2012 Winner – Outstanding Chef
CHEF RYAN CRAWFORD
Chef Ryan Crawford has just finished eight years as executive chef/sommelier at Niagara-on-the-lake’s premier gastro-bistro, the stone road grille. Chef Ryan Crawford’s reputation had a global reach with repeat clientelle from Europe, china, japan, the united states and canada putting the stone road grille as one of Niagara’s most sought after food destinations.
Chef Crawford came to the stone road after 6 years as sous chef of the old prune restaurant, as an instructor at the Stratford chef school, and as an apprentice under such notables as Michael Stadtlander, Thomas Keller, Traci Des-Jardins & Hiro Sone.
Chef Crawford helped raise the bar for the Niagara region by taking farm to table cuisine one step further, and in conjunction with ravine vineyard estate winery, he began raising his own Berkshire pigs.
Chef Ryan Crawford won first place this year in Toronto’s groundhog invitational, an annual invitation only charcuterie competition, for his innovative and creative approach to pork! He also received the Terroir 2012 award for Outstanding Chef. He has been a guest chef on Toronto’s premier food network, foodies and winner of iron chef Niagara 2012.
He has been acclaimed in Food and Drink, Vines Magazine, Bon Appetite and Wine Spectator.
As James Chatto states: “..he puts in absurd hours…working on an impressive array of charcuterie…. Tiny slivers of cherrywood-smoked duck breast, like snippets of fat-fringed crimson satin, were fanned beside slices of sopressata aged long enough for the taste of the pork to have evolved into sweet, funky maturity.
It is with a strong foundation and a stellar reputation that Chef Crawford, along with his wife Beverley Hotchkiss search the wine regions of Ontario for a farm that they can call home. They plan to expand on their farming, open a small restaurant “where the people meet the land and the land meets the people through a peaceful and intimate exchange”. Calling himself a gastrohomesteader, creating and cooking from the ground up, Chef Crawford and his wife Beverley are looking forward to a long future of hosting family and friends.