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Patrick Secord

Chef Patrick Secord


In literature they speak of “the human condition”; Chef Patrick Secord holds a personal belief that we should all make the world, and our community, a better place and how basic is ensuring a quality of life then through the quality of food, a daily ritual and a social arrangement.

Although he knows that techniques are solid fundamentals, Patrick believes cooking is a bit like smoke and mirrors. “Good food requires no caprice, genuine flavours as nature intends always beats out. Great food marries this but also rises from the mundane with interesting textures and flavor juxtapositions. Tinkering with diversity of flavours, textures, temperatures and visuals keep the medium forever interesting.”

After finishing an English B.A. at McMaster University, Chef Secord took a veer on his life’s journey to enjoy the prospect of a culinary career. Twenty+ years later and after completing an apprenticeship at L’Hôtel in Toronto; The Royal York Hotel; The Marriott Marquis, New York City; back to Toronto at Le Meridien King Edward Hotel; Schulich School of Business at York University, he re-entered the world of academics as a full time mentor, facilitator and passionate trainer.