Grain Farmers of Ontario announces resident chef, Jonathan Goodyear

GUELPH, ON (September 4, 2013) – On the heels of a busy growing season, Grain Farmers of Ontario launches a partnership with Top Chef Canada Finalist, Jonathan Goodyear who will represent the province’s corn, soybean and wheat producers in his new role as Grain Farmers of Ontario’s Resident Chef.

Born and raised in Ontario, Jonathan has a true appreciation for using home-grown ingredients and supporting our local farmers. In 2013, Jonathan took on the challenge of competing on Top Chef Canada, making it all the way to the grand finale.  Presently, Jonathan is the Executive Chef at the Royal Canadian Yacht Club where he oversees an extraordinary team and seven exemplary restaurants in the Toronto area.

Over the next eight months, Chef Jonathan will be sharing original grain dishes through television segments and at The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair demonstrating simple, yet delicious, recipes for every occasion.  “Without Ontario Farmers, I couldn’t do what I love,” said Chef Jonathan at a farm tour of Hollinger Farms earlier in the month.

Chef Jonathan is thrilled to be working with Grain Farmers of Ontario as their first Resident Chef getting the chance to develop original and creative recipes while helping connect consumers to the people behind grains. This is a great opportunity to connect with urban audiences through the food and recipes they use and create every day.

For updates on Chef Jonathan’s appearances and copies of his recipes (as they become available), check out the Growing Rural Connections blog at www.growingruralconnections.com

Grain Farmers of Ontario

Grain Farmers of Ontario is the province’s largest commodity organization, representing Ontario’s 28,000 corn, soybean and wheat farmers. The crops they grow cover 6 million acres of farm land across the province, generate over $2.5 billion in farm gate receipts, result in over $9 billion in economic output and are responsible for over 40,000 jobs in the province.

Contact:

Barry Senft, CEO – 1-800-265-0550; bsenft@gfo.ca

Grain Farmers of Ontario is the province’s largest commodity organization, representing Ontario’s 28,000 barley, corn, oat, soybean and wheat farmers. The crops they grow cover 6 million acres of farm land across the province, generate over $2.5 billion in farm gate receipts, result in over $9 billion in economic output and are responsible for over 40,000 jobs in the province.