CO-FOUNDER + CEO
Having a streak of independence and the spirit of a rebel from a young age, Michael has not followed the traditional life path that most people do.
Having worked in 5 different countries, consulted in dozen additional ones and traveled to over 50 countries in his lifetime, Michael has an acute awareness of the restaurant, hospitality and entertainment industries.
This combined life and work experience provides Michael with the unique skills and leadership qualities needed to take the Best Restaurant Group and all its brands to new levels of success.
Fun facts: Michael's passions include history, politics, travel and fine dining (having collected over 50 Michelin stars and more than half of the World's Top 100 Restaurants)
CO-FOUNDER + EXECUTIVE CHEF
Travelling the world at a young age has given Ashley an opportunity to see things through an international perspective.
From childhood, Ashley has always been a curious creative dabbling in photography, branding, graphic design & web design which today, have led to the creative driving force behind the Best Restaurant Group.
Prior to diving head first into entrepreneurship, Ashley was head of digital and social media for one of Ontario's largest hospitality groups.
Ashley takes her years of travel, exposure to renowned culinary experiences, a law degree and creative freedom to develop brands and take them to unprecedented levels.
Fun facts: Ashley is a dog person (she has three dogs to prove it), has been to over 25 countries and can never have enough coffee, ever
Co-owner of the restaurant H4C par Dany Bolduc in Montreal since June 2019, Alexandra is a passionate and energetic woman, bringing her colors and roaring laughter wherever she is. This Maître D will not only host you with benevolence but also with a bold sense of humour, creating a warm balance between the comfortable and the high end. She will oversee every detail and make sure the timing of every aspect of your experience is unique and magical/exceptional.
Starting her career in entertainment as a stage manager; Alexandra met the most hardworking people. As a young adult, she gained real experiences and knowledge through her solo-travels from farm to farm across Europe. She found a keen resemblance from what she experienced backstage and had decided to bring the show to the restaurant.
Coming back home, she started working in bars and restaurants where she met various inspiring and passionate people, from owners to bartenders, servers, producers and cooks. When the opportunity came to start anew the H4C project, she simply could not refuse.
It is with warmth, a thirst of knowledge and a rational eccentricity that this woman will share her passion with you!
Fun Facts: Alexandra once had to fist fight a donkey to saver her life.
CO-FOUNDER + SOMMELIER
Born in the Netherlands in 1986, where his father was a head chef at a private club, Jonathan and his family emigrated to Quebec in 1989. Forced to take a make-up exam which held him out of college for the fall semester, Jonathan found work as a busboy and has been in the service and hospitality industry since 2003. Coming from a family whose members all attended university, he completed his Bachelors by majoring in Political Science and obtaining a minor in History. Adding to his academic accomplishments, he holds Master’s degree in Industrial Relations. He was certified as sommelier by the Institut de Tourisme et d’Hôtellerie de Québec in 2010, after completing the two year program.
Having begun his waiter career at the Italian restaurant « Vizio », at 22 years old he became co-owner of Basi Bistro next to the Jean Talon market, until its closing four years later. He afterwards joined the team at fabled farm-to-table Bistro Olivieri (2012-2014) before becoming sommelier at old Montreal’s famed Les 400 Coups in 2015 and then manager in 2017. In the spring of 2018, Jonathan joined Chef Samy Benabed at the newly-renovated Chez l’Épicier as sommelier, manager and Maitre D. Less than a year later, with a month to spare before Chez l’Épicier’s closing, Jonathan arranged for a meeting with chef-owner Dany Bolduc of H4C Place Saint Henri. One month later, Jonathan jumped onboard with the H4C crew, first as sommelier and then as co-owner in the spring of the same year. Since the age of 17, Jonathan has demonstrated a passion for wine.
His role within the Best Restaurant Group is to train the floor staff not only regarding wines as well as the vast cheese selections. Jonathan is also responsible for the bi-monthly H4C Wine Club, where a group of clients who share the same enthusiasm about wine and discovery, get to taste different wines from a particular importer. From modest beginnings, the club is now booked weeks in advance and is soon launching in Toronto.
Fun facts: At age 19, he became responsible for Vizio’s wine list, all the while continuing to expand his knowledge of wine. Since then, his goal has been to transmit his passion to the various clienteles and co-workers he’s been privileged to meet.
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CHEF DE CUISINE + PARTNER
CHEF DE CUISINE
From a very young age, Katelyn showed a real knack & excitement for writing and the creative arts. When she wasn't on the soccer field or the basketball court, you could usually find her scribbling & scratching away in her notebook or sketchbook.
She followed her passion for language & the arts all the way to Wilfred Laurier University where she graduated with a double BA Honours degree in communication studies & french. It was through her intense theoretical & literary studies that she was able to refine her skills in the art of written & verbal communication in Canada's two official languages.
As someone who is hyper-organized & thrives on being detail-oriented, project management comes naturally to Katelyn & she enjoys bringing BRG's visions and brands to life through creative writing, content creation and graphic design. She is not happy until perfection is achieved.
Fun facts: she is a mom to a strong-willed baby girl. She just finished writing and publishing a book with her dad. One time, out of fear of embarrassing herself in front of everyone at a bowling birthday party, she made her parents take her bowling for a few hours beforehand so she could practice - she was 8 years old.