Meet The Chef
Rui Pereira was born in Portugal, a country rich in Mediterranean influence, and a culinary tradition rooted in fresh herbs, spices, and olive oil. At the age of 16, in the 1970s, Rui started cooking in Toronto, when the city’s culinary world was just beginning to take shape. Rui considers himself a “first generation Canadian cook.” He was fortunate enough to learn alongside extremely experienced European Chefs that had been “imported” and recruited to establish some of the city’s best known restaurants.
When asked to describe his style of cooking, Rui often replies “good food.” His influences are far and wide, although largely based in the Mediterranean tradition. Rui has been trained in classical French cooking, he also draws inspiration from Italian and Spanish flavours, and is quite loyal to his Portuguese heritage.
Rui’s daughters often described him as an artist. With over 30 years of experience, he has truly mastered the art and craft of culinary. His deep appreciation for food, freshness and flavour can be tasted in every mouth-watering bite.
Chef Pereira's World
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