Daniel Craig, Executive Chef at The Westin Harbour Castle, Toronto, has been inducted into the Academie Culinaire de France (ACF) - one of the oldest organizations of professional chefs based in France. The induction marks the first time a Toronto chef has been named to this prestigious ranking. Chef Craig is also the first Canadian-born Chef to be inducted.
Chef Craig attended the ceremony on February 3 held at the consulate of France in New York City. As the only Canadian in attendance, Chef Craig joined a group of twenty-five inductees from across the United States.
To be inducted, chefs must be nominated and represent the ACFs mission to defend, improve and transmit French culinary art on a global basis. Chef Craig was nominated by his friends and mentors Grégory Faye of Hotel HONEYROSE and Chef Perret of Le Renoir.
“We’re so proud and incredibly grateful to have Chef Craig’s talents shaping our food and beverage program, and for his leadership in guiding our extensive culinary team,” shares Peter Gilis, General Manager at The Westin Harbour Castle, Toronto. “I’ve had the pleasure of watching my friend and colleague grow throughout the years as a culinary leader. I’m thrilled to see this prestigious institute recognize his accomplishments and dedication to his craft.”
The award backs Chef Craig's passion and extensive training in French cuisine. Chef Craig lived in France to develop his talents in French cuisine, attending the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu School of culinary arts in Paris. This led him to accept a position as Commis at the two Michelin-starred L’Abbaye St. Ambroix under the guidance of the legendary Chef Francois Adamski. He now brings that training and French flavour to The Westin Harbour Castle, Toronto.
This significant achievement is not the first for Chef Craig. Shortly after graduating, Chef placed first and brought back Gold for Canada in the prestigious Chaine Des Rottiseurs Jeune Chef Concours and placed second in the renowned Bocuse D’or National Finals. He was also named Executive Chef of the Year (North America) by Marriott International for his tremendous contribution to The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto.
About The Westin Harbour Castle, Toronto
Located in downtown Toronto in the heart of the waterfront district is The Westin Harbour Castle, Toronto offers direct access to many of Toronto’s noteworthy sites and attractions. The WestinWORKOUT Fitness Studio offers yoga classes and a running concierge. Guests can refuel in one of the three dining destinations, Savoury, Chartroom. The property can host waterfront conferences, weddings and meetings in the 70,000 square-foot-convention space including the 25,000 square-foot- Metropolitan Ballroom.
About the Academie Culinaire de France
The Académie Culinaire de France is present in each and all continents and is 1080 members strong. The American delegation is represented by more than 100 pastry and kitchen chefs. L’Académie Culinaire de France and its sister organization Les Maîtres Cuisiniers de France are eager to carry on the great tradition of culinary excellence and science. They also work with suppliers and farmers to improve the quality of foods for the grand pleasure of their clients and supporters.