Chef in Residence 2015
Michael Stadtländer grew up on a farm in Germany among his family of bakers, chefs and farmers. Always an advocate for locally sourced food, Stadtländer recreates the farmyard classroom of his childhood at Eigensinn, his 100-acre farm and restaurant.
At Eigensinn, he, his family, interns and staff live and cook off the land for the foodies, aspiring chefs, school groups and community members who make the trek to the farm.
And from March 9 – 13, 2015 he will bring this wisdom and passion to NAIT culinary students as the 7th annual Hokanson Chef in Residence.
In addition to his work on the farm and a list of impressive awards and accolades, like 2011 Restaurateur of the Year (Canadian Association of Food Service Professionals), Stadtländer has also spearheaded a number of organizations and events critical to the movement for sustainable food in Canada, including
- Canadian Chef’s Congress – a place for chefs to rekindle their connection to the people who raise, grow, forage and fish for our food.
- Foodstock – a protest that brought 28,000 people together against a proposed mega-quarry near Orangeville, Ont. The follow up event, Soupstock, brought even more protesters, and the mega-quarry was never built.
- The Singhampton project – a creative project with Landscape Artist, Jean Paul Ganem. The two men created 7 edible gardens, complete with kitchen, on Eigensinn Farm. Watch Stadtländer speak about the Singhampton project during his Google Hangout.