, which, among other things: (i) confirms compliance with these Rules; (ii) agrees to release the Released Parties from any and all claims, damages, liabilities, costs, and expenses arising from any liability in connection with this Contest and/or his/her participation therein; (iii) assigns all intellectual property, including copyright, in and to his/her name to the Sponsor and waives his/her moral rights therein in favour of the Sponsor; (iv) agrees to indemnify the Released Parties against any and all claims, damages, liabilities, costs, and expenses arising from any use of his/her name, including, without limitation, any claim that his/her name infringes a proprietary interest of any third party; (v) acknowledges acceptance of the Grand Prize as awarded; (vi) releases the Released Parties from any and all liability in connection with the awarding and/or his/her use/misuse of the Grand Prize or any portion thereof; and (vii) agrees to the publication, reproduction and/or other use of his/her name, address, voice, statements about the Contest and/or photograph or other likeness without further notice or compensation, in any publicity or advertisement carried out by, or on behalf of, the Sponsor in any manner whatsoever, including print, broadcast or the internet. The Sponsor may require that the eligible Grand Prize winner provide confirmation in a form acceptable to the Sponsor, of the grant of rights of all individuals (or their parent or legal guardian if a minor) with rights in the name; or, where the Grand Prize winner cannot secure such confirmation, the Grand Prize winner agrees to work with the Sponsor to obtain such rights. The Sponsor is in no way obligated to use, reproduce, publish or broadcast, modify any name, and any use shall be in the Sponsor's sole and absolute discretion.

If the potential Grand Prize winner: (a) fails to return the properly executed Contest documents within the specified time; and/or (b) cannot accept the Grand Prize for any reason; then he/she will be disqualified (and will forfeit all rights to the Grand Prize) and the Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole and absolute discretion, to select the eligible entrant who received the next highest Score to be the potential Grand Prize winner (in which case the foregoing provisions of this section shall apply to such new potential Grand Prize winner).



The Released Parties will not be liable for: (i) any technical malfunction or other problems relating to the Internet, the Website, telephone network or lines, computer on-line systems, servers, access providers, computer equipment or software; (ii) the failure of any Entry to be received by the Contest Parties for any reason including, but not limited to, technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet, the Website or at any other website; (iii) any injury or damage to an entrant's or any other person's computer related to or resulting from participating or downloading any material in the Contest; and/or (iv) any combination of the above.

In the event of a dispute regarding who submitted a name, Names will be deemed to have been submitted by the authorized account holder of the email address associated with the Account that was used to submit the name in question. "Authorized account holder" is defined as the person who is assigned an email address by an internet provider, online service provider, or other organization (e.g. business, educational institute, etc.) that is responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted email address. An entrant may be required to provide proof that he/she is the authorized account holder of the email address associated with the Account that was used to submit the name in question and, if applicable, that he/she has all necessary consents, permissions and/or licenses as required by these Rules.

The Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole and absolute discretion, to withdraw, suspend or amend this Contest (or to amend these Rules) in any way, in the event of an error, technical problem, computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failure or any other cause beyond the reasonable control of the Sponsor that interferes with the proper conduct of this Contest as contemplated by these Rules. Any attempt to deliberately damage any website or to undermine the legitimate operation of this Contest is a violation of criminal and civil laws and should such an attempt be made, the Sponsor reserves the right to seek remedies and damages to the fullest extent permitted by law. The Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole and absolute discretion, to cancel, amend or suspend this Contest, or to amend these Rules, without prior notice or obligation, in the event of any accident, printing, administrative, or other error or any kind, or for any other reason.

This Contest is subject to all applicable federal, provincial and municipal laws. The decisions of the Sponsor with respect to all aspects of this Contest are final and binding on all entrants without right of appeal, including, without limitation, any decisions regarding the eligibility/disqualification of entrants and Entries.

The Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole and absolute discretion, and without prior notice, to adjust any of the dates and/or timeframes stipulated in these Rules, to the extent necessary, for purposes of verifying compliance by any entrant or Entry with these Rules, or as a result of technical problems, or in light of any other circumstances which, in the opinion of the Sponsor, in its sole and absolute discretion, affect the proper administration of the Contest as contemplated in these Rules.

