Chris Locke, Executive Chef - Marben Restaurant and The Cloak Bar
English by birth, Chef Chris Locke has honed his culinary skills and knowledge internationally through the UK, Australia and France and Central America.
Now homed in Toronto, Chris has a passion for using locally sourced ingredients, showcasing the best of Ontario's bounty bringing honest and challenging dishes to the table. There is a heavy emphasis on seasonality in his cooking, using fermentation and preservation where possible to lengthen the seasons and transform their flavours.
Chris is currently the executive chef of Marben Restaurant and The Cloak Bar and has been for four years. He was a proponent of guiding the restaurant to a no tipping model; increasing benefits and working condition for employees and promoting a professional workplace.
If we take a look at our eating habits over the past 50 years, it is clear that there has been a slew of imported foods making their way into our grocery stores, while homegrown, seasonal produce has been bumped...