Jamie Kennedy (chef)

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Jamie Kennedy
Culinary career

Jamie Kennedy (born Henry James Kennedy[1]) is a Canadian chef and owner and operator of Gilead Café and Jamie Kennedy Kitchens based in the City of Toronto, Ontario.

Encompassed in the "Kitchens" group from 2003 is Kennedy's Wine Bar, possessing an extensive wine list (overseen by Sommelier Jamie Drummond) and a menu of small tapas-inspired dishes and dessert items, suitable for sharing and sampling. Signatures of the wine bar include the constantly changing menu/winelist and the wall of preserves. The atmosphere tends to be quite busy and features a seating area where diners can observe and talk to the chef and sous chefs preparing plates for guests.

In 2005, Kennedy opened a restaurant adjacent to the Wine Bar which served a more complete seasonal menu of various Canadian and international fare. The restaurant has since closed and in October 2008, was replaced by a cafe.

In 2006, Kennedy opened another restaurant, Jamie Kennedy Gardiner, at the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art which has undergone a complete renovation.

Coupled with his restaurant business is a catering service and event space that can be rented.

Kennedy used to possess an operation at the Royal Ontario Museum, Jamie Kennedy at the ROM, which operated on the third floor of the museum and its member lounge, but has since closed due to the museum's own extensive renovations and restoration.

Kennedy was the inaugural recipient of the Governor General's Award in Celebration of the Nation's Table, in 2010. In December 2010, was awarded the Order of Canada for "his promotion of Canadian cuisine and the use of organic, sustainable and locally-sourced foods."

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  1. ^ Corey Mintz (2009-04-04). "Hank's another J.K. success story". Toronto Star. 

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