Meet The Chef

Chef Shonn began his culinary education at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology’s School of Hospitality and Culinary Arts. Soon after, the St. Albert native found himself apprenticing in the kitchens of a number of Edmonton restaurants. In pursuit of his culinary dreams, Shonn traveled the globe to work and study. His stops ranged from Hawaii to Switzerland, where he finished his formal education at Centre International de Glion in Bulle. But it was Singapore that turned Chef Shonn’s eye and palate toward Asian cuisine, and after honing his skills he returned to Canada where, at the tender age of 26, he opened Characters Fine Dining. His understanding of cultural influences and international flavours are intuitively and spontaneously translated into his own highly original cuisine. The unparalleled menu abounds with tempting dishes in the style of Canadian continental, Asian and French cooking.

From Wine Country With love

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I write today sitting in the heart of Canada’s largest wine region; Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. The amazing thing about spending time in any wine region is that it seems like wine…

The YEG Wine Scene is Alive and Buzzing!

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So, I spent this past weekend pouring wine at the Rocky Mountain Food and Wine Festival at the Shaw Conference Center in Edmonton, and it was awesome! I have spent…

Why do I Need to Taste my Wine Order?

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“I don’t like this one, let’s try…” NOOOOOOOO! If you have ever worked as a Sommelier, this is probably one of the most dreaded statements you can hear. Why is…