About Me

Owen Steinberg


Creator of Quizzical Chef™

 

Private Chef 

 

Celebrate life sharing healthier, tastier foods with those you care about!

 

I am a recognized industry innovator, as creator, chef, and operator of two restaurants, JOV Bistro and Harvest Kitchen Diner.

 

I have worked to improve the social responsibility of the industry throughout my career. I have done so by creating delicious recipes that reflect modern health trends while supporting locally and sustainably grown food that is awesomely delicious. 

 

JOV Bistro was a small bistro that offered farm-to-table food before that was a thing. (Back in 1999.) At JOV we developed international notoriety because we introduced the concept of Trust-the-Chef dining experiences to the North American dining scene.

 

Harvest Kitchen was a restaurant in a University district in Toronto focused on making ethically and locally sourced food available at every-day prices. At Harvest Kitchen we kept bees on the roof, made our own honey, and ran a small community operated farm where we grew some of our own produce in the summer. 

 

I have been recognized internationally for my culinary artistry and skills by Food and Wine, Gourmet Magazine, Zaggat, the James Beard Foundation in New York, and for my commitment to local food systems by Greenbelt Ontario.


I live to play in the kitchen, building conviviality and community through food. Creating the high-touch online coaching program, The Quizzical Chef™ was my response to recent social distancing, a way to get social in the kitchen even though we're physically apart.

 

It has turned out to be one of the most enjoyable and projects of my career. 

The Quizzical Chef


The Quizzical Chef is a high-touch culinary training and coaching program delivered at a level usually  available only to professionals.


This program is for people who want to have fun improving their culinary skills, so they can eat better tasting, healthier meals, that create memorable experiences for themselves,  family and friends.


You will learn how to:

  • Train your palate
  • Improve your cooking techniques
  • Create more memorable dining experiences

The Quizzical Chef is an online, small-group, high-touch, training and coaching program with like minded (food-loving) peers. Enrollment is limited.


If you have been wanting to improve your culinary skills, eat better tasting, healthier food, create more memorable experiences, you won't find another experience like this.


For more information email "I'm curious" to quizzicalchef@gmail.com

Even though I used to be a pretty good cook, I learned countless new techniques in the Quizzical Chef that make a huge difference to my cooking. Owen say's that it's not the recipe, but the technique that makes the meal. I agree. My food is tasting better across the board. And I've been making dinners that tasted like they were make from a top restaurant. I loved how much fun I had cooking with everyone online.

 

Jill McAbeBusiness Coach, Author of It's Go Time

The Quizzical Chef session was beyond my expectations! I have taken many cooking and baking classes in the past as I am a serious foodie who loves to cook. ...we all need a bit of the Quizzical Chef in our lives. I have walked away from this experience with new culinary skills that I will definitely be applying in my day-to-day life. Owen has taught me how to look at food with a new lens and fine-tuning my taste buds to differentiate great from mouthwatering delectable goodness. Do yourself a favour and please take his Quizzical Chef sessions...you will not be disappointed!!

 

Betty Tom, MN, RN(EC)

The course was awesome. I've always been interested in cooking, and with Quizzical Chef I gained an appreciation for the refined techniques used by professional chefs.​

 

I improved my cooking techniques, knife skills and my palate. I can't execute everything I learned yet, but now with Owen's coaching, I have the understanding and tools that with practice will get me there.

 

What I value most of all, are the delicious meals we prepare that also serve as practice for the techniques we were shown. They have added great dishes to my repertoire, I will continue to enjoy preparing them for family and friends.

Wil Dubinski, Chief of Pathology, Toronto ON.

Looking back on the course I am amazed at all the new techniques we have learned. With each module, I learned to cook with new foods and spices and discovered new shopping resources in our community. It was very helpful having you as a resource for shopping + prepping and you were brilliant during the actual meal cooking and so patient with all the questions. These skills, ideas, techniques and feedback can't be found in a book or video. The time investment in your program was well worth it! Thank you for challenging us and encouraging us to push our culinary limits in many ways. It has paid off many times over already. "

Siobhan Hyland, MD, FACS, University of Kansas

"We feel very fortunate to have been part of your Quizzical Chef training/coaching program. After taking your course, cooking at home has become more enjoyable and successful. This is a wonderful way to spend time together as a couple; shopping, prepping, cooking and eating - well worth our time and energy. We have acquired so many new ideas and techniques. During our final dinner session, it was really special having our (children) join in for the eating part as well. In addition to coaching us, you're inspiring the next generation of chefs!"

 

 

Ivan Chittendan, FCPA, FACS, Ernst & Young 

Private Chef

Services


I offer private chef services for entertaining your family, friends or clients. My passion is transforming simple ingredients into inspired cuisine and memories.


I help you design customized menus for everything from fun and casual evenings to formal black tie events.

  • Special celebrations
  • Online team-building events
  • Private chef in your home

For more info, shoot me an email quizzicalchef@gmail.com  and create your next culinary adventure.

Private Chef

Services


I offer private chef services for entertaining your family, friends or clients. My passion is transforming simple ingredients into inspired cuisine and memories.


I help you design customized menus for everything from fun and casual evenings to formal black tie events.

  • Special celebrations
  • Online team-building events
  • Private chef in your home

Shoot me an email at quizzicalchef@gmail.com to create your next culinary adventure.

 

 

"When we eat well together, we can be well together".

Owen Steinberg

Let's Get Cooking!

To learn more about the Quizzical Chef™ or to set up an in-person or virtual private event, email quizzicalchef@gmail.com


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