Chef’s Table – September 1-3, 2022

September 1-3, 2022

The 2022 Chef’s Table Series partners with the National Arts Centre to present an outdoor dining experience on a terrace in the heart of the city, with live music performed on a unique floating stage on the Rideau Canal, a UNESCO world heritage site.

Chef Tanya Skeates

Chef Tanya SkeatesChef Tanya Skeates, a native Montrealer, holds a wide range of experience from working in prestigious places such as Mosimann’s in London England where she cooked for the British Royal Family, the Kulm Hotel in St. Moritz, Switzerland, Rideau Hall (the Official Residence of the Governor General), and as Acting Chef for the Right Honorable Justin Trudeau and his family.

After returning from Europe and working for a time in Ottawa leading some of the popular restaurants of the time, such as the Manx and the Black Cat, she opened her own restaurant in Wakefield, Quebec. Soupçon became a popular hub, with a loyal local following. There she continued to develop her own unique style of supporting local farmers and producers while adding a touch of influence of her travels throughout Asia and Australia.

In 2018 she began teaching at Algonquin College as an instructor in the Culinary Arts program. Her passion and curiosity for food and culture is contagious and it is here that she feels that the cumulation of her extensive 28-year career has created the perfect grounds for her to influence and inspire the next generation of culinary students.

She currently lives amongst trees in Val des Monts with her husband and two Labrador retrievers.

Chef Kenton Leier (National Arts Centre)

Chef Kenton LeierExecutive Chef Kenton Leier brings enthusiasm, passion, and creativity to the kitchens at Canada’s National Arts Center.

He is a second-generation chef, born and raised in Saskatoon, in the heart of the prairies. His culinary philosophy relies on the use of sustainable and locally sourced ingredients of the highest quality and letting their inherent qualities stand out in his dishes. 

Chef Leier led teams in Ottawa’s finest hotel kitchens before moving to the NAC in 2017. He has cooked for celebrities, politicians and dignitaries, won numerous medals nationally and internationally and taught young cooks at Ottawa’s Algonquin College. 

He is committed to promoting growth and excellence in his team at the NAC and leads them in their mission to represent the best in Canadian cuisine.


Confit of Arctic char
Tomato and watermelon salad with lime leaf, Thai basil, and chili

Tamari seared Black Angus beef tenderloin with almond pesto
Beet-greens and corn potato croquette – summer squash – rainbow Swiss chard
Roasted shallot and chive vinaigrette

Vegetarian – Tamari seared black bean and cilantro cake with almond pesto
Beet-greens and corn potato croquette – summer squash – rainbow Swiss chard
Roasted shallot and chive vinaigrette

Burnt honey set yogurt cheesecake
Shiso blueberries – corn cookie crust

Downloadable Menu

Music: Dueling Pianos

Dueling PianosDave Kalil, Tyler Kealey and Todd Huckabone have been a staple of the music scene in Ottawa known as the Dueling Pianos. Their musical ability and interactive personalities have captivated audiences since they formed the group in 2002.

With both Dave and Tyler at the keyboards, they are held together by Todd on guitar to form a solid show of endless classic hits spanning several decades of music. Playing a blend of requests from the audience, blistering guitar and piano solos, three part harmonies, and random comedic impromptu moments, their show has won over the crowds they perform for time after time.