Hi, I am Chef Louis
In 2007, Louis Charest accepted the position of executive chef at the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General. He is responsible for planning, managing and stocking the kitchen for all ceremonial functions and events offered by the Governor General for heads of State, members of the diplomatic corps, dignitaries, honours recipients and event participants at Rideau Hall, La Citadelle and off-site locations.
Louis Charest was born and raised in Ottawa, Canada, where he graduated with honours from the Culinary Program at Algonquin College in 1991. He completed his apprenticeship at the National Arts Centre in 1993, where he was introduced to fine cuisine on a grand scale under the tutelage of renowned chef Kurt Waldele.
By 1994, Louis had displayed his talents as a chef in several areas of the Canadian government. This included cooking for several high-ranking officials, including two governors general, prime ministers, various United Nations dignitaries, royalty and world leaders.
While working at the prime minister’s residence in 1995, Louis was soon recognized as a very creative young chef and a skilled artist in the industry. It was this creativity and artistry that led him to many victories at regional and international culinary competitions. Louis has an impressive collection of medals, including the World Cup from the 1998 EXPOGAST Culinary World Cup in Luxembourg, and a Team Gold Medal from the IKA‑HOGA 2000 Culinary Olympics as a member of Culinary Team Ontario.