My name is Francois de Jong. I am a Red Seal Chef, Holistic Nutritional Counselor, Mentor and Community Foods Teacher. I am married to an amazing woman and we have a daughter that inspires us to live in the moment and celebrate life.
When I’m not at work you might find me in our garden growing veggy’s in our back yard and creating art, foraging behind Mt. Benson, hunting, camping, going to farm markets, spending time with family and friends. My happy reality is that my work with food and nutrition integrates holistically into our everyday life.
From my early days as a cook learning and mastering all the different kitchen stations from Saucier, Pastry Cook, Entremetier, Garde Manger to Banquets. To Chef running restaurant kitchens around the world, training new cooks, developing new communication skills and ways to inspire young people to be better cooks. To working at a not for profit where I started teaching adult and youth cooking classes.
My years of experience working in a variety of kitchens coupled with a nutritional background has helped me inspire cooks and students to learn about food, nutrition, health and community while also learning essential skills in the Culinary Arts.