A Coming Home | Capital Dining
"Welcome home" is how restaurateur Steve Beckta announced Chef Katie Brown Ardington's new position as Executive Chef of the Beckta trio of restaurants. For the past 15 months, Brown Ardington has been a member — and, for a time, the only woman — of the elite CCC, Le Club des Chefs des Chefs, those who feed presidents, prime ministers and some royal households, in her role as personal chef to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. I must admit, as delighted as I was for Brown Ardington to have the chance to cook family suppers for the Trudeaus, and put Canada on the plate at state dinners, (and let's not forget, to add a woman's face to a group that's overwhelmingly guy), I was also sad that her food would no longer be publicly accessible. A Brockville native, and graduate of Algonquin College's Culinary Management Program, I followed her career with pen, pride and pleasure. From cook at Beckta on Nepean Street, to sous chef at Beckta's sibling restaurant, Play, to chef de cuisine at Play,