Photo by Ian Brown

Photo by Ian Brown

About chef Craig Wong

Chef Craig Wong cooks with soul. Described as Asian meets Caribbean Soul Food, when it comes to what he loves to cook, Craig is less concerned with geographic borders and more focused on delicious food.

His cuisine incorporates his Jamaican-Chinese heritage along with the techniques and discipline he acquired from years working in Michelin starred restaurants such as, Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée in Paris, followed by Heston Blumental’s Fat Duck in England.

Wong’s family lived in Jamaica for more than three generations. His father from Kingston and mother from Ocho Rios, decided to immigrate to Canada in the early 70’s. His childhood up-bring is a unique but classic representation of a diverse city like Toronto. Like Jamaica’s national language, his “Patois” is the merging of great food ideas from various cultures, executed with respect for the ingredients.

Craig Wong was born and raised in Scarborough, Ontario. His parents enrolled him in a school where he could learn to speak French fluently. After high school he followed his passion and moved to Lyon, France. He graduated with top honors from L’Institut Paul Bocuse, worked in Europe for three years, and then came home to spend the next decade working in some of Toronto’s top fine dining establishments.

In 2014, he opened Patois Toronto, a fun and vibrant restaurant which pairs traditional Chinese family-style dining with the bold flavors of Asia and the Caribbean. He is currently executive chef of Ting Irie, Dubai’s first Jamaican restaurant. Back in Toronto, a new restaurant Jackpot Chicken Rice was opened in September 2016.

This fusion of flavors has garnered Chef Craig Wong rave reviews and features in International publications such as FOOD&WINE (New York), Food Fanatics (Chicago), The Clever Quarterly (China) and home grown publications such as Toronto Life, Zagat Toronto, Globe & Mail, and Porter Magazine. He has also been invited to cook and showcase Canadian cuisine at the Bon Appetit Test Kitchen , on the 35th floor of the prestigious 1 World Trade Centre in New York.

Accolades: Toronto Life Top 20 restaurants 2015, Joanne Kates top 100, 2015, Toronto Life Best of Everything 2015, Winner of Best Jerk Chicken in TO Competition 2014, Best New Brunch BlogTO 2014, Zagat Toronto's 10 Hottest Restaurants.