TORONTO — Daniel Craig, executive chef at The Westin Harbour Castle, Toronto, has been inducted into the Academie Culinaire de France (ACF), one of the oldest organizations of professional chefs based in France. This induction marks the first time a Toronto chef has been named to this prestigious ranking. Craig is also the first Canadian-born chef to be inducted.
Craig attended the ceremony on February 3 held at the consulate of France in New York City. As the only Canadian in attendance, he joined a group of 25 inductees from across the U.S.
Craig lived in France to develop his talents in French cuisine, attending the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu School of Culinary Arts in Paris. This led him to accept a position as commis at the two Michelin-starred L’Abbaye St. Ambroix under the guidance of chef Francois Adamski. After graduating, he placed first and brought back gold for Canada in the prestigious Chaine Des Rottiseurs Jeune Chef Concours and placed second in the Bocuse D’or National Finals. He was also named Executive Chef of the Year (North America) by Marriott International for his contribution to The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto.
“We’re so proud and incredibly grateful to have chef Craig’s talents shaping our food-and-beverage program, and for his leadership in guiding our extensive culinary team,” says Peter Gilis, general manager at The Westin Harbour Castle, Toronto. “I’ve had the pleasure of watching my friend and colleague grow throughout the years as a culinary leader. I’m thrilled to see this prestigious institute recognize his accomplishments and dedication to his craft.”
To be inducted, chefs must be nominated and represent the ACF’s mission to defend, improve and transmit French culinary art on a global basis. Chef Craig was nominated by his friends and mentors Grégory Fayne of Hotel HONEYROSE and chef Perret of Le Renoir.