Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The Chefs' House

"We're a real-world training restaurant where the finest Hospitality and Culinary Art students from George Brown College learn from the best teacher - experience." - The Chefs' House.

Located at 215 King Street East, The Chefs' House (Twitter: @thechefshouse, Facebook: The Chefs' House) is a restaurant where George Brown students experience and learn first-hand the skills they will need in the real world of the hospitality industry. Students from the George Brown Chef School and School of Hospitality and Tourism Management work for either 7 or 14 weeks in both the restaurant's front and back of house. They come from the following Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts programs:

- Food and Beverage Management
- Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure
- Hotel Management
- Integrated Culinary Management
- Post Graduate Italian Culinary Arts

My friend and I had dinner at The Chefs' House several weeks ago. Once I walked in the restaurant I realized how large and spacious the room was. I love the dangling lights as well as the contrast between the modern, contemporary white bar & kitchen on one side and the textured brick wall on the other.

The open kitchen gives guests a great view of the students. 

There are two prix fixe options for dinner: 3 courses for $41 or 4 courses for $47.  My friend ordered the 4-course and I ordered the 3-course.

House-made bread to start. We really liked the soft focaccia (we had seconds!)

Quinoa, Pear & Mixed Greens Salad, Lemon Ginger Dressing

Beet Salad, Feta, Orange Segments, Fennel, Mint

Pate de Campagne, Pickled Vegetables, Whole-Wheat Toast

Pan-Seared Sea Bream, Fresh Butter Beans, Tomato, Corn

Sous Vide Lamb Loin, Sauteed Kale, Crispy Cauliflower, Roasted Garlic Jus

Rustic Ontario Apple Galette, Honey Lavender Ice Cream

Stewed Plum, Star Anise, Sour Cream Gelato

We were both very impressed with the food at The Chefs' House. Everything we had exceeded our expectations. From the incredibly tasty appetizers - a mixed green salad topped with crunchy quinoa and the lovely fresh beet salad - to the marvelous textures found in the soft and tender sous vide lamb accompanied by leafy kale and crispy cauliflower, each plate was carefully executed. The two desserts very incredible. The homey, rustic apple galette with its perfect pastry crust and the stewed plum topped with sour cream gelato was simple yet so refreshing (I really enjoyed the flavours in this particular dessert). An overall great dinner. Bravo to the students! 

The Chefs' House is currently featuring a "Rising Star Dinners" series where each month a top Canadian chef creates an original menu featuring dishes and flavours that showcase their individual culinary talent. These exclusive four-course dinners with wine pairings go for $85 (inclusive of taxes and tip). Check out the next one happening on November 7th with The Martini ClubProceeds from the dinners support student scholarships at George Brown College's Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts

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