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Executive Chef

Meet Executive Chef, David Bakker, CCC

Deerhurst’s executive chef since 2013, Chef David has built a career out of his two passions: food and education. In addition to leading Deerhurst’s culinary team, Chef David is also a co-owner and culinary director at Liaison College Toronto West Campus and teaches at Humber College’s School of Hospitality.

In fact in 2016, he captained the Humber College Culinary Team for their Gold medal win at the IKA/Culinary Olympics in Erfurt, Germany. The IKA/Culinary Olympics have taken place every four years since 1900, and now attracts 2,000 chefs from 50 countries, who prepare 7,000 menus during an intensive competition.

Chef David has also won numerous gold medals at international competitions as part of Culinary Team Ontario and Culinary Team Canada. He competed as an apprentice chef in the National Escoffier Society Cook-Off and was crowned 2003 National Junior Culinary Champion, winning Grand Gold and Best Apprentice of the Show.

His keen knowledge of modern food trends, passion for local ingredients and high level experience at top Toronto hotels including Westin Prince, Marriott Bloor Yorkville and Four Seasons Yorkville, has made Chef David a natural fit to create and lead Deerhurst’s dynamic and multi-faceted restaurant and banquet offerings.