The Canadian Hockey League has awarded Canada’s best kitchen the honor of the “best” title.
The league’s general manager of communications, Ben McDonough, said the honour is given to the chef of a Kitchen in Kitchener, Ontario, which serves up gourmet cuisine at its annual banquet.
“We were really pleased to get the award for Gordie’s Kitchen, and we’re excited to celebrate this accomplishment,” McDonaugh said.
“It was an honour to get this award, and I’m really excited to be a part of it.”
The Kitchen in the Kitchener is the brainchild of chef Brian McNichols, who came up with the concept in 2006 when he was trying to find a restaurant that would serve up fresh food and provide a good balance between service and price.
McNichols said his kitchen had always been on the fringes of Canadian cuisine, but this year it became the centre of attention after winning a $25,000 grant from the National Science Foundation.
“The Kitchen has been a focal point for this year’s National Science Fund Grant program because it represents a significant improvement in the quality of food in Canada,” he said in a release.
McNichols has been running the Kitchen for the past three years, serving up gourmand fare from around the country to a large capacity crowd.
McNeill said the Kitchen was the first thing he saw when he came to the country.
“I’ve always wanted to make gourmet stuff, but it was hard to find one in Canada.
I thought the Kitchen would be perfect for it, but I hadn’t actually seen anything,” he recalled.
The Kitchen is currently on a two-year lease at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, which hosts a variety of events, including concerts, hockey, basketball, concerts and even hockey tournaments.
McNeil said he hoped to bring a new and innovative product to the arena in 2017.
“In order to do that, I needed to build a reputation, and that’s why the Kitchen has had such an amazing response,” he added.
“Our guests have been very enthusiastic and I’ve had a great time working with them, and it’s been great working with the people at the Kitchen.”
McNiells Kitchen has opened two locations since 2013, serving food from around North America.
The new restaurant is one of the largest kitchens in the country, serving more than 100,000 guests a year, and the most famous among them is the famous chef Michael McBride, who has been serving up food since 1959.