Michael Stadtländer named NAIT’s 2015 chef in residence
EDMONTON – Renowned Canadian chef-farmer Michael Stadtländer, known for his lifelong commitment to sustainable food production and a champion of the ‘eat local’ movement, has been named the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology’s 2015 Hokanson Chef in Residence.
The chef in residence program, now in its seventh year, provides students in NAIT’s School of Hospitality and Culinary Arts with a rare opportunity to learn firsthand from the best chefs in North America. This year’s residency runs from March 9-13, 2015.
The School of Hospitality and Culinary Arts is giving away four pairs of tickets to an exclusive three-course luncheon which takes place March 12. Stadtländer will work with students to prepare the meal. The online contest opens today and runs until Monday, March 2. Click here to enter.
The Hokanson Chef in Residence program kicked off with Canadian celebrity chef Rob Feenie in 2009, followed by David Adjey in 2010, Susur Lee in 2011, Massimo Capra in 2012, Chris Cosentino in 2013 and Lynn Crawford in 2014. The program was made possible as a result of a generous donation from John and Susan Hokanson.
- After immigrating to Canada from Germany in 1980, Stadtländer and colleague Jamie Kennedy made their mark on the Toronto restaurant scene at Scaramouche.
- As chef at the world-renowned Sooke Harbour House, and at his pioneering Stadtländer’s and Nekah in Toronto, Stadtländer continued his unique and innovative approach.
- In 1993, Stadtländer and his family moved to a 100-acre farm near Collingwood, at the top of Ontario’s Niagara Escarpment, where they could live on the land. Eigensinn Farm has become an internationally celebrated destination for gourmets.
- In 2009, Stadtländer and his wife Nobuyo, opened Haisai restaurant and bakery in Singhampton, Ont. Haisai is an extension of Eigensinn Farm’s philosophies and practices using locally raised and foraged ingredients.
NOTE: NAIT will host a media availability with Chef Stadtländer during his residency.
Chef Michael Stadtländer
“I’m looking forward to working with NAIT students as the 2015 Hokanson Chef in Residence. While at NAIT, I will share my views and experiences as a chef-farmer and explain how Eigensinn Farm works.”
Perry Michetti, associate dean, School of Hospitality and Culinary Arts
“If every chef supported local agricultural businesses, restaurants would become more regional in their offerings, and you would see a lot more variety. I admire the work Chef Stadtländer has done in this area, promoting sustainable agriculture. This will be a great opportunity for students and staff to learn from his experiences.”
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The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) is a leading Canadian polytechnic, delivering education in science, technology and the environment; business; health and trades. With more than 60,000 credit and non-credit students and a 98 per cent employer satisfaction rate, NAIT grads are essential to Alberta’s prosperity. Known for hands-on, technology-based learning, NAIT engages with business and industry in applied research and innovation and provides corporate training around the world. Recognized as one of Alberta’s top employers, NAIT provides outstanding returns on investment for its graduates, partners, the provincial government and the people of Alberta.