Bendale Business and Technical Institute is a vibrant high school in the heart of Scarborough. Through a partnership with FoodShare, an urban farm on-site supplies seasonal produce and year-round kitchen herbs. The culinary arts program is a real field to table learning experience. Chef Darren Beer runs a tight operation as he leads his students in the preparation of daily meals for the school community and catering for events both at the school and around the city. Chef Beer first entered Memorial University of Newfoundland to study education. With encouragement from his family and fiancé chef he decided to follow his passion and soon found himself enrolled in a local culinary program. Wanting to further his repertoire Chef Beer moved to Toronto, attended George Brown College and not long after found himself working in Italy. Upon returning to Toronto, he worked as Sous Chef at the Chimo Hotel Markham before moving to Islington Golf Club. Having spent sixteen years plying his trade, Chef Beer took a teaching position at Bendale for three years. The last ten years he has taught special needs students at Maplewood High School, where on three occasions his students have competed provincially at the Skills Canada Competition in Kitchener/Waterloo. Chef Beer has now returned to Bendale where he hopes he can continue to inspire students in the culinary field to follow their passion for cooking.
Salt Fish and Ackee Fritter