Chefs Jamie Kennedy and Michael Stadtländer Honoured
The role that these two feisty, avant garde chefs have played in the food life of Canada was honoured by Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada, and His Excellency Mr. Jean-Daniel Lafond with the Governor General’s Award in Celebration of the Nation’s Table.
Their citation was as follows:
“Jamie Kennedy and Michael Stadtländer—two individuals—two careers—two lives—separate, yet inseparable—in our eyes and perhaps even in theirs. Toronto-born Kennedy traveled to Europe for a classical chef’s education, where he apprenticed with German-born Stadtländer. They became friends and colleagues, moving to Toronto and forming the opening team at Scaramouche—unimaginably young, but leaders from the start. The sheer number of young apprentices that have emerged from their kitchens and gone on to fulfilling and important careers in growing, preparing, preserving and serving food is extraordinary. They were the original locavores and Toronto’s first celebrity chefs.
Over two decades ago, the two chefs founded Knives and Forks, an organization that brought farmers and cooks together to discuss and initiate important changes to our food supply line. They understood then that they must change the infrastructure before they could change what is on the plate if their vision was to endure. In the last 30 years, chefs Kennedy and Stadtländer have never waivered from their beliefs. It is impossible to articulate the impact these two men have had on the culinary arts in Canada. They are chefs, artists, environmentalists and activists. Their food is sublime and they are leaders in the field.”
Chef Kennedy’s restaurant, Gilead, is participating in Food Day.