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In 2009, NAIT launched the Hokanson Chef in Residence program, the first of its kind in Canada. The program provides students in NAIT's Department of Culinary Arts and Professional Food Studies with the rare opportunity to learn first-hand from some of the best chefs in the world.

This ongoing program will bring culinary authorities from around the world to NAIT to share their insights and expertise with students and faculty. The goal of the Chef in Residence program is to expose students to innovative cooking techniques and diverse culinary trends and styles.

The Chef in Residence program has 4 different levels of participation.

Guest Chef in Residence

  • A celebrity chef who is well-known to industry, food educators and the general public, with a diverse industry track record ranging from successful restaurant ownership, TV shows and published books and articles to affiliations with global and national food organizations.
  • This is usually a short-term residency of three to five days.
  • Chefs in Residence work with students, give presentations and demonstrations and participate in special events.
  • The Hokanson Chef in Residence program kicked off with Canadian celebrity chef Rob Feenie in 2009, followed by David Adjey in 2010, Susur Lee in 2011, Massimo Capra in 2012, Chris Cosentino in 2013, Lynn Crawford in 2014, Michael Stadtländer in 2015, Vikram Vij in 2016, Amanda Cohen in 2017, Rod Butters in 2018 and 2019 was David Hawksworth.
  • The 2020 Hokanson Chef in Residence is Jeremy Charles.

Alumni Chef Series - Virtual Edition

With extraordinary times come extraordinary efforts.

During the restrictions of the Pandemic, we were very fortunate to be able to develop a virtual event showcasing our NAIT Culinary Arts and Cook Apprentice graduates and current Edmonton chefs who are considered leaders in their field, both locally and nationally.

The following chefs agreed to participate in this program by filming a short demonstration at their respective restaurants. Our students and faculty were then able to view, discuss, and then implement the dishes (where applicable) into the lab components for the students to prepare.

We hope that you will be inspired by their success stories and journey to culinary stardom.


Rosario Caputo  – Culinary Arts '06, Owner/Executive Chef Cibo Bistro – 2011-2021

Andrew Fung – Baking and Pastry Arts '98, Cook Apprentice 2002 – Owner of Nineteen XIX

Davina Moraiko  – Culinary Arts '05, Executive Chef at Rge Rd since 2013

Jacob Pelletier  – Culinary Arts '07, Owner/Operator at Duchess Bake Shop

Lindsey Porter – Culinary Arts '06, Executive Chef of The Common – Grandin and Culina to Go


Steve Buzak – Culinary Arts '98, Executive Chef – Royal Glenora Club

Paul Shufelt – NAIT Cook Apprentice '01, Corporate Chef – Robert Spencer Hospitality

Christine Sandford – Culinary Arts '07, Executive Chef – Biera

Tamara Solon – Culinary Arts '16, Executive Chef – Chartier


Technical/Master Chef in Residence

Technical/Master Chef in ResidenceMaster Chefs with expertise in a specific area such as pastry, olive oil, bread making, vegetable carving, ice carving, butchery or molecular gastronomy. These experts may be local, national or international.

These residencies will be between 1 and 30 days in length.

During their tenure, Technical and Master Chefs in Residence will participate in:

  • student lectures and student labs
  • faculty consultations on curriculum and program content
  • mentorship of faculty and students
  • interactive demonstrations
  • internal and external special events
  • applied research and product development of Alberta and local foods
  • media opportunities
  • Culinary Cookbook development
  • menu and recipe development for Ernest's

Honorary Chef in Residence

  • Typically a local chef who has a long-term relationship with NAIT and our programs.
  • This residency is a one-year period.
  • These chefs nurture and mentor students, participate in advisory boards and support students in their practicums and career aspirations.

The Hokanson Chef in Residence program was made possible as a result of a generous donation from John and Susan Hokanson.

Other visiting chefs

In addition to the Hokanson Chef in Residence program, the Department of Culinary Arts and Professional Food Studies makes an ongoing effort to connect students with industry leaders. Our visiting chefs include:

  • 2020 – Edmonton chef and proprietor at XIX Nineteen, Andrew Fung
  • 2019 – French Cacao Barry pastry chef, Nicolas Dutertre
  • 2019 – World Association of Chefs judge based in Sweden,  Gert Klotzke 
  • 2019 – Edmonton-based owner and chef of Cibo Bistro, Rosario Caputo
  • 2018 – David Bonet of The French Pastry School  Ecole Bellouet Conseil in Paris
  • 2018 – Russian pastry arts chef, Nina Terrasova
  • 2018 – Culinary scientist in food biochemistry from California, Dr. Ali Bouzari
  • 2017 - French Callebaut chocolatier and pastry chef, Christophe Buzon
  • 2017 – Certified research chef from the Culinology Education Foundation in Texas, Stephen Kalil
  • 2017 – Edmonton-based microbiologist of sourdough, Dr. Michael Gaenzle
  • 2016 – Spanish master pastry chef and baker, Josep Pascual
  • 2015 – 4th Generation German Master Butcher, Karsten Schellhas
  • 2014 – Executive Pastry Chef, Philippe Le Corre
  • 2010 – Bread expert, author and culinary instructor, Peter Reinhart
  • 2009, 2010 & 2014 – Master Baker, Didier Rosada 
  • 2008 & 2009 Master Chef, Giuseppe Mazzocchi 
  • 2008 – Master Baker, Jeffrey Hamelman
  • 2008 – German Master Butcher, Stefan Follner
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