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Steve Watson

Chef Steve Watson first came to Canada from London, England in 1977 to study North American cooking. Before arriving in Canada the native of Scunthorpe, England served as an apprentice in Mayfair London then worked in Scotland, Belgium, France and Germany. His first culinary foray in Canada began at the Digby Pines Hotel in Nova Scotia where he received landed immigrant status. From there, Chef Watson continued to work and teach his passion. He taught culinary arts at the Cambrian college in Sudbury, Ontario before joining the Canadian Pacific Hotels chain in 1988. His association with Canadian Pacific Hotels began at the Algonquin Hotel in St. Andrews By-the-Sea, New Brunswick. However, by years-end Steve had moved again. In what was potentially his last move, Steve accepted a position with the Hotel Newfoundland in St. John’s.

During his tenure as Executive Chef at the Hotel Newfoundland, Steve had the opportunity to meet some of the most influential people in the world. He was the host chef for United States President Bill Clinton at the G7 Summit in 1995 in Halifax, NS. In 1997, he served as host chef for Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth, as well as the Duke of Edinburgh when they came to Newfoundland to celebrate Cabot 500 and the arrival of the Mathew replica. When Canada House in London, England was reopened in 1998, Chef Watson was chosen to be part of The Canadian Culinary Team. Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth, the Duke of Edinburgh and the Prime Minister of Canada, Jean Chrétien attended the State Dinner following the official opening. In addition, Steve has proudly promoted Newfoundland cuisine as a Canadian representative at culinary fairs in Japan and Great Britain.

Chef Watson is well known as the co-host of One Chef One Critic on the recently aired weekly Rogers Cable TV show which highlights cooking, interviews with local celebrity guests and culinary features.

In October 2008, Chef Watson was the host chef for the NL luncheon at the Atlantic Canada Showcase in Moncton, New Brunswick with the Honorable Clyde Jackman, Minister of Tourism. In February 2008 and March 2009, Chef Watson attended the Boston Seafood Show with the Canadian Aquaculture Association in conjunction with the NL Aquaculture Association to give cooking demonstrations at the international show, which over 30,000 people attended. In July 2006, Chef Watson was the host Chef for the Canadian Premiers Convention at the Humber Valley Resort. Chef Watson has Co-Chaired on two occasions and also been an active culinary consultant for the annual Hospitality Newfoundland and Labrador Convention.

In July of 1999, Chef Watson decided it was time to make a career move. After working virtually his whole career as a chef he realized that his experience and talent could also be used outside the kitchen. It was this decision that brought Steve to the Farmers Dairy/Central Dairies Sales and Marketing team as Food Service Representative and Executive Chef.

Steve has brought a wealth of knowledge and experience to the dairy industry, which combined with his unique talents have enabled him to create his own niche in the community. Despite being an executive chef in various hotels around the world, Steve brings much more than those skills to the table. He is seen regularly on CTV Canada AM, ASN Breakfast Television and in his own province, NL he is a regular on both NTV & CBC, not to mention his co-hosting duties on Rogers One Chef One Critic. His extracurricular activities are as diverse as his talents, and it is through his role as Food Service Representative and Executive Chef that he is able to showcase these interests. He provides both culinary and ice carving demonstrations, and gives instructional cooking classes. He has made local, national, and international television appearances to talk about and prepare special culinary dishes and is a highly sought after Master of Ceremonies and Guest Speaker. Steve volunteers and participates on a number of Boards and Foundations including, the Rennies River Foundation, School Lunch Association, The Janeway Children’s Hospital Foundation, and the scouting movement. Steve is a firm believer in his community and likes to “shout it out loud” whenever he gets a chance, as he is also the Town Crier for the City of Mount Pearl.

Twenty years has passed since Steve first came to Newfoundland. He is a devoted family man, a dedicated employee, and a prominent member of the local community. He epitomizes the definition of a volunteer, and spends countless hours giving back to the people of a province he now calls home.