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Robert Bartley

On September 9th, 2008, Chef Robert Bartley was appointed to Director of Culinary and Executive Chef for Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment.  Bartley will oversee the three restaurants at the Air Canada Centre – The Platinum Club, The Air Canada Club and the Hot Stove Club.  His duties will also extend to the BMO field – Toronto’s newest home for the TFC, which boasts the most diverse concession menu in a professional sports arena. Before joining the team at MLSE, Bartley held the Executive Chef position at the Four Season’s Hotel, managing 7 Sous Chefs and over 60 staff in the kitchen.

At only 39 years old, Bartley has worked with some of the area’s most influential chefs including Susur Lee, Chris McDonald and former Executive Chef, Lynn Crawford – with whom he participated on the Food Network’s Iron Chef America competition last fall.

For his next inspiration, Chef Bartley can usually be found exploring Canada’s many neighbourhoods:  “Some of my best ideas come from conversations with local merchants,” he says.  “Whether it’s maple syrup from Sweaburg or cheese from the monasteries in Oka, indigenous ingredients can’t be beat,” says Bartley.

With a flair for nostalgia, Bartley is always putting new twists on those classic dishes he loved while growing up in small town Ontario.   But in The Platinum Club kitchen, only the best will do.  Forget that canned tomato soup and those processed cheese sandwiches – Chef Bartley’s version includes grilled miniature manchego and caramelized onion brioche with smoked tomato bisque.

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Industry Influences:        Marco Pierre White

Favourite Food
:        Mashed potatoes

Hobbies:    Exploring local markets and collecting vintage kitchen items

Cooking Philosophy
:    Cooking doesn’t need to be complicated – sometimes simplicity is best.

Indispensable Kitchen Item
:    A spoon – you can do everything with it!