Behind The Cutting Board: Ted Reader


Known as the ‘Godfather of the Grill’, his charm and fearless culinary spirit has led Ted to become an award-winning chef, author, food and product innovation entertainer and a professor of Modern Culinary Applications Innovations at the Canadian Food and Wine Institute at Niagara College.

Ted’s culinary adventure began at George Brown College Chef School in Toronto, which to date has paved the way for his dynamic career. He cooks for all walks of life from swanky corporate affairs; to backyard BBQ parties and summer festivals.

Ted’s passion for all things smoked and grilled is extremely contagious. You’ll often find him spreading his gospel of BBQ at live cooking demonstrations and TV and radio appearances that keep fans salivating for more! Follow Ted on Twitter: @tedgrills and on Instagram: @tedgrills

See Ted at #TGE2016:


  • 8pm – Ted Reader


  • 6pm – Openly Discussion: The Openly Discussion is a culinary roundtable featuring Matt Jones, Ted Reader, Jeff Dueck, Krista Faist, Kevin Brauch, Rob Rainford, Amanda Ray, Marcus Mariathas, and surprise guests!
  • 7:30pm – UCC Battle: Ted Reader vs Jeff Dueck. Hosted by Joe Friday & Mike Ward!

Get To Know Ted Reader:

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

I’d be a swim suit model. 

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

Don’t do it! Be a doctor instead. Best advice given, always give 100%.

What is your favourite restaurant, right now?

Swatow Restaurant on Spadina Ave.

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

Someone once said to me that; being a male is a matter of birth, being a man is a matter of age and being a gentleman is a matter of choice. I believe it. Be good. Be kind. Be polite. Be Courteous and be humble.

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

My grandfather, Alexander Berzinsh. He was a gentleman through and through. He loved life, food, drinks and overall was the kindest, sweetest man.

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


Use code FIVEOFF to save $5 off General Admission tickets.

#BEBETTER at The Gentlemen’s Expo. November 10-12 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre!

Here’s a taste of what Ted brings to the table!