By entering this Contest, each entrant expressly consents to the Sponsor, its agents and/or representatives, storing, sharing and using the personal information submitted with his/her Entry for the purpose of administering the Contest and in accordance with Sponsor's privacy policy. This section does not limit any other consent(s) that an individual may provide the Sponsor or others in relation to the collection, use and/or disclosure of their personal information.

In the event of any discrepancy or inconsistency between the terms and conditions of these Rules and disclosures or other statements contained in any Contest-related materials, the terms and conditions of these Rules shall prevail, govern and control.

Meet Ned Bell, Legendary Ocean Wise Chef

If you couldn’t tell by now, we are sustainable seafood superfans. In addition to partnering with Ocean Wise, we’re thrilled to welcome back sustainable seafood advocate, Ned Bell.

Ned is the talented Ocean Wise Executive Chef. Not only does he practice what he preaches in the kitchen, he is also committed to preaching the word across the country.


In 2014, Chef Ned created Chefs for Oceans in partnership with the Ocean Wise seafood program. This movement engages chefs and communities across Canada to ask questions about the seafood they’re eating, where it comes from and how to make ocean-friendly choices. Ned was able to raise tremendous awareness by riding his bike across the country for this worthy cause. Talk about provoking inspiration!

The goal is that through increased awareness and accessibility to sustainable seafood, environmentally responsible practices will become the standard for generations to come. Ned hopes that one day, all Canadians will be able to easily access sustainable seafood for themselves and their families. We can’t wait to be a part of that world.


Besides his work with Ocean Wise and Chefs for Oceans, chef Ned Bell is also an ambassador for National Sustainable Seafood Day; a day that highlights the importance of healthy rivers, lakes and oceans for both people and our environment. With his two young children in mind, he is dedicated to making our oceans healthier for all children and future generations.

Hear from Ned and others in the sustainable seafood movement at Terroir 2018. He will be joined by Hana Nelson of Afishionado Fishmongers, Maxime Daigle of La Maison Beausoleil and Sonia Strobel of Skipper Otto to talk about how you, as a consumer and/or foodservice professional, can support your fishmongers and oyster farmers.

Learn more about sustainability guidelines and how to prepare some of these delicious fish in Chef Ned’s new cookbook, Lure: Sustainable Seafood Recipes from the West Coast.

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Overfishing is one of the biggest threats our oceans face today. The Ocean Wise symbol next to a seafood item is our assurance of an ocean-friendly seafood choice. With over 700 Ocean Wise partners with thousands of locations across Canada, the Ocean Wise seafood program makes it easy for consumers to make sustainable seafood choices that ensure the health of our oceans for generations to come.

Discover Small-Batch Craft Cider in Thornbury Village

Take a trip into the famous Blue Mountains along Georgian Bay in Ontario and you will come across a plethora of sweet apple offerings. While you're there, make sure you stay awhile in Thornbury, the heart of Ontario apply country. With a variety of knowledgeable, experienced apple growers, it's the idyllic place to build a hard cider house.

That's one of the reasons Thornbury Village Craft Cider House set up shop right smack-dab in the heart of the town. They've been producing award-winning, premium quality Ontario craft ciders in their century-old historic apple processing facility since 2007.


Thornbury Village Craft cider is carefully crafted in small batches using Ontario-sourced, fresh-pressed apples.

Thornbury is committed to using only the best production systems to make an authentic product that reflects the quality of the apples they source. The hope is that one day Thornbury Village will be associated with cider the way that Niagara is associated with Canadian wine.


Their flagship product, Thornbury Premium Apple Cider, is the #1 selling Ontario-made craft cider. This cider drinks like the classic English-style cider – light, dry & crisp. Best served chilled or over ice on a sun-soaked patio. BONUS: Thornbury Premium Cider is 100% gluten-free!

Beyond their flagship cider, they also offer other unique creations like the tart but refreshing cranberry apple cider and the a seasonal spiced autumn cider, both available in their tasting room. A visit to their brand new tasting room means getting to try their latest experimental varietals and learning more about the cider making process.  

Enjoy the celebrated Thornbury Village Craft Cider being poured at the 12th Annual Terroir Symposium.

