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Global Tastes International Food Night

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The Canada Agriculture and Food Museum has teamed up with the Festival of India, who are proud to bring you Chef Joe Thottungal.

For more information on the Festival of India, visit their website: www.festivalofindiaottawa.org.

Doors open at 5:45 p.m.

Joe Thottungal

Joe Thottungal was born in the State of Kerala in South India. He received his Hotel Management and Catering Diploma from a culinary institute in nearby Madras, and began his career with the five star property of Leela Kempinski in Mumbai, as a Kitchen Executive Trainee. He then moved to Saudi Arabia to take a Chef de Partie position at the 5 star exclusive Oasis resort under the guidance of Chef John R. Stevens and Chef Goivanni Telles.

In 1998, he immigrated to Canada. Joe started his Canadian culinary journey at Centro Bar and Grill in Toronto and then moved on to the Royal York Hotel to work under their famous Master Chef, George McNeil, CMC. After completing two years at the Royal York, he pursued an opportunity at the newly opened Park Hyatt Hotel and helped to open the new Annona Restaurant as a Sous Chef.

His career progressed further when he accepted to be appointed at the Windsor Casino as Restaurant Chef at Café Cache. While working at the Windsor Casino, he received and accepted an opportunity to work with Chef Wilhiem Wetscher, CCC at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Ottawa as a Restaurant Chef. He was quickly promoted to Executive Sous Chef. While working at the Crowne Plaza he also completed his Chef de Cuisine certification from SAIT Calgary and became a Certified Chef de Cuisine in May 2003.

His passion for cooking and serving guests gave birth to the Coconut Lagoon Restaurant. This is his own venture where he displays his talents and showcases the exclusive cuisine of Kerala with a modern twist. The Coconut Lagoon is the first of its kind in the nation’s capital. After opening its doors in May 2004, the Coconut Lagoon received many positive reviews and became the talk of the town. Joe and the Coconut Lagoon were recently featured in the widely acclaimed book “Ottawa Cooks”, and in 2015 was invited to participate in the prestigious Gold Medal Plate competition where he won the bronze medal. In 2016, Joe’s dishes were awarded the gold medal. In 2017 he won Silver Medal at the Canadian Culinary Competition held at Kelowna, B.C.


Global Tastes International Food Night dates :

  • March 23 — Turkey
  • April 20 — Trinidad and Tobago
  • May 25 — India
  • June 22 — Ukraine
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