CN Tower names John Morris as executive chef

Pop Goes The News — Toronto’s iconic CN Tower is getting a new food boss for the first time in 15 years.

John Morris is set to take over as Executive Chef of the tower’s restaurants later this month, replacing Peter George.

A native of Scotland, Morris grew up in Ontario and started his culinary career at the Kananaskis Lodge in Alberta. He followed with stints at Ottawa’s Brookstreet Hotel and at Caesars Windsor.

Morris was executive sous chef at the Marriott Hotel in Ottawa before moving to the National Arts Centre (NAC) in 2009. He was appointed executive chef in June 2013.

The NAC announced last Friday that Feb. 12 will be Morris’ final day in the kitchen there. (Executive sous chef Martin Levesque will serve as acting executive chef.)

“Chef Morris has a wonderful talent for creating imaginative cuisine,” NAC president and CEO Peter Herrndorf said in a release.

“He has greatly contributed to our efforts to grow the NAC’s reputation as an outstanding food destination in the National Capital Region. And we truly appreciated the way he mentored younger members of the NAC kitchen team.”

Morris will be responsible for the CN Tower’s 400-seat 360 The Restaurant as well as Horizons Restaurant, Le Café and the attraction’s special events catering.

George, a graduate of George Brown College, was executive sous chef at the Fairmont Royal York prior to assuming the same role at the CN Tower’s 360 Restaurant in 1995. He was promoted to executive chef in 2000.