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.

Are Sulphites Really Such a Big Deal?

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Almost every wine show, seminar or in general every time I speak to a group about wine, I get the now dreaded sulphite question. I have heard everything from “Sulphites…

Wine Prices,Whats the Deal? Part-2

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Before I get in to demand, I should touch on the cost of getting a wine to market. This is a tricky topic because like almost everything else in the…

Wine Prices, Whats the Deal?

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Part 1 Does that $300 bottle really taste better than that $75 bottle? To be truthful, I have no idea. A question like that is only answered by the individual…