Meet the Chefs
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Jordan Wagman is a James Beard nominated chef, cookbook author, sales leader, teacher, advocate, husband, dad, musician and psoriasis conqueror. He takes on each role with precision and tremendous passion.
Jordan discovered that the removal of gluten, dairy and refined sugar from his diet would drastically affect his Psoriasis, a disease he has suffered with from the age of thirteen. Jordan continues to enjoy the foods he has always loved, but with ingredients his body can tolerate. Jordan now helps others create simple, seasonal, restaurant quality food for everyday family meals, snacks and desserts.
Jordan has a very special connection to the JDD having attended the school for one year at sixteen; “The Diamond Centre saved me from myself. The centre saved my life. It gave me the tools to go back into the mainstream school system and in so doing, also gave me back my life”. Today, he revisits the school giving back to a place that changed him. Not only does he impart culinary knowledge, he shares his own life experiences with the hope of making a small difference in the student’s lives.
Before he became a star on Toronto’s explosive restaurant scene, Chef Anthony Rose honed his skills in some of the top kitchens in San Francisco and New York. In San Fran, he worked with Michelin-starred Bradley Ogden and developed his lasting appreciation for truly local dining. This philosophy was combined with the simple elegant principles of the French Method during his tenure at The Mercer with Jean-Georges Vongerichten in New York. Returning home, Rose began a prominent stint as head chef at the Drake before opening up his first restaurant, the iconic Rose & Sons, on Dupont.
The Wilder Rose Empire now consists of 6 restaurants; Fat Pasha, Fet Zun, Madame Boeuf, Schmaltz, Gordy Smiles and The Grand Elvis.
Together, they weave the story of Rose’s culture, experiences, childhood nostalgia, and relentless love of food.
Devan showcases his cooking chops with innovative culinary demonstrations on CityLine and Food Network Canada. Brand ambassador for the Toronto based culinary empire The Food Dudes. Co founder of the Chef Battle league in Toronto hosting and competing in live cooking competitions across Canada, and runs his own catering company, ChefDev. An avid traveller, Devan has cooked all over the world including the UK, Peru, Nepal, India, Dubai, Turks & Caicos to name a few. Known for working with many charitable organizations, and is constantly looking for new ways to broaden his palate.
Originally from Montreal, Chef Jesse Bell is now proud to call Ottawa his home. After studying at Algonquin College, he fell in love with Ottawa’s booming local food scene. Chef Bell pulls inspiration from the culture around us in Ottawa, using locally grown, sourced and produced ingredients to create contemporary, yet rustic Canadian fair.
Today, Prohibition House allows him to create dishes that maintain his guiding principles, taking pride in supporting local and sustainable products. As Chef, this position has given him the opportunity to share this passion by training new chefs and getting involved in the Ottawa community.
Jake Goodman is an 18 year old crafty and resourceful home cook who’s been at it for the past 3 years. He is a specialist in breakfast foods, baked desserts and most of all: bread. Beyond cooking, Jake’s favourite pastimes include Brazilian jiu jitsu, weightlifting, drums and calculus (for fun!). Jake is very excited to be a part of the Dine for the Diamond this year.
From a fascination with the cooking talents of his grandmothers to relationships with the best
farmers and chefs in southern Ontario, Joel Solish is a Tastemaker. Joel leverages relationships
within our food system to connect people and make them hungry. With a focus on local
sustainability and seasonal eating, Joel is most often seen around the province on farms and in
kitchens always trying to forward the good food movement. Professionally, with over 20 years
as an expert in marketing and reputation management in the hospitality and tourism markets,
Joel's clients rely on him to get results. You can find him posting crave-worthy photos on his
popular Instagram account: @foodie411.
DAVE KEYSTONE - our MC
Dave Keystone is an award winning television host, producer, and writer. Best known as the host and co-creator of the CBC series Small Talk where he seeks life advice from kids, for which he won the 2018 Canadian Screen Award for Best Host, nominated again in 2019. Dave hosts the kids cooking competition series Cook’d on YTV, and is the host and creator of the digital interview program Who We Are for which he won two 2018 International Academy of Web Television Awards for Best Host and Best Pre-Recorded Hosted Series. Alongside his work in television, Dave is co-founder of Keepsake Video Inc. - a production company specializing in creating personal profile videos that preserve people’s stories for future generations. Connect with Dave on all social channels: @DaveKeystone