Find out more about Thornbury Village Craft at thornburycraft.com


Newcomer Kitchen Creates Hub for Syrian Families

Newcomer Kitchen is "cooking up opportunity" for Syrian refugee families in Toronto. 

Many people in this country are happy to announce they “are proud to be Canadian.” People quickly go on to recount a story or explanation about what it means to be Canadian or why it’s so great to live in the Great White North.

A common thread in many of these stories is how Canada is inclusive.

We’re here to share one of these stories. It’s an outstanding story about a small restaurant space that became a community for newcomers in a strange city.

 Photo by Newcomer Kitchen

Photo by Newcomer Kitchen

The Depanneur is a unique venue in Toronto’s West-End that hosts culinary activities and creative pop-up food experiences. Recently, “The Dep” as it’s affectionately known, opened its doors to the Newcomer Kitchen. This non-profit organization invites Syrian refugee women to cook a weekly meal in the Dep’s kitchen space.

This was a simple idea that has grown into something bigger thanks to the collaborative nature of everyone involved. It’s transformed into a beautiful, engaging food experience for the community, while providing new economic & social opportunities for the women and their families. Bringing people together in the kitchen has provided a safe and persistent semblance of home. It has allowed them to share stories, nurture relationships and pass along knowledge, while learning more about Canadian culture.

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It’s an inspiring story, one we’re proud to share. Len SenaterRahaf Alakbani & Esmaeel Aboufahker, co-founders of Newcomer Kitchen, join us at the Terroir Symposium on April 23, 2018 to discuss their success in building this incredible network. Their goal is to create a model that can one day be replicated with any newcomer group, in any restaurant kitchen, in any city around the world.

Newcomer Kitchen’s weekly pop-up will be hosted at The Depanneur on Wednesdays starting February 7th, 2018. The meals are sold online for pickup or delivery, and the proceeds are shared among the cooks.

To learn more about how to support or get involved with the Newcomer Kitchen, visit their website here.

Cocoa on the Horizon: It's About More Than Chocolate at Cacao Barry

Close to two centuries ago, Charles Barry travelled to Africa to seek the highest quality cacao beans he could find. Later, he became the very first chocolate connoisseur. The Cacao Barry brand has become a symbol of excellence and innovation around the world, sourcing and creating some of the finest sources of chocolate from various countries. Not only do they create these delicious morsels of sweetness, but they truly do good in this world too.

We love that one of the key priorities for Cacao Barry is sustainability – they put a lot of work into guaranteeing the livelihoods of farmers and the availability of cocoa!

One of the many ways they support cocoa farmers is through the Cocoa Horizons Foundation.

Cocoa farmers around the world face incredible challenges to make ends meet and to live healthy, productive lives. There are many reasons for this, including:

  • Limited knowledge and understanding of good agricultural practices
  • Aging farms and depleted soil
  • Unpredictable effects of climate change
  • Gender imbalance – women have limited opportunities to build skills and generate income
  • Limited basic infrastructure and services (schools, literacy, access to safe water, healthcare)
  • Child labour and unsound labour laws

…just to name a few.

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The Cocoa Horizons Foundation is a non-profit organization supervised by the Swiss Federal Foundation Supervisory Authority that works on the ground with these farmers to better understand these challenges, their needs and how to address the complex issues in each community.

The foundation’s activities aim to promote rural self-reliance, working with farmers on sustainable agricultural systems and focusing on community development & capacity building so that farmers can support themselves in the long-term.

In order for cocoa farmers to build their businesses, there needs to be demand for their product. So, in turn, Cacao Barry helps brands create innovative and irresistible products that keep consumers coming back for more.


To link cocoa farmers to chefs, Cacao Barry created the CacaoCollective. This community is built by chefs, for chefs, to allow them to collaborate and share resources & ideas and to truly know the chocolate they are working with. Chefs and farmers are connected to evoke inspiration and to increase farmers’ engagement and recognition.

These experiences also ensure transparency of cultivation methods, good agricultural practices and implementation of innovative processes.

We’re thrilled to partner with Cacao Barry again as they embody many of the values Terroir represents! This April, Ruva Chinyemba, Sustainability Brand Development Manager, will join us to talk more about how the brand supports cocoa plantations and communities.

To learn more about the Cocoa Horizons Foundation and their activities, visit their website here.