When Chef Meets Winemaker
When our winemaker Jamie visited one of the restaurants of celebrity chef Mark McEwan in Toronto, Canada, the pair got talking about their palates, passions and methods of creation. Growing up on a farm overlooking a valley of Marlborough grapevines, Jamie has always had winemaking in his blood. He told Mark about his craft and his home in New Zealand, a land rich in raw resources and natural wonders. Striking a chord with the Canadian chef, Jamie invited him to Marlborough to find out more about the Stoneleigh story and discover the region’s pioneering artisan creators.
As a chef who has always been inspired by nature, this was an offer Mark couldn’t resist. Since his early years as Canada’s youngest ever executive chef, Mark has been exercising his creativity, energy and talent for food in innovative ways. As the brains behind a number of influential Toronto restaurants including North 44, Bymark Restaurant and the 5-star One at The Hazelton Hotel, Mark was never one to rest on his laurels. With a best-selling cookbook, a head judge stint on ‘Top Chef Canada’, his own television show, a gourmet grocery store and a cookware line under his belt, Mark still strives for originality and inventiveness in everything he does. But that passion is always fuelled by the same fire; a love of food that’s made from the finest produce, sourced from those unique places on earth where nature creates something truly special.