Chef de Cuisine, Michael Hay
Chef Michael Hay began his career in the kitchen in his hometown of Kingston, before moving to Ottawa to study English and Humanities at Carleton University. But the lure of chef life proved too great. Michael decided to pursue his passion for food full-time. He honed his skills in various restaurants in Ottawa, working alongside prominent chefs such as Marc Lepine and Rene Rodriguez. In 2007, Michael moved to Chicago to gain experience with molecular gastronomy at Michelin-starred Moto Restaurant. A year later, he returned to Ottawa, where he became Executive Chef at Courtyard Restaurant. In 2012, he moved to Back Lane Café. Under Michael’s leadership, both restaurants were amongst the top ten in Ottawa. Michael has also been selected to compete in the prestigious Gold Medal Plates (Ottawa) competition twice, in 2011 and 2012. Michael will use traditional cooking techniques to execute a polished casual menu driven by seasonal products and O&B Canteen’s passion for flavourful, quality food.