Owner and Executive Chef
A native of Beirut, Lebanon, Simon Kattar graduated with honours from the prestigious École Hoteliere de Beirut. Simon received his initial culinary training at various international hotels including the St. George Hotel in Lebanon, and the Westbury Hotel in London, England. In 1971, Simon immigrated to Toronto and, taking advantage of the city's rich cultural diversity, continued to develop his own unique style. In Toronto, Simon has worked at the Four Seasons Hotel, Royal York Hotel, the Delta Chelsea Inn, the Prince Hotel, and La Cuisine. Believing that education is a right and not a privilege, in 1988 Simon also founded the Waladi Child Education Fund, a registered charity helping under-privileged children both locally and abroad. As Executive Chef and co-owner of à la Carte Kitchen, Simon has earned a reputation for culinary excellence in taste and presentation.