Chef Willis' Biography
Chef Greg Willis is the owner/operator of Kitchen Made, which offers culinary coaching and personal chef services. He is also the Chef in Residence at the Real Canadian Superstore in St Catharines where he operates his cooking school. Chef Willis’ Cooking School offers evening demonstrations and tastings, and a monthly all day teen/young adult-cooking classes. Chef Willis has aligned himself with many dieticians and public health officials throughout the region and promotes healthy eating guidelines, nutrition, and economics - both physical and budgetary - in the kitchen. His personal in-home dinner parties and cooking lessons have helped hundreds of people enjoy their kitchens more fully.
Chef Willis was the co-founder, Chef, and Sommelier of Cellar Bench Restaurant and Winebar in St. Catharines (1991 – 1999). In addition, he was one of the first professional Sommeliers in Niagara, having graduated from Humber College with his Certificate in 1986. Chef Willis also worked as a freelance Wine Writer for the St. Catharines Standard (1998-2000). He worked as an instructor for Niagara College, Maid of the Mist Center (1997-1999) and at the Niagara Culinary Institute in the Continuing Education Department, Niagara-on-the-Lake (2007).
In 1999, while acting as primary caregiver for his two young children, Chef Willis chose to go on an extended sabbatical to research nutritional and ergonomic concerns in the domestic kitchen. Based on his research, he recognized that the use of the domestic kitchen as a workstation, and the skill set of those who worked there, could use some fine-tuning. There was a need in the home for basic culinary instruction, as well as for the life skills that competent kitchen work promoted. As a result, he now has an understanding of the challenges faced by the domestic kitchen to complement his professional skills.
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