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Canada's Capital's Most Interesting Chefs and Their Restaurants

Though often a city overlooked, Ottawa has an extremely vibrant restaurant scene. At the head of these edgy restaurants are some of the most interesting Chefs you could possibly come across. Many have

Though often a city overlooked, Ottawa has an extremely vibrant restaurant scene. At the head of these edgy restaurants are some of the most interesting Chefs you could possibly come across. Many have traveled the world, invented new concepts and have won culinary awards for their expertise. The ability to captivate people through their taste buds is a feature in itself. These Chefs not only satisfy our hunger, they tantalize all of our senses. Bringing us to a higher level of euphoria, surrounding us with innovative food and novel atmospheres.

Taking a brief journey through the lives and restaurants of these Chefs can open our eyes to their incredible imaginations. It takes a certain kind of Chef to appeal to the masses and maintain an inspiring height of creativity. With varied prices, these restaurants are a fine dining experience with a price point for every budget. Ottawa is fortunate to house these talented Chefs.

9  Chris Lord- Chef/Owner of Union 613

8  Steve Mitton- Chef/Owner Murray Street

7 Marc Dorion- Chef/Owner of Town

6 Ross and Simon Fraser- Chefs and Owners of Fraser Café

5 Chris Deraiche- Chef/Owner of Wellington Gastropub

4 Michael Moffatt- Chef/Partner Beckta

3 Marc Lepine- Chef/Owner of Atelier

The sole indication that you are standing outside of Atelier is the number on the door. Chef Marc Lepine is an Ottawa Chef who has owned Atelier since 2008. Proudly, Chef Lepine has taken home wins in the following competitions: Gold Medal Plate 2011, Canadian Culinary Champion of 2012, and a $10, 000 first prize win from the International Shellfish Competition in PEI in 2012. Though the menu they post online is only a sample of what their 12-course meal looks like, it is none the less impressive. The 12-course meal is $110 and wine pairing is an additional $75 per person and the sample menu includes no details, instead just original suggestive titles: Bubbles, Black and Green, Welcome to the Jungle, Yolko Uno, The Alien, Gatineau Park, The Codfather, Caesar Salad, The Boar Identity, Snow Globe, Polkaroo and One Year Later. With titles like that, there is no way the food could be anything less than inspired.

2 Michael Blackie- Chef/Owner NeXT

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Venturing to the West side of Ottawa, in a town called Stittsville, is a hidden gem. Though it is not going to break the bank to dine here, it will win your heart. The kitchen is open to the dining room and it has two sides, in order to accommodate private events. The ceilings are high, though the atmosphere remains cozy. The open dining room and sharing concept that NeXT has to offer, is undoubtedly going to leave you so very full, but, yearning to try more. The menu is ever changing and Chef Blackie's, 22 years of culinary experience, several culinary awards and medal wins are evident. Also, set to be seen on Chef Off on the Foodnetwork, this Chef has brought the downtown fine dining experience to the suburbs. Offering Sunday brunch on a 30-inch sharing board, at $28.50 per person. Lunch is offered on Thursdays and Fridays with two dishes for $19, incentive for sharing. The dinner menu has options such as: Emmental Cheese and STS Summer Sausage Pan Melter- Première Moisson bread, pommery mayo $9, Dr. Who Melon Compression- rocket leaves, ricotta salata, ginger and green peppercorn balm $10, Smoked Haddock and Lobster Chowder- thyme, fingerling potatoes, charred corn and milky broth $12. Chef Blackie often visits tables personally after service, making each patron feel special is important to the success of this upscale suburbia dining experience. 

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