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As an internationally recognized chef who hails from the Prairies, Dale Mackay is working with Co-op to give Co-op shoppers and food lovers recipe ideas that use ingredients from their local Co-op Food Store. Dale is working with Co-op in the development of CO-OP® GOLD products.
Co-op shoppers can expect exclusive recipes from Chef Dale MacKay that are delicious and easy to prepare at home. Dale is also featured in short videos to help you in the kitchen.
Dale MacKay is best known as the winner of Top Chef Canada’s first season in 2011. Originally from Saskatoon, Sask., MacKay’s culinary career began as a fry cook in Vancouver, B.C. He then moved to London, England, where he began working at Gordon Ramsay’s Claridge’s, followed by stints in other Michelin-starred Ramsay restaurants in London, Tokyo and New York City. He eventually returned to Vancouver to become the executive chef at Daniel Boulud’s Lumière restaurant.
After winning Top Chef Canada and starting his own Vancouver restaurant, MacKay returned to his hometown, where he founded the Grassroots Restaurant Group with Christopher Cho and Nathan Guggenheimer. With this group, he’s opened restaurants in Western Canada, including: Ayden Kitchen & Bar, Little Grouse on the Prairie and Sticks and Stones.
In addition to his Top Chef Canada win in 2011, Dale MacKay has many more accolades to his name, including being named a Western Living “Foodie of the Year” in 2014, while Ayden made Air Canada's EnRoute Magazine’s Top 10 Best New Restaurants list, won EnRoute’s People's Choice Award for Canada’s Best New Restaurant and was on Vacay.ca’s Top 50 Restaurants in Canada list in 2014-2016. During his time at Lumière in Vancouver, the restaurant was awarded the AAA Five Diamond Award.