About the Chef

Adrian Forte is a professional chef, restaurateur and TV personality based in Toronto, Canada. His passion for all things food brings out the best in every dish he creates. His experience in the culinary industry has paved a clear road of excellence in restaurant management and menu development. 

Adrian has worked with and consulted for some of the most notable restaurant establishments in Toronto. From conceptualizing some of the most buzz-worthy burger joints - Gangster Burger, becoming the Chef De Cuisine and (Former) Co-Founder at The Dirty Bird Chicken & Waffles, developing the menu at Aunty Lucy's Burgers, and most recently, created YAWD, a Modern Caribbean pop-up. Adrian is no stranger to discovering new food trends and bringing them to fruition.

With two grandmothers as chefs who owned and operated a restaurant in his native home of Kingston, Jamaica, helping out in the kitchen has always been part of his early life. With his family at the helm of the Jamaican restaurant industry, it became second nature for him to pursue his passion for cooking as his inevitable career. 

It's the mosaic of flavours, histories and recipes that make him a contemporary chef in the truest sense; creating delicious harmonies with local ingredients, time-honoured techniques, and traditions from far away.

Adrian has appeared on Food Network's Top Chef Canada, Chef in Your Ear, Chef in Your Ear Junior, Chopped Canada, Netflix's Restaurants on The Edge, Hogtown BBQ on Bell, as well as several noted national television appearances demonstrating his skill and creativity.

He has been featured in National Post, Toronto Star, Toronto Life, Best New Restaurant Openings in Toronto on blogTO, voted NOW Magazine's Best New Chef, named Best Sandwich Shop in Toronto by Notable.ca, and chosen as Best New Restaurant for Fried Chicken in Toronto by blogTO. Forte has done a good job of crafting his brand and aligning himself with some prestigious brand partnerships with Four Seasons Hotel + Cafe Boulud, Nike, Hennessy, Roots, OVO (October's Very Own), Paderno Kitchenware, Dairy Farmers of Ontario, Kitchenaid, Food & Wine Magazine and the Barbados Tourism Board.