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Kanida Chey - Executive Chef at Branca

Kanida Chey's Bio:

Toronto resident and native Kanida Chey is an Executive Chef at Toronto’s Branca Restaurant. This Argentinian inspired restaurant was the brainchild of Kanida and childhood friend James Bateman who wanted to bring an authentic Argentinian dining experience to the residents of Toronto.


Branca’s unique concept centers around the use of live open fire to cook and smoke locally sourced and grain-fed meats. This simple idea of cooking quality cuts over a live flame imparts the food at Branca with a rich, smoky flavour.


In the less than two years since its inception, Branca has become a popular staple to the Parkdale neighbourhood of Toronto. Since opening its doors in 2014, Branca has welcomed a steady stream of guests and has also made a number of best restaurant lists including: Toronto’s Most Romantic Restaurant, Toronto’s Top New Restaurant in the West End, and Top New Restaurant.


Before serving as Executive Chef at Branca, Kanida Chey served as Chef De Cuisine, Executive Sous Chef and Culinary Director for Toronto-based full service international hospitality company Icon Legacy Hospitality, which owns and operates a variety of signature restaurants, cocktail lounges, bars and special events facilities.


During Kanida’s time at Icon Legacy Hospitality, the company was awarded the honour of Top New Restaurant for 2013 & 2014, 10 Best Restaurant in Toronto and Toronto’s 25 Hottest Restaurant 2014.


Kanida Chey’s more than fifteen-year-career in the fine dining world of Toronto started when he attended George Brown College, a downtown Toronto college renowned for its culinary arts and preparation programs. After graduating from George Brown, Kanida secured his first culinary position at Flow Restaurant and Lounge. While there, Kanida held numerous positions that helped fortify his educational training. Some of the jobs he held at Flow include Garde Manger, Entremetier, Poissonnier, Saucier, Grillardin, Junior Sous Chef, and Sous Chef.


During his time at Flow, Kanida also cooked a la carte services for 300 plus guests and assisted the Head Chef in the opening of a catering division that executed banquets and events for 100 to 800 guests.


After working at Flow Restaurant and Lounge, Kanida went on to hold a number of executive kitchen staff positions at some of Toronto’s trendiest spots including, Sous Chef at Rose Water Supper Club, Executive Sous Chef at Origin Restaurant and Executive Chef/Consulting Chef at Ink Entertainment.


A true foodie at heart, Kanida can often be found on his days off at some of the city’s well known produce and meat markets trying new foods and looking for menu inspiration.


Kanida also uses his love and knowledge of food to give back to his community through volunteering his culinary expertise at local soup kitchens and food banks.



Living in the multicultural city of Toronto also allows Kanida the opportunity to participate in the city’s many diverse food festivals, like Taste of Toronto and the Love Food Fest.

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Kanida Chey's Interests & Activities:

food, cuisine, movies, running, vinyl, fashion, friends, family, scooters, restaurants

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