Instructor, Culinary Arts
Nigel Webber began his culinary apprenticeship under Austrian-trained Chef Erwin Blumert and one of Canada’s great chefs, Simon Smotkowicz. After graduating from the NAIT Apprentice Cook program with top honours, Nigel has amassed an award-winning resumé of culinary experiences. He was named the Alberta Apprentice Cook of the Year and was runner-up at the Canadian National Apprentice of the Year competition. In 1994, he won 2 gold medals and top junior team honours as a member of Culinary Team Alberta at the Culinary World Cup (Expogast). In 1996, he won 2 more gold medals at the World Culinary Olympics in Berlin.
To expand his skill set, Nigel attended a food and wine series at the famed Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in Napa Valley, California, hosted by chef and author Holly Peterson Mondavi. He also attended the Notter School of Pastry Arts with Chef Ewald Notter.
As a part of Culinary Team NAIT, Nigel has led student teams to international competitions in Singapore and Germany, claiming 4 gold, 9 silver and 3 bronze medals. He is a member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP), and in 2014, he participated as one of three internationally chosen judges for the Julia Child Award for cookbooks.
Nigel has a passionate commitment to food, wine and the hospitality industry. His attention to detail and contemporary vision, combined with an adherence to traditional classical cooking, serves his students well.