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Chef Alec Martin


Born and raised in rural Australia, Chef Alec Martin began his culinary apprenticeship at the early age of 16. Alec quickly found himself traveling Australia kitchen-by-kitchen, soaking up every experience he could and learning every element to cultivate and perfect the art of fine dining while enhancing his culinary expertise. It was his dedicated passion and talent for preparing Southeast Asian cuisine that landed Alec his first Chef du Partie position with nationally-renowned Southeast Asian-focused Gingerboy Restaurant in Melbourne. Working under seasoned and award-winning Chefs Chris Donnellan and Teage Ezard, Alec took in the unique and exotic flavours and creative techniques the Chefs had to offer – reaffirming Southeast Asian cuisine was his calling. Alec left his 3-year career at Gingerboy after successfully rising to the position of Sous Chef and decided to romantically follow the love of his life to Canada to be with his girlfriend, Jo. It is here in Toronto's exploding food scene and cultural melting pot that Alec met Fred, Nick, Cas and Andrew. And it is here that Hawker Bar was born!

A consummate hospitality professional, Chef John Lee's career spans 20-plus years. From his grandmother's and mother's kitchens to the lofty environments of Lotus, Susur and Centro, Mr. Lee has worked extensively in both Asia and Europe. A self described perfectionist and over-achiever, Mr. Lee keeps a frenetic pace as owner of Chippy's Fish & Chips Inc., (former) Executive Chef of the Hilton Garden Inn, Toronto, instructor at George Brown College's Chef School, a freelance writer for Food Television Web, Dining Out, Good Food Revolution, City Bites, Toronto Life and consultant to independent restaurants, films and television.

Fortune Cooking Iron Chef Competition: Street Food Edition


Experience a one-day sampler of our ever-popular Fortune Cooking Iron Chef competition. The secret ingredient will guide the way as two of Toronto's top chefs of contemporary Asian cuisine go head-to-head in a battle of culinary supremacy!

Competing Chefs:
Chef Alec Martin and Chef John Lee

Christian Pritchard

Elizabeth Baird
Andrew Chase
Mary Ito

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