Jamie Kennedy (chef)

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Jamie Kennedy
Culinary career

Jamie Kennedy (born Henry James Kennedy[1]) is a Canadian chef

Kennedy has been the owner and operator of Gilead Café since 2003. The cafe closed down in March, 2015.[2] He is also the proprietor of Jamie Kennedy Kitchens based in Toronto, Ontario.

Kennedy's cafe was notable for its Wine Bar, menu of small tapas-like dishes and dessert items, suitable for sharing and sampling, and a seating area where diners could 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.[3]

In 2015 Kennedy produced a cookbook, J.K. The Jamie Kennedy Cookbook.[3]

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  1. ^ Corey Mintz (2009-04-04). "Hank's another J.K. success story". Toronto Star. 
  2. ^ Jennifer Bain. "Jamie Kennedy: a restaurant era comes to an end in Toronto". Toronto Star, April 6, 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Shelagh Rogers interviews David Sax, Jamie Kennedy". The Next Chapter, CBC Radio One, April 13 2015.

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