InterContinental Toronto Centre is a prime venue in the city with all the tools you need to create a great event. It’s got a lot of perks to make your stay enjoyable. It offers 18,000 sq. ft. of event space for a variety of functions including business meetings, conferences, wedding receptions, and social events – with 19 meeting rooms. The Ballroom accommodates a reception of up to 600 people, and 350 for a seated dinner. It also has two private dining rooms. But on top of that, the culinary experience is top-notch and overseen by a Master in his field, yes a Master!

The only Master Chef in Canada to be working in a hotel, Shawn Whalen is InterContinental Toronto Centre’s Executive Chef. In this role he elevates the hotel’s food and beverage offerings to a worry free culinary experience; which is a major benefit to the business events scene given the hotel’s prime location directly attached to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

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Chef Shawn Whalen is a Toronto native with a career spanning more than 30 years, working and training in hotels and restaurants throughout the city, and eventually would become the youngest chef to ear the Certified Chef de Cuisine designation. His successful career includes ample culinary awards from gold medals to trophies. Today, he continues to successfully thrive in his career as one of only five Chefs in Canada to receive the prestigious Certified Master Chef (CMC) designation.

A good meal is one of life’s biggest pleasures. This won’t be news to anyone, but an excellent dish that is expertly prepared is not only satisfying, it can be unforgettable. Providing a guest, client or meeting attendee with an experience that they are likely to gush about to their friends and colleagues is a great way to cause excitement. Word of mouth goes a long way. Word of plate can go even further! 

InterContinental Toronto Centre is well versed on the importance of great cuisine and the impact it has on event planning. And amazingly, they’re equipped with the best of the best, one of Canada’s top chefs: Executive Chef Shawn Whalen.

The CMC professional designation under the Canadian Culinary Institute (CCI) is the highest attainable culinary designation in Canada.  The CMC professional designation is the newest certification under the CCI and also the highest attainable culinary designation in Canada.

The program has been developed by industry Master Chefs and faculty from the Canadian Centre of Culinary Arts & Science at Humber College. It’s recognized by Destination Canada and Human Resource Council with a network of partnering agencies and associations throughout Canada.

All chefs must be extremely skilled and well-rounded in a multitude of areas within the culinary arts to receive the certification. Chef Whalen completed the program over a seven-year time period with intense examinations in areas including: garde-manger, baking, gastronomic with wine pairing and nutritional vegetarian lunch menu. Not only are the candidates tested on taste, composition and presentation, but also nutritional balance and overall healthiness of the dishes.

An award-winning Master Chef serving up delicious cuisine? Check. A prime location in Toronto’s Financial District, connected to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre? Check. Luxury amenities? Check.

Intercontinental Toronto Centre offers the tools, amenities and offerings for spectacular events at your fingertips. And most importantly, every great event starts with a great culinary experience. Bon Appétit!