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Shangri-La Hotel, Toronto Collaborates with Toronto Chefs for Taste of the Six Series

Shangri-La Hotel, Toronto Collaborates with Toronto Chefs for Taste of the Six Series

Toronto, January 30, 2017-In collaboration with some of Toronto’s renowned chefs, Shangri-La Hotel, Toronto is excited to introduce a new culinary series called Taste of the Six. The inspiration of the series was created to embrace and celebrate Toronto’s vibrant food scene; chefs Matt Blondin, Frankie Solarik and Jed Smith will each have one night to join together with Shangri-La’s executive culinary team. Each chef will collaborate to create an exclusive prix fixe menu that will be available in Bosk, in support of Sustain Ontario.

 “Taste of the Six will allow guests to experience one of a kind menu’s that truly represent our shared passion for the craft, while supporting healthy food and farming through the great work of Sustain Ontario.” said Marcus Routbard, executive chef at Shangri-La Hotel, Toronto. “I have profound respect for Chefs Blondin, Solarik and Smith, and I’m looking forward to collaborating in the kitchens with them.” 

The first Taste of the Six event will take place on 23 February 2017, with Chef Matt Blondin from OMAW. Originally a native of Sudbury, Ontario, Matt Blondin has worked in the Toronto restaurant scene since 2005. Currently a partner in the Toronto-based hospitality company The Food Dudes, Blondin has helped open several acclaimed restaurants including Rasa, Pantry, and recently Omaw. Having honed his skills in the kitchens at Colborne Lane, Luce and Sen5es, and Momofuku Daishō, plus a stint on the West Cost to study seafood and aquaculture, Blondin is regarded as one of Toronto’s chefs.

Next in the Taste of the Six series on 15 June 2017 is Frankie Solarik, co-owner of Toronto’s BarChef.  Rated by Food and Wine Magazine as one of the seven new and innovative bars in the world, Solarik is a Canadian pioneer of the progressive and contemporary approach to cocktails. Chef Solarik looks to inspire others worldwide by adopting a new outlook in cocktail culture and dramatically expanding on the Modernist movement all in tandem with the Bosk team.

For the final collaboration in the Taste of the Six series on 19 October 2017, Shangri-La Hotel, Toronto will welcome its friendly neighbour Jed Smith from Momofuku. English-born Smith began his career in London under the esteemed tutelage of the chefs at Sketch restaurant. In 2010, he moved to New York to join the team at Momofuku Ssäm Bar. After a stint in Montreal working for Chef Martin Picard and Vincent Dion-Lavallée at Cabane à Sucre Au Pied De Cochon, Jed relocated to Toronto as one of Daishō’s opening Sous Chefs, before transitioning to Shōtō.

Taste of the Six will take place over three exclusive evenings, 23 February, 15 June, and 19 October 2017, at Shangri-La Hotel, Toronto’s Bosk restaurant. Tickets are available to purchase starting at C$140 per person. For tickets or to learn more about this series please contact: 647-788-8294.



Hong Kong-based Shangri-La International Hotel Management Limited, one of the world’s premier hotel management companies, currently operates over 95 hotels in 22 countries and 73 destinations under the Shangri-La, Kerry, Hotel Jen and Traders brands.  Prominently positioned in Asia, the group has established its brand hallmark of “hospitality from the heart” over four decades in Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Europe, North America and the Indian Ocean.  The group has a substantial development pipeline with upcoming projects in mainland China, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Saudi Arabia and Sri Lanka.  For more information, please visit


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PRESS CONTACT:              


Aynsley Knight                                              

Marketing and Communications Manager                 

Shangri-La Hotel, Toronto                             

Tel:  (647) 788-8888


Social media handles: @shangriLaTO #tasteofthesix