Posted July 2, 2009
Travel & Food

Small Town Ontario Chef Heads to Parisian Culinary Gem

Stratford - A young Canadian chef from Sudbury is on his way to Paris and the experience of a lifetime -- studying with Michelin three-star chef, Pascal Barbot of L’Astrance -- and he’s going to chronicle it all on his blog at

To win the opportunity, Tim Besserer beat out 11 other student chefs on the popular Food Network Show Chef School. The show followed the students’ two-year grind through the demanding culinary program of the Stratford Chefs School, culminating in a competition that demonstrated Besserer’s exceptional talent.

The graduate starts a four-week stint at L’Astrance on July 1st and his blog will be a unique, behind-the-scenes look at what happens in one of the world’s great kitchens and restaurants.

“I’m thrilled to have this chance to work with such an accomplished chef,” says Besserer, “and I’m looking forward to sharing the experience with ‘foodies’ everywhere.”

L’Astrance could be ranked as the most difficult reservation to snag in the three-star restaurant world and Pascal Barbot is regarded by many as the most exciting young chef in Paris. He and partner Christophe Rohat could sell each of the 25 seats over and over every day, the demand is so great for the adventurous, brave new-world cuisine of this tiny bistro.

“It’s an unprecedented opportunity to work side by side with a culinary force,” says Eleanor Kane, founding director of the Stratford Chefs School. “Tim’s stories will be fascinating to everyone who’s interested in food and how it’s created and delivered in a world-renowned restaurant.”

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