Growing up, Jeremy Charles spent the majority of his summer vacations selling cod tongues to the locals and tourists in Old Perlican, a quaint fishing village in Trinity Bay, Newfoundland. Born in St. John’s, Jeremy moved to Montreal when he was 19 and followed his intuition to study culinary arts at St. Pius X Culinary Institute. While in Montreal, he worked at Mediterraneo under Claude Pelletier and Michel Ross.
Jeremy's passion for fly tying and fishing for atlantic salmon led him to his dream job, a chef at a prestigious fishing camp in northern Quebec. He later found himself a regular at the Fulton fish market in Chicago where he worked as a personal chef and honed his skills at many of chi-town's top tables. Jeremy's connection to his roots brought him back to his hometown and at the helm of Atlantica in Portugal Cove, which one year later was named the best new restaurant in Canada by enRoute magazine.
In 2009, he went on to open his own restaurant Raymonds with partner Jeremy Bonia. Raymonds took best new restaurant in Canada for an unprecedented second time in 2011. Since June of 2015, visitors and locals have been raving about they their latest project, The Merchant Tavern, offering casual fare and enticing cocktails. Jeremy has been a guest delegate at numerous culinary events such as Terroir Symposium, Northern Chefs Alliance, Cook It Raw Charleston in North Carolina and Yucatan, Mexico.
Celebrated television broadcasts such as the "Untamed Gourmet", "Land and Sea", “Bizzare Foods” with Andrew Zimmern and Discovery World's "The Chef’s Domain", are among his acclaims. En Route Magazine, The New York Times, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, Globe & Mail and Fool Magazine, have all featured Raymonds and The Merchant Tavern, seducing travellers off the beaten path.