The Gentlemen’s Expo Culinary Programme


The Gentlemen’s Expo is back and we’ve taken all of your requests over the last year and we’ve listened. This is why we are expanding the #TGE2016 Culinary Programme at the show: bringing you more food purveyors, and more incredible Chefs because after all… What kind of Gentlemen would we be if we didn’t: A – have a vested interest in cooking, and B – love to eat. Are we right?

So, here’s a heads up on what to expect at our #TGE2016 Culinary Programme. Additions will be added as we move closer to the event in November, so keep checking back because you will not be disappointed:

Patrick McMurray:

Patrick McMurray

Patrick McMurray, also known as @ShuckerPaddy to the online community, owns and operates an Irish Local – The Ceili Cottage – in Leslieville Toronto. This man is like the ‘shucking’ king of shucking oysters. You probably will never shuck as fast as he does, but you can learn by watching him, young grasshopper.

Tonia Wilson:

Gentlemen's Expo

Tonia Wilson owns and operates Savour Flavours and is a certified sommelier with great depth of knowledge in the world of wine and beer. If you want to learn anything about those two subjects, she is the one to teach you so make sure you check out her segment as part of #TGE2016 Culinary Programme – you won’t want to miss it!

Afrim Pristine:

Afrim Pristine

Afrim Pristine is a Maître fromager (Cheese Master) who has years of experience in affinage, a practice handed down through the family business, Cheese Boutique. He’s super charming, very funny and a long-time friend to our office so be ready to have a laugh or two when you watch him live!

Albert Ponzo:

Albert Ponzo

Albert Ponzo is a master in French cuisine classics and is an active ambassador for sustainable farming and aquaculture. He has been leading his kitchen at Le Sélect in Toronto for 10 years and you can find him online @albertponzo.

Rob Rainford:

Rob Rainford Headshot

Celebrity Chef, Robert Rainford, is no stranger to The Gentlemen’s Expo. He is our go-to guy for anything related to backyard BBQ’ing, especially when it comes to steak (drool). Rob is a Canadian chef, author and former 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).

Lindsey Greflund:


Multi-talented Chef Lindsey Greflund is a master when it comes to making delectable pastry deserts. She is the owner of TKO Cakes and will be at our show promoting both Le Dolci and George Brown College’s culinary program. She will turn you in to the baker your grandmother always wanted you to be.  This way, the next time some goon tries to ask you “Do you even bake, bro?” you know exactly what to tell him.

Ted Reader:

Ted Reader

Ted Reader, aka: the ‘Godfather of the Grill’ will be at #TGE2016! 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 has written over twenty-one cookbooks and has won such awards as Cookbook of the Year for the 2014 Single-Subject Cookbook at The Taste of Canada Food Writing Awards for Gastro Grilling.

Matt Jones:

Matt Jones

Matt Jones is a whisk(e)y Ambassador for Beam Global Canada – speaking to 25 premium Scotch, Irish, Canadian, and American whiskies. Bourbon Specialist. Coast to coast educating consumers and trade professionals on whisk(e)y with a cocktail and culinary approach.


This may be a good time to let you that Pie CommissionHank Daddy’s BBQ, Carbon Bar, Feast, Magic Oven, Caplansky’s, The Landing Group, Dr. Oetker and Oyster Boy are the first of many to be added as food purveyors at #TGE2016.

Hungry yet?

See you in November.