Nick Benninger - Stratford Chefs School
Nick Benninger


Nick Benninger

Nick found his calling to become a Chef at the age of 16 working at a summer camp in northern Ontario. He fell in love with the kitchen and cooking and since then has “rooted” his career in many of the philosophes he learned in that first encounter with food service.  After attending George Brown College Nick completed his apprenticeship working at kitchens throughout Ontario and finally settling back down in his hometown of Kitchener-Waterloo.

In 2008 Nick opened Uptown 21 with his wife Natalie and in 2013 the couple went on to open Taco Farm. Uptown 21 has been included in Where to Eat Canada every year since it opened, and recently Taco Farm was featured on the television show You Gotta Eat Here!

In 2016 Nick added two landmark restaurants: Marbles Restaurant and Harmony Lunch to the portfolio of kitchens that he is managing in uptown Waterloo. He is currently hard at work with the reopening of Harmony Lunch, a family diner with over 86 years of history, and can’t wait to bring back its iconic hamburger to hungry customers!   

Nick has twice appeared on the Food Network, and in 2013 his contribution to the culinary community was recognized in Waterloo Region Record’s annual 40 under 40.  

An early adopter and leader in the local food movement, Nick is proud to showcase the cornucopia of great ingredients and produce found right here in Waterloo Region.

Appetite for Words: A Literary Festival with a Culinary Twist

October 27-29th, 2017

Celebrating Canadian Culinary Writing with literary-themed dinners, farm lunches, tasting, reading, author meet and greets, book signings, culinary writing and food photography workshops. 

In partnership with DigiWriting Book Marketing Agency

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