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Founder Adrian Forte is a professional chef, restaurateur, author and TV personality.

 His passion for all things food brings out the best in every dish he creates. His experience in the culinary industry has paved a clear road of excellence in restaurant management and menu development. 


Adrian has worked with and consulted for some of the most notable restaurant establishments in Toronto. From conceptualizing some of the most buzz-worthy burger joints - Gangster Burger, becoming the Chef De Cuisine and (Former) Co-Founder at The Dirty Bird Chicken & Waffles, developing the menu at Aunty Lucy's Burgers, and most recently, created YAWD, a Modern Caribbean pop-up. From cooking for A-list celebrities, as well as consulting for the island's newest restaurant concept, Aziza, he has been keeping himself busy with projects that keep him inspired. Adrian is no stranger to discovering new food trends and bringing them to fruition.

It's the mosaic of flavours, histories and recipes that make him a contemporary chef in the truest sense; creating delicious harmonies with local ingredients, time-honoured techniques, and traditions from far away.



Adrian has appeared on Food Network's Top Chef Canada, Chef in Your Ear, Chef in Your Ear Junior, Chopped Canada, Netflix's Restaurants on The Edge, Hogtown BBQ on Bell, as well as several noted national television appearances demonstrating his skill and creativity.


He has been featured in Rolling Stone Magazine, People Magazine, National Post, Canada's Best 100, Toronto Star, Toronto Life, Best New Restaurant Openings in Toronto on blogTO, voted NOW Magazine's Best New Chef, named Best Sandwich Shop in Toronto by, and chosen as Best New Restaurant for Fried Chicken in Toronto by blogTO. Forte has done a good job of crafting his brand and aligning himself with some prestigious brand partnerships with Four Seasons Hotel + Cafe Boulud, Nike, Hennessy, Roots, OVO (October's Very Own), Paderno Kitchenware, Dairy Farmers of Ontario, Kitchenaid, Food & Wine Magazine and the Barbados Tourism Board.

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Since 2023

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