Meet the Chef
Raimund A. Zyvatkauskas, CCC Executive Chef
An avid gardener and second-generation chef, Chef Raimund Zyvatkauskas is deeply passionate about food and cooking. He believes a great meal requires both quality, natural ingredients and superb craftsmanship. The wide range of menus at Kingbridge reflects the depth and variety of his experience.
He started his career as a teenager working in a boutique hotel, then later apprenticed under Josef von Lanthen, a direct culinary descendant of the great Auguste Escoffier. Raimund went on to become Executive Chef of the largest hotel in the Commonwealth.
Raimund was voted the Greater Toronto Area Chef of the Year by his peers and has won the coveted Best Event of the Year by the prestigious Chaine des Rotisseurs, an internationally renowned society of gourmets dedicated to the fellowship of the table.
Chef Raimund recently chaired the Canadian Culinary Institute and is active on advisory boards for several Colleges. Raimund has mentored many young cooks who have gone on to become successful chefs. He believes in life-long learning and is constantly advancing his own skills through courses and study.
The idyllic natural setting of the Kingbridge Centre provides Raimund with creative inspiration. He serves fiddleheads gathered from the surrounding woods and enjoys showing guests his extensive vegetable and herb garden. He happily shares his culinary experience with guests in team-building culinary experiences.