8 November 2010 – Shufelt

Chef Paul Shufelt

Corporate Chef – Century Hospitality Group

Paul was born in Montreal, in 1978 . From a young age food has been an important part of his life, but it wasn’t until he set foot in his first professional kitchen at the age of 16 that he knew this career was meant for him. Coming home his first night after work, he knew there was something different about his new job. Little did he know where this start would take him.

He spent over 4 years in that kitchen, learning something new almost every day. Finally, at the age of twenty-one, he left Montreal to pursue his culinary career further. His first stop was Canmore, Alberta, then Banff, where he apprenticed under Chef Thomas Neukom at Buffalo Mountain Lodge. In the spring of 2001 he completed his studies at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology.

Young and looking for inspiration, he left for Switzerland, working with a former colleague at a Gasthof for eighteen months. The chef was relentless and the days were long, but the experience shaped Paul’s skills and was the foundation for the menus he develops today. It was there that he realized the profound effect a great meal can have on a person.

After returning to Canada he began cooking as the Executive Chef at LUX Steakhouse & Bar in Edmonton. He has been with Century Hospitality Group for over five years now and has evolved

into the Corporate Chef and managing partner. As the restaurant group continues to grow, so too does he. With the responsibility of over 40 chefs and five unique kitchens, he is never short on things to keep him busy.

After 16 years in this industry he has really begun to develop his style. He believes in simplicity, allowing great quality ingredients to speak for themselves. You will often see him take classic comfort foods and present them with a modern flair, always keeping in mind his culinary roots, but expressing his artistic creativity.

Posted in 2010