Meet Chef Alex
A local of St Catharines, Chef Alex Barron found the kitchen at a young age working with a local catering company. During his final high school years, he really started focusing on building a culinary career. After completing the Apprenticeship Preparation Course offered by a local high school, it seemed only natural to continue in studying at the Niagara Culinary Institute. The program offered a travel and work opportunity and Alex chose to make his move West, to Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta to work at the historic Kilmorey Lodge. He returned to Niagara to complete his training at Niagara Culinary Institute but then returned to the West Coast where he called Vancouver Island home for ten years.
In the spring of 2017 Alex returned to Ontario and joined the 13th Street Winery team as the winery’s Chef. Having spent most of his time training in hotels and resorts, a winery was a natural progression for a young chef seeking a rewarding challenge.
When asked why he relocated back to Niagara, he simply responds, ” Aside from my family, I’m just home to dig up my roots and stir the pot.”