It’s rare to see a chef featured on Top Chef Canada with a skill set as versatile and expansive as Ottawa’s Dominique Dufour. So when we found out that chef Dufour was personally recruited by the acclaimed cooking competition’s showrunners, we weren’t exactly surprised.
Known for her technical prowess and commitment to Canadian cuisine, the chef-owner of Gray Jay Hospitality infuses passion and fervor into every aspect of her culinary outlook.
In addition to championing local producers and sourcing exclusively Canadian ingredients, chef Dufour is also an adamant ambassador for equality in the kitchen. In 2017, the Montréal-born chef founded Les Femme Chefs De Montréal--a recurring event where female chefs cook for, support, and empower one another.
We recently had the chance to catch up with chef Dufour, who shared some of her favourite places to eat and drink in and around her homebase of Ottawa.