Culinary teacher, celebrity chef, and successful restauranteur, Murray Zehr will bring his extensive knowledge and contagious enthusiasm for local food in this engaging series of canning classes.

Murray has over 25 years experience in the hospitality industry. He is currently the Head of the Culinary Arts and Chef Training department at Robert Bateman High School in Burlington for the Halton District School Board.

Murray has successfully owned and operated 8 restaurants during his teaching career. In addition to creating the concepts for each of these restaurants, prior to entering education Murray was the Executive Chef overseeing a chain of eight restaurants with over $40 million in annual sales.

Murray was the Chief Education Officer overseeing PPM 150 (The School Food and Beverage Policy) at the Ministry of Education, and was the provincial governments’ chief advisor on Healthy School initiatives.

Murray’s accomplishments in the culinary world are extensive, including working with the Food Network for the popular television show Chopped Canada, cooking for Prince Charles, Gordon Ramsey, and Emeril Lagasse.

Murray has dedicated his time to giving back to his community, including public speaking, fundraising, and working with both Halton Food for Thought, and Food4Kids. Murray has also worked with and fundraised for over 15 other charities including local churches and the Carpenter Hospice.

Murray has written numerous food and beverage columns in news papers and appeared on local television numerous times. One restaurant even aired on an episode of Dragon’s Den.

Murray has graduated from Sault College, Queen’s University, Brock University and the University of Toronto through various programs. Murray is also an Instructor at both Brock University and the University of Toronto. Murray hails from a long line of entrepreneurs including his grandfather Clifford Zehr, the founder of Zehrs Supermarkets.