Lord Elgin Hotel

Lord Elgin Hotel
Grill 41

Grill 41

February 09, 2011 16:45 ET

The Lord Elgin Hotel Announces New Chef at Grill 41

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 9, 2011) -

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Bringing new culinary flair to one of Canada's most historic hotels, Chef Brian Vallipuram will join the new Grill 41 at The Lord Elgin Hotel as Executive Chef. With a top notch pedigree, having helmed such venerable restaurants as Mark McEwen's North 44 and his own Axcess Restaurant, Chef Vallipuram offers his own deft touch to a menu of interest to locavores featuring what he calls "grown up comfort food."

"Chef Vallipuram brings with him an impressive list of accomplishments and a wealth of experience that we are thrilled to have at Grill 41," said David Smythe, General Manager, Lord Elgin. "We are proud of the new space and the locally-inspired menu at the restaurant and know that Chef Vallipuram will continue to raise the standard bringing our guests an incredible dining experience."

Named in recognition of the year the landmark downtown Ottawa hotel was built, Grill 41 features a Canadian-inspired menu created in collaboration with well-known Food Network star and best-selling cookbook author, Chef Michael Smith. Grill 41 is ideally situated in the heart of downtown Ottawa, directly across from Confederation Park and the National Arts Centre and just steps away from the Rideau Canal. Grill 41 is the perfect rendezvous for hotel guests and Ottawa residents alike, offering an array of fresh, sophisticated comfort food. House specialties include a Tarte Flambée with a selection of toppings such as Ontario smoked bacon and smoked apple wood cheddar, Quebec Oka Cheese Nachos with the option of a lobster topping, Canadian Charcuterie Platter and Grill 41 Poutine with duck confit.

"It is a pleasure to be in the country's beautiful capital city at one of the most historic landmark hotels," said Chef Vallipuram. "Grill 41 is an exciting new addition to Ottawa's dining scene. I'm proud to be a part of the team and look forward to providing guests with a wonderfully fresh and unexpected culinary experience."

Celebrity Chef Michael Smith has provided the table d'hôte menu at Grill 41 with a sampling of his favourite flavours. The selection includes the Chef's famed Chowder, with PEI mussels, lobster, scallops and whitefish, Grilled Rib Eye with rosemary mushroom gravy and Just-baked Molten Dark Chocolate Cake. A portion of the proceeds from these dishes is donated to the Ottawa Food Bank. Chef Michael Smith will visit Grill 41 on March 9, 2011 to host a culinary event.

Chef Brian Vallipuram

Sri Lankan-born Chef, Brian Vallipuram began his Canadian career at Oliver's Bistro in Toronto in 1987 followed by a position at Mark McEwan's prestigious North 44, where he remained for 9 years first at Sous Chef and then as Executive Chef. In 1999 Chef Vallipuram ventured out on his own to open Axcess Restaurant which was recognized at one of Toronto's top ten fine dining restaurants and won Vallipuram many Canadian Fine Food Awards. Axcess Restaurant eventually outgrew its space and moved to become 1055 Restaurant and Catering, again recognized as one of Toronto's top fine dining restaurants. As a proprietor, Chef Vallipuram supported and participated in a number of charity events, raising funds for Red Cross for the Tsunami Relief, the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB), Toronto Child Abuse Centre and The Heart and Stroke Foundation. Since then, Vallipuram has gained experience as Head Chef at the impressive White Witch Restaurant at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Rose Hall, Jamaica and as Resort Executive Chef for Panorama Resort in Panorama, British Columbia. 

About the Lord Elgin Hotel

A prominent landmark hotel in downtown Ottawa, The Lord Elgin Hotel features 355 well appointed guest rooms and 13,000 square feet of meeting and conference space just steps away from The Capital's Parliament Hill. Located at 100 Elgin Street at Laurier Avenue, across from Confederation Park, The Lord Elgin was built in 1941 by the Ford Hotel Company, the twelve-story limestone structure was named after James Bruce, 8th Earl of Elgin, the first Governor General of the United Canadas. The tenth Prime Minister of Canada, William Lyon Mackenzie King, played an instrumental role in the design of the building and laid a cornerstone that can still be viewed at the entrance of the hotel.

The Lord Elgin Hotel is just a short walk away from some of the capital's most significant landmarks including Parliament Hill, the Rideau Canal, the National Gallery of Canada, the Byward Market, the National War Memorial, the U.S. Embassy, the National Arts Centre, and the Rideau Centre.www.lordelginhotel.ca

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