Special Guests


Ian D’Agata (Contributing Editor, Decanter)

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Ian D’Agata has been teaching and writing about wine for over thirty years. He is the Scientific director of the Vinitaly International Academy, the Scientific Advisor to Vinitaly International and the Creative director of Collisioni, Italy’s largest music, literature and wine and food festival. He also lectures at New York University on Italian wine culture in […]

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Grape King Jamie Slingerland

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Jamie is the Grape Grower of the year for 2015-2016. The Slingerland family has been farming in Niagara-on-the-Lake since 1783 and Jamie was raised on the family grape and tender fruit farm. The grape and wine industry runs deep in the family with father-in-law Gary Pillitteri crowned Grape King in 1981.  Jamie is Director of […]

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Chef Craig Youdale (Niagara College)

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Chef Youdale is part of the Cool Chardonnay World Tour Dream Team on Saturday, July 23rd Chef Craig hails from Canada’s Capital city of Ottawa where he began his culinary career.   He started his kitchen work at many café’s and bistros in the Ottawa area working his way up to managing kitchens before heading off […]

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Chef Andrew McLeod (Bolete)

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Chef McLeod is part of the Flights of Chardonnay CRU on Friday, July 22nd. Chef Andrew McLeod champions the modern Canadian cuisine movement. Integrating local and terroir-driven products from across the country with influences from Canada’s myriad of cultures gives his style a distinct place in Niagara’s flourishing food scene. After spending years in the […]

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Chef Jason Parsons (Peller Estate Winery)

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Chef Parsons is part of the Cool Chardonnay World Tour Dream Team on Saturday, July 23rd. Famous with the Peller Estates name, Executive Chef Jason Parsons has brought his passion of local food and wine to one of Canada’s most renowned wineries. Peller Estates Winery Restaurant has gained recognition as one of the definitive wine […]

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Chef Dave Sider (Redstone Winery)

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Chef Sider is part of the Cool Chardonnay World Tour Dream Team on Saturday, July 23rd. A Vineland native, Chef David Sider traveled extensively at a young age and he credits the experience for spurring his interest in food.  However, it is not until he took his first job as a restaurant dishwasher in 2004, […]

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Chef Roberto Fracchioni (Hockley Valley Resort)

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Chef Fracchioni is part of the Cool Chardonnay World Tour Dream Team on Saturday, July 23rd. Chef Roberto hails from two of the finest food-producing regions in the world: the Emilia-Romagna district of Italy and the Niagara region of Canada. He completed his culinary training in some of Canada’s most prestigious restaurants, including Scaramouche, Canoe, […]

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Chef Kat Steeves and Mike Langley (Tide & Vine)

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Chef Kat and Mike are part of the Flights of Chardonnay CRU on Friday, July 22nd. Owners and operators Mike Langley and Kat Steeves appropriately met in an Oyster House far far away. Their passion for Niagara wine along with their experience with seafood revealed an obvious pairing. They packed up their Toronto condo and […]

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Chef Ryan Crawford (Backhouse Restaurant)

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Chef Crawford is part of the Flights of Chardonnay CRU on Friday, July 22nd. Celebrated Chef Ryan Crawford and his wife and business partner, Beverley Hotchkiss operate Backhouse Restaurant, in the heart of Niagara Wine Country. Chef Crawford studied at the noted Stratford Chef School and then became an instructor there for four years. He […]

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Chef Frank Dodd (Trius Winery Restaurant)

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Chef Dodd is part of the Cool Chardonnay World Tour Dream Team on Saturday, July 23rd. Since Frank’s graduation in 1991 from Durham College where he took his apprenticeship, he has never stepped foot out of the kitchen.  It is his true passion in life and it shows through this meticulous attention to detail in […]

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Chef Jason Williams (On the Twenty)

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Chef Williams is part of the Cool Chardonnay World Tour Dream Team on Saturday, July 23rd. Chef Jason Williams is a native to the Niagara region and has 20 years of experience working in the food and beverage industry. Williams received his education through Niagara College’s Culinary program. After college, Williams traveled to Ireland where he worked at […]

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Chef Erik Peacock (Wellington Court & The Coach House)

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Chef Peacock is part of the Cool Chardonnay World Tour Dream Team on Saturday, July 23rd. Wellington Court opened in 1985 as a cafe by Chef Erik’s mother Claudia and is located in her family home. Erik took over the kitchen more than 24 years ago after studying at George Brown College. He began to […]

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Chef Ross Midgley (Ravine Estate Winery)

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Chef Midgley leads The Moveable Feast Brunch team on Sunday, July 24th. A ‘born again’ chef, Ross began cooking professionally at age 26 when, after a couple of university degrees and stints in teaching, small business and banking he was lured back to his Prince Edward Island home to attend The Culinary Institute of Canada. […]

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Jacquelene & Steve Del Col (Zooma at Westcott)

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Restaurateurs Steve and Jacquelene are part of the Flights of Chardonnay CRU on Friday, July 22nd. Jacquelene and Steve Del Col have always shared a passion for food. The former Toronto Sun photographer and Toronto Argonaut moved to Niagara and opened Zooma Zooma resto and wine bar 19 years ago and went on to win […]

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Jordan Ellison & David Watt (Zest Kitchen and The Garrison House)

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Chefs David and Jordan are part of the Flights of Chardonnay CRU on Friday, July 22nd. Chef David Watt’s “modern Canadian cuisine” celebrates the ethnic diversity of Canada. His plates and menus feature an exciting range of flavours influenced by the cuisine of Asia, Italy and France. The passion, innovation and adventurous spirit burst forth […]

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Chef Paul Harber (Ravine Vineyard)

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As the Director on the i4c Board responsible for Culinary, Paul has assembled the team we call The Vineyard Chefs, or affectionately “The Dream Team”!

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