Meet Your Chefs

Name: John Sousa

Location: Ban Righ

Credentials: Red Seal Cerification

How long have you worked for Queen’s Hospitality: Since 1998

Current position/title: Executive Chef at Ban Righ Hall

Name an interesting fact about yourself: I was born in the Azores which is a little group of islands off the coast of Portugal, I came to Canada when I was 4.

What is your favourite dish? Smoked Meat, in particular Pork Shoulder. Love spending the day tending the smoker and smelling the aroma of the meat smoking on the grill, that makes the neighbors jealous.

What inspired you to become a chef? Love being able to create different things with food, and my mom was a cook in a large hotel so I spent a lot of time in the kitchen helping her.


Name: Rob Melo

Location: Ban Righ

Credentials: Red Seal Certification

How long have you worked for Queen’s Hospitality: 4 years

Current position/title: Sous Chef

Name an interesting fact about yourself: I Hate the Dallas Cowboys (Go New York Giants)

What is your favourite dish? Balsamic marinated grilled flank steak with grilled peppers, corn on the cob and cheddar stuffed baked potato.

What inspired you to become a chef? Wanting to work with my hands and enjoying the creation of new food combinations.


Name: Kevin Silva

Location: Ban righ

Credentials: Red Seal and Hotel and Restaurant Management Diploma

How long have you worked for Queen’s Hospitality: 5 years

Current position/title: Sous Chef

Name an interesting fact about yourself: I am Portuguese.

What is your favourite dish? I like cooking Italian dishes.

What inspired you to become a chef? Cooking with my Mother growing up.


Name: Davide Del Brocco

Location: Jean-Royce (West)

Credentials: George Brown Brown College Hotel & Restaurant Management; Chef’s Apprentice Proogram 1998-2001, Executive Chef Zdrago Calabric, York Downs Golf and Country Club, Executive Member of L’Academia Della Cucina Italiana 2002-2005

How long have you worked for Queen’s Hospitality: 6 years

Current position/title: Executive Chef at West Campus

Name an interesting fact about yourself: Spent 5 blissful years living and working as a Chef in Montalcino, Siena, Italy. Was featured in local and international publications and media presentations during my time at the Michelin featured Boccon di Vino from 2007 to 2010. Enjoyed years of learning and working with wine production, sales and horticulture.

What is your favourite dish? Pistacchio crusted Lamb Scottadito with pan roasted Wild Asparagus and Tuscan Culatello.

What inspired you to become a chef? Spent afternoons with my grandmother making fresh pasta from scratch and snacking on the dough as we rolled out and cut taglolinlini, fetuccine and hand rolled gnocchi. Years later I picked up a pasta cookbook from Heinz Beck and the nostalgia inspired me to develop my pasta making skills.


Name: Drew Carroll

Location: Leonard

Credentials: I started my apprenticeship in 1994 at the Holiday Inn Kingston Waterfront and attended culinary school at Algonquin College in Ottawa Ontario in 1997 & 1999 and obtained my certification

How long have you worked for Queen’s Hospitality: 17 years

Current position/title: Executive Chef at Leonard HallName an interesting fact about yourself: I am married and have 3 children, a 17 year old daughter Chloe, and 12 year old twins (1 boy & 1 girl) Tanner & Talon.

What is your favourite dish? Beef Tenderloin (I love to prepare this for special occasions), Pork Tenderloin (My kids really enjoy it) and Bruschetta(Very simple and everyone seems to like it as an appetizer)

What inspired you to become a chef? First and foremost my mom. She is an amazing cook and she was always creating new and vibrant meals as I was growing up. Secondly Passion & Dedication, I like to think that I am a quick decision maker. On a daily basis you always have to be thinking that if a delivery does not show up or you were short a product what can you do to make sure my customer / client does not feel the effect of the situation and you need to make adjustments on the fly


 

Name: Barry Godin

Location: Leonard

Credentials: Certified since 1979

How long have you worked for Queen’s Hospitality: 39 years

Current position/title: Chef

Name an interesting fact about yourself: I like to work with people and co-workers

What is your favourite dish? Beef, Chicken, Pork, Fish, Vegetarian and vegan

What inspired you to become a chef? Everyday is different, and I like change.