Charming and charismatic with a stealthy sarcastic side, this former Chef De Cuisine at Toronto’s healthy upscale restaurant Four not only has considerable culinary talents and experience, but also a spicy competitive streak often ignited by friend and fellow top chef Grant Van Gameran. The duo met in a high school drama class vying for the affections of the same girl – Craig ultimately won her over and enjoyed a brief romance, but years later it is Grant who has the last laugh – he is happily dating this very same girl, who eventually became a top wardrobe stylist after working as a model for a short time. Craig doesn’t really like to talk about it. Over the years Craig and Grants’ careers crossed paths, often fueling their playful rivalry, but allowing them to maintain their close friendship. Craig’s intrepid culinary travels have taken him all over North America as well as to Australia, Japan, Thailand, and he has held roles in kitchens everywhere from Sydney’s popular North African restaurant Moorish, to Toronto’s world renowned Canoe and Jump Café & Bar. Craig was also Sous Chef at Far Niente for two years prior to becoming Head Chef at Four – after spending the last year traveling with girlfriend Alexandra – whom Grant hasn’t dated – Craig is in the process of opening his own resto in downtown Toronto.
Rough around the edges with a dry sense of humour and a sexy ‘James Dean’ look, Grant is one of the top players in his game – cooking professionally for over 10 years, Grant left his position as Sous Chef at Lucien (rated the #1 New Restaurant in 2007 by James Chatto of Toronto Life) to open his own restaurant in 2008, The Black Hoof. Specializing in charcuterie, The Black Hoof has been named one of Toronto’s premiere dining locations in Toronto Life, The Globe & Mail, Now Magazine and The Toronto Star to name a few, catapulting Grant into ‘star chef’ territory. After only a year and a half of being open, demand was so great for Grant’s incredible flavour that he opened a ‘sister’ restaurant across the street called The Hoof Café that caters to the brunch/lunch crowd. A proud graduate of the School of Hard Knocks, Grant worked his way up through the ranks in some of the best kitchens this city has to offer, and has Craig to thank for getting him his first job working in the kitchen at Toronto fine-dining hot-spot Canoe – and of course Craig never lets him forget it.