Stéphane Levac has been selected as one of this season’s competitors for Canada’s Top Chef.
Levac will be up against 10 other contenders for the title of Canada’s Top Chef, and is the only person representing the East coast.
Stéphane Levac was adopted from the M’Chigeeng First Nation at just six weeks old, and grew up in a Francophone family in Sturgeon Falls. Levac moved around a lot throughout his life, and eventually settled with his wife Sarah in Nova Scotia.
Now 41, Levac said he's beginning to understand who he is, and is making an effort to learn about his Ojibwe culture.
Levac has connected with his biological family who living on Manitoulin Island, and shared in an Instagram post, “30+ years of emotion just ran through my body! The sad part about all this is that I learned my mother has passed. The great thing is I’ve discovered a whole new family that has already accepted me.”
Levac is excited to finally meet his family for the first time when travel restrictions allow him to visit Ontario.
Levac has long been drawn to the culinary arts. He has had many different jobs, including trying his hand at dealing Blackjack at an Ottawa-area casino, “but I always had a knack for cooking,” Levac shares in an interview with the Manitoulin Expositor.
Levac and his family started a catering company, “Frais Catering.” The demand exceeded their capacity and after 5 years with the business, they moved on.
Levac spent time in a variety of kitchens across the East coast and gained the skills associated with working in fast-paced restaurants. Levac and his family have settled in Annapolis Valley where he acts as head chef of a popular gastropub, “Maritime Express and Cidery.”
Levac shares a message for his Manitoulin M’Chigeeng family: “I look forward to coming home. I’m from Sturgeon, yes, but my roots are from Manitoulin Island. I’ll have to cook for them when I get to meet them, but they’ll have to cook for me too!”
Cheer Stéphane Levac on in the upcoming season of Top Chef Canada, premiering April 19, 2021.
Josie Fiegehen, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, SaultOnline.com