Chef Blair Lebsack
Senior Instructor – NAIT School of Hospitality and Culinary Arts
Chef Lebsack has developed his career through Executive Chef Positions in Calgary, Banff, Saskatoon and Edmonton. Chef Blair believes in the “Slow Food Movement” and recently attended Terra Madre in Turin, Italy as an Edmonton delegate.
Inspired by exceptional local products, Blair has promoted his trademark “Cultivated Canadian Cuisine” through farm dinners with RGE RD. He has volunteered much time to helping with local food initiatives such as Indulgence, Grilled Cheese Olympics, Chef’s in the City and is a part of the CCFCC. He has been nominated as the Alberta Farmer’s Market Association’s “Local Food Hero” and is currently organizing the Slow Food National Gala for 2012.
In conjunction with Travel Alberta and Edmonton Tourism, Blair went on a Media PR initiative to raise awareness of Alberta Cuisine in the Los Angeles market. This experience found Blair preparing a 4 Course Alberta Themed Dinner in the prestigious kitchen of Spago in Beverly Hills. Also in the US, he was selected to showcase local cuisine for “Endless Feast”, a television program that aired on PBS.
In the Edmonton market, Chef Blair has competed in the previous three Edmonton Gold Medal Plates Competitions garnering impressive silver and bronze finishes. He is often featured on City TV’s Breakfast Television, has written and contributed to articles in ‘The Tomato’ and continues to cater many Edmonton Tourism events. He is currently an instructor for the culinary arts program at NAIT.