Chef’s Table: September 25-26, 2020


September 25-26, 2020

The 2020 Chef’s Table Series partners with the National Arts Centre to present an outdoor dining experience on a terrace in the heart of the city, with live music performed on a boat moored on the Rideau Canal, a UNESCO world heritage site.

Kenton Leier (National Arts Centre)

Chef Kenton Leier is a second-generation chef, born and raised in Saskatoon, in the heart of the prairies. His culinary philosophy relies on the use of sustainable and locally sourced ingredients of the highest quality and letting their inherent qualities stand out in his dishes.

Chef Leier led teams in Ottawa’s finest hotel kitchens before moving to the NAC in 2017. He has cooked for celebrities, politicians and dignitaries, won numerous medals nationally and internationally and taught young cooks at Ottawa’s Algonquin College.

He is committed to promoting growth and excellence in his team at the NAC and leads them in their mission to represent the best in Canadian cuisine.

Sheila Flaherty (Iqaluit)

With a love of cuisine that originated in Ottawa, while observing and absorbing her father’s passion for cooking, Chef Sheila Flaherty now brings us the experience of authentic Inuksuit cuisine, (or Inuit food), from her home in Iqaluit.

Her mother originates from Tuktoyaktuk in the Northwest Territories, and Chef Flaherty is committed to sharing her love for traditionally-made Inuksuit with the rest of Canada and the world, as well as her innovative take on tradition and use of Inuksiutit (country food) with the people of her community.

Chef Flaherty is both the first Inuk Chef to appear on Master Chef Canada and the first to work collaboratively on the menu for Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami’s ‘A Taste of the Arctic’ at the NAC.

Smoked and cured caribou leg
Wild rice, dandelion greens and northern mushroom salad
Wild blueberry and wild ginger vinaigrette

Seared arctic char with stewed clams
Seaweed, roasted roots and small potatoes
Cloudberry beurre blanc

Wild berry and bannock cobbler
Birch syrup cream


Music: HOROJO Trio

HOROJO Trio is a soul rockin’ rhythm & blues act that features drummer Jamie Holmes, singer/keyboardist Jeff Rogers, and guitarist/singer JW-Jones, who was named the year’s Best Guitarist at the IBC.

Jeff is known as one of the hardest working artists in the nation’s capital clocking over 250 shows per year. The Ottawa Citizen says “his voice practically bowls you over with intensity, as sweet, rich and gooey as molasses in a heatwave”, while Nick Krewen (Globe & Mail, Billboard) calls JUNO nominee JW-Jones “a frequent resident of Billboard’s Top 10 Blues charts and roots radio favourite”. Jamie is one of the most versatile drummers in the country and has toured throughout North-America and Europe and recorded in Nashville with Grammy-winning producer Tom Hambridge.