PANEL DISCUSSION: The Future of Canadian Food [ Monday: 10.45am ]
For nearly three decades Jamie Kennedy (@ChefJKennedy) has been instrumental in shaping the culinary landscape in Canada through his innovative approach to gastronomy, commitment to sustainable agriculture and advocacy of local food. In 1985, he opened Palmerston Restaurant followed by Knives and Forks in 1989 which helped pioneer farm-to- table practices nationwide. In 1998, Jamie Kennedy at the Royal Ontario Museum opened to critical and commercial acclaim. During a major reconstruction of the Museum, Jamie purchased farmland in Prince Edward County, focusing on planting his own vegetables and herbs, raising livestock and cultivating a vineyard with Pinot Noir grapes. In 2003, Jamie Kennedy Wine Bar opened; with its small plates menu that changed twice daily and meticulously paired wines, JK Wine Bar ranked as one of Canada’s foremost influential dining destinations. Jamie’s most recent endeavor, Gilead Café & Bistro, showcases the chef’s continued commitment to local and sustainable methods of cooking.