The Chefs’ House (215 King Street East) is an innovative concept restaurant that operates in support of the Hospitality & Culinary Arts Program at George Brown College (GBC). The Program is headed up by Chef John Higgins, a native Scot with a deep love for the traditional and contemporary cuisine of his homeland.
Chef Higgins has cooked for the Queen at Buckingham Palace, on the Royal Yacht Britannia, for heads of state in Washington, D.C., and for celebrities around the world. He began his career as a culinary apprentice at a Michelin Star Restaurant in Glasgow (Malmaison) before moving on to the five-star luxury hotel, Gleneagles. Upon immigrating to North America, he worked for many years at various Four Seasons Hotel & Resorts. Before starting at GBC in 2002, he was the executive chef at the King Edward Hotel in Toronto.
A winning combination of skill and work ethic have earned Chef Higgins a slew of admirers. This brilliant write-up from his Rosanna Caira Lifetime Achievement Award will give you a more detailed look into his career. Despite all his success, Chef Higgins has remained grounded and focused on helping others. In this era of celebrity chefs, he reminds his students that being a hospitality and culinary professional requires passion and dedication.
The St. Andrew’s Society is proud to support Chef Higgins and his team. Thanks to their efforts, another generation of students will learn dishes from around the world (including Scotland)! We look forward to hosting our annual Spring Dinner there in June.