Behind The Cutting Board: Rob Rainford


Celebrity Chef Robert Rainford is a Canadian chef, author and television host of shows that have aired on stations including Food Network Canada, Discovery Home in the United States and Asian Food Channel throughout Asia. Robert was the host of the wildly popular Food Network TV show, License to Grill (which aired in Canada, the USA, Australia, Africa and Asia).

Born in the parish of Saint Andrew, Jamaica on November 30, 1966, Chef Robert Rainford moved to Canada with his family when he was only three years old. In 1994, he enrolled in culinary school and began a professional career shortly thereafter in which he honed his skills at some of the City of Toronto’s finest restaurants. His professional career has now culminated in his becoming the Chef Ambassador to Centennial College.

Although Robert is a classically trained chef, he is best known as a connoisseur of the grill and for the unveiling of his signature “Rainford Method” unveiled in his new book “Rob Rainford’s Born to Grill” which takes grilling to a whole new level with over 100 recipes and 20 complete menus, all designed for your backyard barbeque.

For Rob, grilling is about entertaining. It’s about spending time with friends and family and sharing precious moments together. This sentiment is captured in the “Rainford Method” and is evident whether he’s cooking on television, on stage in front of hundreds of people, or at home on the backyard patio.


Twitter: @ChefRobRainford

Instagram: @ChefRobRainford


If you weren’t working in the culinary industry, what would you be doing? 

I would probably be still sitting at my plumbing wholesale buyer’s desk. I’m sure I’d be the GM buy now but I’m glad my passion for food won.

Any advice for people getting started in your industry? Best advice you’ve ever been given?

A wise old chef told me that when my hands catch up to the speed of my brain then I’d become the chef I dreamed of becoming.

What is your favourite restaurant, right now?

This is a hard question to answer because there are so many good restaurants but I’d have to say Ivana Raca from Raca Café & Bar. Chef Ivana Raca is at the top of my list I really respect her game.

In your opinion, what traits would you say describe the ideal Gentleman?

Good manners and a genuine respect for women and people in general. Patience and understanding will take you far. Last but not least LOVE & PASSION

If you could have dinner with anyone (Alive or Dead), who would it be, and why?

I would have dinner with my Grandmother on my Mother’s side of my family as she was the best Chef in our family period. I’d like to know if she thought I was up to her standard. I feel like a young kid again looking for her approval.

See and learn from Chef Rainford (and many others) as part of our CULINARY PROGRAMME at #TGE2016.

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