Meet The Chefs

Craig Harding

Craig Harding grew up up in an Italian home where his Nona cooked out of this world food. Her cooking inspired Craig from an early age to be a chef.  After working at Canoe in Toronto he knew it was time to open his own spot.  In the fall of 2010 a dream was realized as he and his now wife Alexandra Hutchison unveiled Campagnolo (832 Dundas West,Toronto) serving rustic Italian fare.  An homage to his Nona, it was a hit right away was named one of the best new restaurants in Canada. Following that it was listed by MacLeans magazine as one of the 50 best in Canada. 

Advice for aspiring Chefs:

"Taste everything you can and buy the best ingredients you can afford.  People want to eat great food but great hospitality goes beyond the kitchen.  Never forget the guest experience!
Be hungry for knowledge, the greatest chefs are always learning."

Rob Rossi

Rob Rossi first developed a passion for food from his Italian mother's cooking and it led to a job a part time job at his uncle's popular bistro.  From then on Rob knew he wanted to be a chef and one day own his own restaurant.  He worked his way up through many amazing kitchens and eventually became the Executive Chef for the Mercatto before competing on Top Chef Canada.  Rob almost finished a close second place. The next step was living the dream and opening his own restaurant. With partner Ryan Sarfeld he opened Bestellen (972 College St, Toronto) a popular, successful European inspired tavern with an emphasis on meat, cocktails and good times.

Advice for aspiring Chefs:

"My advice to young chefs is to be persistent and aware. Be aware of your product and how it is evolving around you in the kitchen. Watch listen and learn. Be persistent about your growth and the growth of your peers. Don't give up or give in."
 

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