Resident Chef

Paul Toussaint

Last updated: December 7, 2023

Originally from Jacmel, Haiti, Paul Toussaint moved to Canada at 20 to study law, but quickly realized he wasn’t an “office guy”. He soon discovered a passion for the world of fine dining and got a job at Toqué!, a globally recognized restaurant where he honed his culinary skills.

After contributing to post-earthquake reconstruction efforts in Haiti, Chef Paul took on the role of executive chef at Agrikol in Montreal. He crafted menus highlighting Haitian cuisine for their guests, and those of his Paul Toussaint kiosk in the TimeOut Market. By blending Caribbean influences, he also crafted a distinctive culinary experience at Kamúy restaurant and the TimeOut kiosk – Americas BBQ. In May 2022, he collaborated with Biergarten Belle Gueule and Aux Quartiers Belle Gueule pub as the executive chef for a culinary experience on one of the city’s finest terraces. The following summer, he was part of the chef team preparing meals for musicians at festivals like Osheaga, îLESONIQ, and Lasso.

Named Eater Montreal’s Chef of the Year 2021 and featured in Canada’s 100 Best in 2020, Paul channels all his resources to support local charitable causes, including Mission Bon Accueil and Artists for Peace and Justice.

A devoted art collector, Chef Toussaint passionately advocates for Caribbean artists. Transforming Kamúy into an open-air art gallery, he carefully integrates music into the Caribbean experience. He weaves a vibrant connection celebrating Caribbean culture and culinary innovation.

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1 Elgin Resident Chefs program

Chefs from every region of Canada are invited to demonstrate their artistry and vision of what Canadian cuisine can be, and to share their knowledge and culinary innovation.

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