Get to know me better
Ingredients are a gateway into Cultures & history. I want to share the keys to these gates through Food, Experiences, Learning, and meeting new faces.
My name is Kwin marion. I'm a shameless food nerd from Canada currently living in Calgary, Alberta. You can book me via my personal website at www.kwintessentialcooking.ca
I have dedicated almost 10 years of my life to the experience of sharing a great meal with others and as of 2021 I will be a certified Red Seal Journeymen Chef. From casual eats to Michelin starred Restaurants, I understand what it means for a guest to receive a great meal & a memorable experience, I started cooking as young as I can remember baking pretzels with my mother. When I turned 16 I began my life in the Cooking Industry within Canada. By 20 I worked in Mexican, French, & Australian Steakhouse settings achieving a position in Kitchen management. Then, I chose to travel to Lake Louise, Alberta; one of North Americas Greatest Hotel's "Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise" To begin My Apprenticeship. Cooking for guests & chefs with the highest of expectations with innumerable challenges helped me build skills & mindsets that established the foundation for my career. By the age of 24 I worked in over 10 different outlets in a traditional French setting serving thousands of guests a week Achieving a leadership role in banquet settings. I then decided to take my experiences internationally and spent over 3 months in Thailand training in South East Asian Cuisine. I was lucky enough to work at "Gaggan" in 2019. A 2 Michelin starred restaurant that serves a 25 course multi sensory chefs tasting menu & holds awards such as #1 Restarunt in Asia for years running and #4 world wide in 2019. This set my passion on fire and pushed me to the next level. I now work & live in Calgary, Alberta. I spent some time at the popular River Cafe. Being one of Canadas best restaurants for years running, its a hidden gem for eager cooks. Here I focused on making EVERY product from scratch, creating almost 100% locally sourced Canadian dishes, and harvesting from our garden while learning the value of good produce & eating through the industry leading sustainable approaches taken every day. Fast forward to today where I learn along side Chef Darren Maclean the restaurant EIGHT, and exclusive 15 course fine dining locations leading Calgarys escalated food scene. While the learning never stops I seek my true calling which brings me to YOU.
I want to share all I learned and all I can with you and your loved ones or associates in your own home. Bringing my stories and adventures along with a truly unique and personalized event I hope to share a great meal with you some day, at the table or from the kitchen. Whatever menu you need, we can make it happen.
For me, cooking is...
Exhilarating passion. A glimpse into the cultures & pasts of all who sit at a table to gather. A memorable experience to share with those new & old.
I learned to cook at...
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise grew my roots. Grande Banquets, Multi course Weddings, & 4 Diamond Dining, Gaggan; Bangkok trained me in Michelin Cooking
A role model in the kitchen is...
Gaggan Anand taught me that the Kitchen is a place where you can create yours and others happiness unconditionally. Grant Achatz; To say "Why not?"
A cooking secret...
The trick Is absolutely loving what you do. A respect for the ingredient & technique will let the food speak for itself. Above all, Great ingredients.
As a Private Chef, I can offer you:
Simply tell me what you're craving! I would love to create the perfect menu for your special occasion in Calgary.
I can do weddings, birthdays and corporate events in Calgary. You name it!
Because "sharing is caring". I would be happy to teach you all sorts of techniques and recipes in Calgary.
If you are looking for someone to keep your fridge full of incredible meals in Calgary, count me in.
Kwin's Food Gallery
We all eat with our eyes first! Below you can find a little demonstration of what I can bring to your table.
Book your experience with Chef Kwin
Specify the details of your requests and the chef will send you a custom menu just for you.