Celebrity Chefs: John Higgins

Chef John Higgins

Chef John HigginsJohn has cooked for the Royal family multiple times, at both Buckingham Palace and on the Royal Yacht Britannia. This photo is from 1980 when he cooked Christmas lunch for the Royal Family at Windsor Castle.

John's first job, at the age of sixteen, was an apprenticeship in Glasgow where he cut the top of a finger off while chopping parsley. He ended up in hospital with six stitches and when he got back to his apprenticeship, his boss said, "Okay Higgins. Finish chopping the parsley and don't cut your other hand!"

John has travelled the world, from India to Italy and Sao Paulo, promoting Canadian cuisine. He was captain of the Canadian Culinary Olympic Team at several different international and worldwide competitions.

John has made several television appearances including, Food Network’s At the Table With and he was also a guest judge on the first season of Top Chef Canada.

John has a long list of accolades, including being the first chef to receive the Toronto Arts Culinary Award, and he was captain of the Canadian Culinary Olympic Team at several different international and worldwide competitions. In this era of celebrity chefs, he reminds his students that being a chef is hard work that requires passion and dedication.

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