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About Chef Ryo Ozawa:
Executive Chef Ryo Ozawa has brought to Canada a unique blend of culinary traditions that span the globe. With over ten years of training and work in his native Japan, Chef Ryo specialized in classical French cuisine (Seiyo-Ryori). Chef Ryo has attained the senior rank of Teaching Chef, and he enjoys an outstanding reputation in the culinary world in Japan.
Chef Ryo has won national and international competitions, including first place in the Canadian Culinary Cup (CCC) in 2002, a Japan-wide competition for 13,000 chefs featuring Canadian ingredients sponsored by The Canadian Embassy in Tokyo As well, Chef Ryo represented his country in a competition sponsored by Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) in 2002.
Since becoming Executive Chef at EDO in October 2004, Chef Ryo’s combination of Japanese essence and western sensitivities has refined EDO’s menu. His personal charm, passion, eclectic training, artistic creativity and attention to taste and detail, make dining at EDO an exciting aesthetic and gustatory experience. Chef Ryo excels when challenged to present his O-Makase (Chef’s Choice) menu.
Chef Ryo has participated as one of the celebrity Chefs for the Grand Cru Fundraiser since its inception to benefit the University Hospital Network. Chef Ryo has hosted and collaborated at EDO with Executive Sushi Chef Toshio Tomita of Nobu (N.Y.) and Japanese Iron Chef champion (1992 ) Kimio Nonaga of Nihonbashi Yukari (Tokyo ).
Chef Ryo has been invited to participate in the IKA/ World Culinary Olympics in Erfurt Germany this October, 2012. Chef Ryo is married with two children. As he says about himself, “My hobby is cooking.”
About the Consulate-General of Japan in Toronto:
The Consulate-General of Japan in Toronto is the Japanese diplomatic mission responsible for overseeing the relationship between Japan and Ontario. A branch of the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Consulate-General functions as the window to the Government of Japan to both Japanese nationals living in Ontario and Canadians who wish to do business with Japan or visit or simply learn more about the country. In addition, the Consulate-General is the link between Japan and the Government of Ontario, as well as the province's business and cultural communities.