Cultural Hero Image

4 MASTER CHEFS CELEBRATING VAN HOUTTE®’S 100TH ANNIVERSARY

In preparation for our big 100th birthday celebration, we got to thinking: What good is a party without great food? So we asked some of the country’s top chefs to partner with us to get the festivities going. They’ve put their world-class skills to work, crafting gourmet recipes with our coffee as the star ingredient. To make the celebrations even more fun, we decided to throw in a giveaway too! One lucky winner will score the royal treatment with a chef-cooked meal at home for five (even luckier) friends, valued at $5,000. Good food, good friends, good coffee. It could be your turn to host like a master with Van Houtte®.

Get to know the Canadian master chefs behind Van Houtte®’s 100th Anniversary recipe series.

Cultural Hero Image


1. Chef Sébastien Harrison-Cloutier

This Elliot Lake, Ontario native has made a name for himself working in some of Quebec’s top establishments, including Le Continental and Pas d’cochon dans mon salon. Today, he leads the kitchen at beloved Montreal restaurant, Grumman ’78, where he adapts his menu to the seasons and showcases the best produce Quebec has to offer.

2. Chef Ted Reader

When it comes to mastering the grill, few skill sets compare to that of Ted Reader. The Paris, Ontario-born chef has authored a whopping 21 cookbooks, including Gastro Grilling: Fired-Up Recipes to Grill Great Everyday Meals, Napoleon’s Everyday Gourmet Plank Grilling, Beerlicious: The Art of Grillin’ and Chillin’, and much more.

Cultural Hero Image


3. Chef Didier Leroy

A classicist by trade, Toronto’s Didier Leroy has become known for his masterful French cooking, receiving the honour of France’s Knight of the Order of Agricultural Merit in 2009. One of only 550 French Master Chefs around the globe, Leroy was also inducted in the Master Chef Association of France the following year.

4. Chef Michael Allemeier

With more than three decades’ worth of experience working in top Canadian kitchens, Allemeier has served in such lofty roles as Executive Chef at Vancouver’s Bishops Restaurant, at Calgary’s Teatro Restaurant, and at Mission Hill Family Estate Winery in the Okanagan Valley. The third Canadian to receive the title of Master Chef, Allemeier currently teaches over 500 burgeoning young chefs at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology.

Keep an eye on the Gourmet Recipes section to see these chefs in action and craft your own anniversary-inspired meals at home! 

Don’t forget to enter the contest to get a chance to win the royal treatment with a chef-cooked meal at home!

Back to top