No. Nor is ChefDb a restaurant review site, a social networking site, a wiki or a blog. The
Chef and Restaurant Database is an ongoing project to document
the names of chefs, restaurateurs and restaurants from around the world,
both past and present. Chef profile
pages list the employment history of a particular chef. Restaurant profile pages list individuals who have previously worked or currently
work at the establishment. All of the information
is cross-referenced, making it easy to navigate between people, places,
cities and regions. The information on this site has not previously
been collected in a central repository, and hundreds of new entries
are coming online every week.
My name is Brian and I'm the 'proprietor' of ChefDb. I was
born and raised in Toronto and spend my days working
in the Marketing department at a large law firm, although my background is in Information Technology. The idea
for ChefDb came about in 2003 when I was living in Scotland
and kept track of the many bars I visited around the UK and
an existing interest in food, drink, restaurants and web development,
I created a simple page to record the places I visited and
the names of anyone I knew who worked there. This
idea soon developed into The Toronto Chef and Restaurant Database,
created from my flat in the shadows of Edinburgh Castle.
The focus of the original database was primarily historical Toronto chef and restaurants from the 1960's through the 1980's (I guess I was homesick or nostalgic, or both). In 2004 I moved back to Toronto and enlisted the help of my father George—a retired Professor at the University of Toronto—to assist in maintaining and growing the database. After opening up the site to chefs and restaurants from around the world, the site was re-named The Chef and Restaurant Database.
You must be currently employed by a restaurant or institution in a BOH or FOH capacity, or be "between jobs";
Catering, consulting and personal chef services are also eligible, but you must have an existing Website before you can be listed on ChefDb.
Any back of house position (this is ChefDb, after all);
Senior front of the house positions
(General Manager, Sommelier, Maitre 'd, etc);
Owners, partners, executives, officers and directors
of restaurants or restaurant groups;
Consulting positions are eligible if the services
pertain to the food. Design consultants
may be listed if you are the
designer of record for the restaurant,
in which case your name is listed
below the restaurant name (as "Designed by ... "). Other
consultants (Business, Web design, marketing, financial, legal etc.) are not eligible;
Host/Server/bartender/busser/food runner/dishwasher positions are
only eligible if you have since moved into a more senior
FOH position, a BOH role or ownership/partnership in a restaurant;
Culinary students are only eligible if associated with a restaurant in an internship or externship capacity.
The following positions are not eligible for listings on ChefDb:
Distributors, importers, recruiters, HR or marketing professionals, representatives and agents.
It's easy. Provided you meet our criteria for inclusion (see above), you only need to:
1. Create an account with ChefDb by selecting the 'Register' link found on every page;
2. Wait for the auto-reply email and click on the activation link in this email to activate your account;
3. Submit your information by selecting the 'Add Record'
button from the top navigation menu.
To create an account with ChefDb, click on the "Register" link found on every page and submit all of the required information. You will receive a system-generated email with an activation link. You cannot log into your account until you click on the activation link.
We are asking for a personal email address so that if you forget your password, a replacement password can be sent to an active email address, instead of an old address from a job you had several years ago.
The activation email is sent by an automated process at the time your registration form is received. Most emails are sent and received almost immediately, but depending
on email traffic there may be a delay of several hours, so be patient. If your email client or host use anti-spam filters, check your spam or junk mailboxes to see if the email has been flagged as spam.
This message means you've either typed in the wrong username, the wrong password or that you have not activated your account with ChefDb. If you have not activated your account with ChefDb, please click on the link in the confirmation email you received from ChefDb at the time you registered. If you have activated your account and you're sure you haven't made any
typos when entering your username and password, the best thing to do is request a new password from the "Forgotten Password" page. If you no longer have access to the email
account on file with ChefDb, please let us know by submitting the form on our feedback page and we'll sort it out.
You can request a new password from the Forgotten Password page. If you no longer have access to the email
account on file with ChefDb, let us know by submitting the form on our feedback page and we'll sort it out.
When you request a new password from ChefDb, an automated process sends you a temporary password, along with your user account name. Most
emails are sent and received almost immediately, but depending on email traffic there may be a delay of several hours, so be patient. If your email client or host use anti-spam filters, check your
spam or junk mailboxes to see if the email has been flagged as spam. If you no longer have access to the email account on file with ChefDb, please let us know by submitting
the form on our feedback page.
If you are a registered member with an existing ChefDb profile, you can now include a link to your member profile page. Your member profile page includes additional information about yourself not found in your ChefDb profile. The content of your member profile page is maintained by you and can include:
Log into your account and select the 'Member Services' link from the ChefDb homepage, then select 'Edit your member profile'.
When editing your member profile, you can decide whether or not to display the member profile button on your ChefDb profile page, as well as which elements to make visible to the public (address, phone number, resume, photo, etc.).
You can submit a photo as large as you wish (to a maximum of 200,000 KB), however all photos must be at least 250 pixels wide and 375 pixels tall, as shown by the blue area below. The photo appearing on your member profile page will be re-sized to approximately 120 pixels wide by 180 pixels tall.
