Executive Team

Great hospitality experiences don’t just happen! From a visit to one of our restaurants, to the over 900 events we host each year across the country, our dedicated team of professionals is passionate about one thing … exceeding our guests expectations!

 

Sebastien Centner

Sebastien Centner

President & CEO
416-964-1162 x-20 |  sebcentner@eatertainment.com

Sebastien is the Director of Eatertainment Hospitality and Eatertainment Special Events & Catering as well as the Founder of JECKL Agency.

Sebastien and his team has spearheaded and seamlessly executed hundreds of events for high-profile clients including Toronto Fashion Week, TIFF, Hugo Boss, Red Bull Air Races, BMW and former President Bill Clinton.

His passion for the event and catering business is evident in his constant presence in the day-to-day operations of Eatertainment Special Events & Catering. Regardless of size, Sebastien is dedicated to ensuring each event and every menu that is served meets the highest standards of service and quality.

Over the past few years, Sebastien has built a reputation as an industry trendsetter, and has become a go-to source for inspiring at-home entertaining concepts. In addition to being the Entertaining Expert for The Marilyn Denis Show, his dinner party concepts have been featured in National Post, Globe and Mail, Catersource Magazine, Homefront, Hello! Magazine, Style at Home, and on The Morning Show, Canada AM & ET Canada – to name a few.

Jackie Brown

Jackie Brown

Director Of Operations
416-964-1162 x-28 | jbrown@eatertainment.com

We have a saying in the hospitality business and that is “Plan everything in advance down to the smallest detail. Absolutely everything!” Because something will still surprise you and when it does, with everything else done, you will be able to deal with it.”

No one person in our organization better exemplifies this than Jackie.

Jackie has been in the hospitality industry for almost twenty years and has worked with Eatertainment for most of her career. Jackie originally joined the company as a manager at one of our restaurant locations, but quickly made the transition to our head office and has grown over the years thanks to her expertise and ability to manage large-scale hospitality operations.

Christopher Matthews

Christopher Matthews

Executive Chef, Catering
cmatthews@eatertainment.com

Inspired by great art and architectural design, Christopher Matthews’ approach to cuisine is all about balance. Christopher creates food, which, in addition to being presented in a contemporary fashion, harmonizes the relationship between great taste, perfect texture and bold colour, while being grounded in the core concepts of Local Food Plus (LFP) and slow food.

Christopher is an industry veteran, having helmed the kitchens of two of Toronto’s largest catering companies for over five years each before joining Eatertainment in 2009. Since his arrival Chris has overseen the development of a new kitchen facility and helped create many of the systems that ensure we can flawlessly execute over 800 events each year. Chris is instrumental in the development of new projects and concepts as he leads the culinary team towards new innovations and cutting-edge cuisine.

Zach Jacobs

Zach Jacobs

Executive Chef, Restaurants
zjacobs@bloorstreetdiner.com

Zach Jacobs leads an amazing team of talented culinary professionals who make our restaurant experiences memorable. Zach’s dedication to local suppliers and ingredients is shown through the mix of seasonal and classic dishes featured at The One Eighty and Bloor Street Diner.

Having helmed the kitchens for Eatertainment for the past seven years, Zach approaches cuisine which an appreciation for developing menus that speak to our core values – innovative yet approachable fine dining.

Rick Steffl

Rick Steffl

General Manager, The Bloor Street Diner
416-928-3105 | rsteffl@bloorstreetdiner.com

Rick Steffl is General Manager of The Bloor Street Diner, bringing two decades of restaurant management experience to making each guest’s visit a memorable one. Rick has been a part of the Eatertainment family for over a decade and is on a first name basis with all our regular patrons!

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Suzanne Dunbar-Saunders

Director of Marketing & PR
416-964-1162 x-30 | sdunbar@eatertainment.com

Suzanne manages all aspects of Marketing & PR for Eatertainment’s hospitality properties, events & catering, and media appearances. With a bachelor of design degree from Ryerson University and experience dabbling in the publishing & fashion industries, Suzanne entered into hospitality in a marketing position with Eatertainment in 2009.  After leaving to pursue other interests, she returned back to us in 2014.

Her strong graphic design & editorial background provide the perfect foundation in her role, which changes day to day, from brand development & marketing materials,  web design & social media to assisting in the development and execution of entertaining concepts on The Marilyn Denis Show and Homefront Magazine.

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Julianna Csiszar

Accounting
julianna@eatertainment.com

When it comes to managing the accounts, suppliers and billings for over 900 events each year, three restaurants and dozens of overseas projects it takes someone very very organized. Julianna, with her team, manages all aspects of Eatertainment’s accounting and bookkeeping.

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Louise Reilly

HR & Audit
lreilly@eatertainment.com

As the original General Manager of Bloor Street Diner when it opened in 1981 Louise is Eatertainment’s most loyal team member. Arriving each morning before 5am (yes 5am!!!) she manages all aspects of human resources and controlling not to mention being the ‘den mother’ to the rest of us!

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Werner Wally

European Director
ww@jeckl.us

As a partner in JECKL Agency Werner manages overseas operations for JECKL out of our European office while also contributing to Eatertainment hospitality projects with his over twenty years of experience in this industry. His European approach to hospitality has influenced our approach to the overall guest experience in our restaurants and at our events.