TORONTO ― The Culinary Federation Toronto recently named chef Tony Fernandes as this year’s recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award for the Central Region of the Canadian Culinary Federation. This award is given to chefs who demonstrate exceptional dedication to the foodservice-and-hospitality industry through mentorship, continual personal education and support training of new chefs in the culinary world. It is a prestigious honour that serves to recognize the best of the best within restaurant kitchens.
Chef Fernandes is a 40-year expert in the culinary world, having worked in five-star hotels and resorts globally. He is a Worldchefs certified executive chef, and one of very few Worldchefs International Certified Judges. According to Shonah Chalmers of the Culinary Federation Toronto, and a culinary professor at Humber College, “What sets chef Fernandes apart from all other candidates is his willingness to continually support our industry in so many meaningful ways, from judging our local competitions to advising committees on where our industry should be moving towards next ― a trendsetter who aims for top standards every time.”
Fernandes has had an illustrious career around the world, and most recently has opened and designed kitchen/restaurants in Dubai and Canada. His latest venture includes opening four locations of The Cannery Kitchen and Social, one in Toronto, two in Halifax, and one in Newfoundland. An additional two more locations are expected to open soon in Kingston and Halifax.