Chef’s Table: September 11, 12, 13, 2020

September 11-12-13, 2020

The 2020 Chef’s Table Series partnered 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.

Helena Loureiro (Montreal)

Chef Helena Loureiro is the Executive Chef and owner of Portus 360 and Restaurant Helena in Montreal.

Of Portuguese descent, and with a love of cuisine born in her grandmother’s kitchen, Chef Loureiro made the move to Montreal over 30 years ago, where she studied, worked and built her reputation as one of Montreal’s most notable chefs. Her dishes demonstrate mastery of old Portuguese technique while incorporating local ingredients and inspiration to create a perfect blend of Portuguese tradition and modern Canadian flavour.

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.

Queijo fresco, grilled figs, crisp prosciutto toasted almonds
Quince marmalade, olive dust

Bife a Portuguesa
Petit beef filet, chouriço sauce with egg confit in olive oil
Braised kale, fondant potato

Pasteis de nata


Music: Dueling Pianos (Dave Kalil, Tyler Kealey, Todd Huckabone)

Dave Kalil, Tyler Kealey and Todd Huckabone have been a staple of the music scene in Ottawa known as the Duelling Pianos. Their musical ability and interactive personalities have captivated audiences since they formed the group in 2002.

With both Dave and Tyler at the keyboards, they are held together by Todd on guitar to form a solid show of endless classic hits spanning several decades of music. Playing a blend of requests from the audience, blistering guitar and piano solos, three-part harmonies, and random comedic impromptu moments, their show has won over the crowds they perform for time after time.