Meet the Chef

Grace Di Fede, CCC

Executive Sous Chef

Professionally trained through the culinary brigade for almost 18 years, Grace began her career in Toronto graduating from George Brown College, followed by an externship in Italy, and then completing a three-year apprenticeship program with Hilton Hotels. Grace has also achieved medals competing locally, most notably the Toronto Culinary Salon and the Junior Knorr Culinary Challenge.

In 2010, she participated in a two-year pilot program administered by the Canadian Culinary Institute (CCI) and obtained her Certified Working Chef Certification (CWC) as part of her Associate Development Program (ADP) for Starwood Hotels.
In 2017, Grace achieved her Chef de Cuisine Certification (CCC). The Chef de Cuisine Certification is sanctioned by the Canadian Culinary Federation. It is known as one of the highest achievements and honours for a Canadian Chef. Since its inception 39 years ago in 1980, only approximately 1200 Chefs have achieved the CCC Certification in Canada.

Grace has a diverse culinary background, from restaurants to golf clubs and hotel kitchens, including experience overseas in Italy and The Netherlands. Some of the recognized hotel chains she has worked for are Hilton, Starwood (Sheraton), and InterContinental (IHG).

For the past 8.5 half years, Grace has held progressive leadership roles as Sous Chef, Chef de Cuisine and Executive Sous Chef with InterContinental Toronto Centre. She has participated in many media events showcasing contemporary culinary trends and her passion for cooking.

Grace Di Fede, CCC

Executive Sous Chef

Professionally trained through the culinary brigade for almost 18 years, Grace began her career in Toronto graduating from George Brown College, followed by an externship in Italy, and then completing a three-year apprenticeship program with Hilton Hotels. Grace has also achieved medals competing locally, most notably the Toronto Culinary Salon and the Junior Knorr Culinary Challenge.

In 2010, she participated in a two-year pilot program administered by the Canadian Culinary Institute (CCI) and obtained her Certified Working Chef Certification (CWC) as part of her Associate Development Program (ADP) for Starwood Hotels.
In 2017, Grace achieved her Chef de Cuisine Certification (CCC). The Chef de Cuisine Certification is sanctioned by the Canadian Culinary Federation. It is known as one of the highest achievements and honours for a Canadian Chef. Since its inception 39 years ago in 1980, only approximately 1200 Chefs have achieved the CCC Certification in Canada.

Grace has a diverse culinary background, from restaurants to golf clubs and hotel kitchens, including experience overseas in Italy and The Netherlands. Some of the recognized hotel chains she has worked for are Hilton, Starwood (Sheraton), and InterContinental (IHG).

For the past 8.5 half years, Grace has held progressive leadership roles as Sous Chef, Chef de Cuisine and Executive Sous Chef with InterContinental Toronto Centre. She has participated in many media events showcasing contemporary culinary trends and her passion for cooking.

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