Stev George • Stratford Chefs School
Stev George

Stev George

Canadian Guest Chef 2022 | Olivea (Kingston), Riva (Gananoque) | Class of 1995

Chef and restaurateur Stev George is a Kingston, Ontario native. After completing a degree at McGill University, Stev attended the Stratford Chefs School where his focus on locally sourced ingredients began.

From his first job as a dishwasher at Chez Piggy to his latest accomplishments as Chef owner of Olivea Restaurant in Kingston and Riva Restaurant in Gananoque, he has been passionate about food and hospitality. At Olivea Stev has lead the team to create authentic classic Italian dishes using fresh local food. Each year he takes the staff on a tour of Italy so they can experience the warm hospitality of Italy and learn how good simple flavours can be.

Riva, his latest restaurant, brings him back to Gananoque where he started his first restaurant Casa Bella in 2001. Stev is married to Deanna Harrington, his business partner, also a graduate of the Stratford Chefs School. The couple run their restaurants with the help of their three children Olivia, Bella and Harry.

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Innovative, World-class Program*

Our unique program model is method-based, hands-on, experiential, work-integrated learning, safely adapted to Covid-19 protocols.

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An enriched, immersive curriculum with exceptional standards and small classes. Collaborative, experiential learning through practical classes, Dinner Labs, and Dinners To Go, with strict adherence to Public Health requirements.

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Our approachable Chef Instructors and Guest Chefs bring diverse experience and culinary backgrounds to our collaborative, real-world learning environment.

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Profits are reinvested into our program and facilities; fundraising helps keep tuition costs realistic.


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