Chef Kyle Panton
One of the Island’s foremost culinary talents and homegrown chefs, Kyle Panton embraces a passion and philosophy that reflects a down to earth approach to preparing dishes from the abundance of PEI’s natural ingredients.
His love of cooking was ignited at an early age watching his mother prepare family meals at his home in Belfast, PEI. He graduated from the world-renowned Culinary Institute of Canada and has apprenticed in Toronto under David Lee of Nota Bene and Victor Berry of Splendido and the County General.
He has been recognized locally and internationally for his ability to create award winning dishes using fresh locally sourced products. In 2012, Chef Kyle, was named the PEI Savor local food winner, an award that celebrates and identifies the Island’s food culture. In 2013 he was awarded the prestigious International Seafood Chowder Competition which is part of the PEI Shellfish Festival. In 2014 he captured PEI’s Most Loved Burger, part of PEI Burger love Campaign.
When the apron is off, Kyle enjoys spending time with his family and depending on the season, working on his organic vegetable garden, hunting or playing hockey. He enjoys being a part of the vibrant culinary culture on the Island and looks forward to help shape the future of PEI’s food industry.
Who is your culinary mentor?
Chef David Lee (Nota Bene- Toronto), Chef Ross Munro (PEI Culinary Adventures)
Favourite celebrity chef?
Marc Lepine from Atelier in Ottawa
PEI Beef / Black Garlic
If you could cook for anyone (dead or alive) who would it be?
The Royal Family
The Flavour Bible
If you weren’t a chef, what you would be doing?
Best meal you have ever had?
Vinsion Dish with fresh honey comb at Treadwell in Niagara back in 2007
Kitchen tool you couldn’t live without?
Carousel your awards and recognitions:
2012 PEI Savour Local Food Award
2013 International Seafood Chowder Champion
2013 Participant in the Garland Canada $10,000 International Chef Challenge
2014 Burger Love Winner “The Gatsby”
2014 MGR Chef of the Year