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MONTREAL, MAY 14, 2013 – As an ode to where his culinary career began, Top Chef Canada contestant Danny Smiles will take a break from the competition to return to St. Pius X Culinary Institute (9955 Papineau) on Wednesday, May 15 at 7:15 p.m. to be the guest speaker at the graduation ceremony. 

“I went to St. Pius X and studied under Chef Robert and Chef Otto,” said Smiles. “When I went into cooking school, I was washing dishes at the time to make extra money. They really helped to guide me and that’s when I knew that’s what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.”

“I learned a lot at St. Pius X. The school provided me with the foundation that I still use today,” he added. “Even some of the things you believe might be unnecessary, you think they might be old techniques, and you do not know when you would use it - at the end of the day, I still use it all in my kitchen. The teachers really instilled in me a good knowledge and a strong foundation.”

Since leaving St. Pius X Culinary Institute, Danny Smiles worked his way up the culinary ladder from Sous Chef to Head Chef at Le Bremner, a restaurant owned by Celebrity Chef Chuck Hughes. While working at one of the hottest restaurants in Montreal is a feat for any chef, Danny decided to take his career one step further and audition for Top Chef Canada.

Through 10 episodes, he is still in the running to be Top Chef Canada.

“When things got more serious either in the kitchen or on the show, I do not get nervous. I get more and more excited than anything else,” he said. “That’s the thing about being a chef, it’s about working under pressure and I approached it the same way as I would approach my kitchen.”

“I never sit down and think about it [My success],” he added. “The minute you do that, you’re failing.”


Michael J. Cohen
Communications and Marketing Specialist
English Montreal School Board
Tel: (514) 483-7200 ext. 7243
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