Please try to submit a photo with an aspect ratio of 1:1.5 - in other words a "portrait" photo that is 1.5 times taller than it is wide. A photo with these dimensions will prevent us from cropping any of your picture to fit it on your member profile page.
We will not post any photos that include other individuals.
To hide your existing photo or resume, edit your member profile and select the 'Hide' radio button next to your photo/resume. This prevents these elements from appearing on your member profile page. Uploading a new photo or resume will automatically overwrite your existing photo/resume.
ChefDb originally focused on historical chef
and restaurant listings. As such, the database initially grew based
on "homegrown" research
conducted by ChefDb editors in newspapers, magazines, books, Web sites and from information gathered
through acquaintances. No
online submissions were accepted from the chef and restaurant
approximately 50% of new database listings are derived from
such research, conducted primarily in several major newspapers offering online, subscription-based archives dating
back several decades.
In an effort to grow ChefDb beyond a historical source of
information, we began to offer a registration and submission process
in January 2005, allowing chefs and restaurateurs the opportunity
to submit a profile of their career. Although information
submitted in this manner is carefully vetted, we don't have
the time (or the ability) to independently verify every submission
made to the site. We simply ask that those submitting information
do so with good intentions and include a source or reference if possible. If
we have questions regarding submissions made to ChefDb (as we
often do), we will contact the submitter or use other resources
to verify the information.
A considerable effort is made to provide accurate information,
but there is no guarantee regarding the accuracy or completeness
for any particular listing. To
suggest additions or corrections to the database, please use the
online tools as outlined in the ChefDb FAQ.
Determining the position or title of an individual can often
times be difficult. We
are sensitive to the fact that some
individuals will be identified with the wrong
title. This is usually a result of conflicting, incomplete, or
incorrect reference information. Below are the general guidelines
with respect to position descriptions.
Chef or Executive Chef
The individual is specifically identified in reviews, articles or
other reference material as being "the Chef" or Executive
Chef of the establishment. This may or may not be the person
responsible for the day-to-day cooking and may actually be
the Sous Chef or Chef de Cuisine. In some cases the individual
could also be the owner or co-owner of the restaurant, although
he or she is not specifically identified as such in available references.
Other titles (e.g.
Owner, Co-owner, Sommelier, Maitre d', Manager)
The individual is specifically identified in our sources as having this
title. This person may have had other roles at the restaurant,
but the position listed is the only one identified
in our references.
No title listed (i.e.'--')
A title of '--' indicates the individual's
specific role is not known. Our references
will usually indicate the individual is "a
veteran of such kitchens as Canoe and Auberge du Pommier" or
that "Chef Smith spent 1989 to 1991 at Centro." We have no
information to support a title of any sort for these listings.
the individual has personally submitted their profile
to ChefDb, the process of assembling a "complete"
profile for a chef can be extremely time-consuming. A
chef's profile is often developed over a period of weeks, months
or even years, using small pieces of information gathered
from various sources. As
there can be a great deal of speculation with respect to years
of employment or ownership, the styles below are being used to
manage the inevitable uncertainties.
xxxx - Present
Any year - Present
At the time of our last update for this individual,
he or she was still working at this establishment and is
believed to have started in the year indicated.
2011 - 2015
One or more sources indicate the individual
worked at this establishment during this specific time period.
[2011 - 2015]
The duration specified is known for certain, however
the individual may have occupied this position before and/or
after these years.
The year listed underneath the restaurant's address is the year
the restaurant opened to the public. The year listed next to
the individual's name is the year they became involved in the project. Owners,
Executive Chefs and key management almost always have an association
with a project long before the restaurant opens to the public,
which can account for an earlier year listed next to the individual's name.
Surprisingly (at least to us), this question has been asked several
times. The very short answer is no. While we appreciate
the interest, ChefDb is still a part-time hobby and we simply
don't have the time to delve into bulk distribution of the data.
ChefDb uses the Google "API" (Application
Programming Interface) to deliver Google maps for all of our
listings. The Google API method automates
the process by allowing us to retrieve the relevant map directly
from Google at the time you click on the restaurant's address.
We previously maintained Google map coordinates in the ChefDb database which meant gathering the information was a time-consuming and manual process that left many establishments without a map. Although
there are some differences and even inaccuracies with this new
method (we once found a restaurant located in the middle of the
Irish Sea!), we're pleased with the overall results. If
you happen to spot any obvious inaccuracies with a particular
map, please let us know.
No. Assuming the individual is even a registered member of ChefDb, member contact information is confidential so we cannot provide this information. If the chef has elected to display his/her Member Profile, there will be a link on the profile page to "View Member Profile", which may include an email address. Failing that, your best option is to contact the establishment where
the chef works.
We don't know any more about an individual than what is currently listed on his/her profile page. As soon as we know, you'll know. Subscribe to our RSS feed to stay on top of new additions to the database.