Sous-Chef, 1 Elgin

Christopher Commandant

Last updated: December 7, 2023

Chef Chris Commandant is Kanien’keha:ka of the Wahta Mohawks First Nations community, located outside of Bala Ontario. Dedicated to preserving Indigenous culinary traditions and teachings, he shares his knowledge with the community on topics like Indigenous food sovereignty, food security, and traditional ways of cooking.  His classical training has allowed him to fuse the food of the Haudenosaunee with modern cooking techniques to create wonderful representations of some of his favourite memories of the Muskoka region.

A graduate of Le Cordon Bleu culinary program, he has 25 years of industry experience in some of Toronto and Ottawa’s most prestigious restaurants.  Using his vast experience and rich culinary history, Chris has been an educator at the High School and College levels, creating and delivering education with an Indigenous focus, and inspiring a younger generation of cooks.

Chef Chris joined the National Arts Centre team and progressed through the ranks to his current role of Sous Chef. Bringing with him a love and passion for food, he enjoys sharing his continued learning of Indigenous food and its culture with a team of talented culinary professionals. 

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