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!
Founder & Creative Director
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Sebastien Centner is the Creative Director of Eatertainment Hospitality & Eatertainment Special Events & Catering. Eatertainment has created and continues to operate some of Toronto’s most celebrated (and celebrity-frequented) restaurants including The One Eighty.
Sebastien launched Eatertainment Special Events & Catering, which has grown to be one of Canada’s top event planning and catering companies and was awarded ‘Best Caterer in Canada’ by the Canadian Event Industry Association. Currently Eatertainment hosts over 900 events each year in Canada and the US. Sebastien has spearheaded and seamlessly executed hundreds of events for high-profile clients including Red Bull, TIFF, Hugo Boss, BMW and Porsche. Sebastien has also had the privilege of hosting events for such public figures as Martha Stewart, President Bill Clinton and Brad Pitt, to name a few.
Sebastien is also the founder of Jeckl Agency – an extension of Eatertainment that hosts events around the globe. Whether planning a fairytale million $ plus wedding (complete with 6 week structure build overlooking the lake), launching the new BMW M3 & M4 with a 10 week program including laps of the formula 1 track in Istanbul, hosting a corporate retreat complete with cage-diving with great whites in South Africa, or travelling with friends to Art Basel in Miami or Art Friese in New York, Sebastien has seen it all and managed every aspect of the logistics to pull of the most complex of events anywhere in the world.
Recognized as an ‘Entertaining Expert’ and media personality, Sebastien’s concepts, recipes and lavish events have been featured in Hello! Magazine, EnRoute, Style at Home, Toronto Fashion, The National Post, The Globe & Mail, Toronto Sun, House & Home, among others. He currently is a contributing editor to Homefront Magazine. Additionally, Sebastien appears regularly on The Marilyn Denis Show sharing his entertaining tips & tricks and has also been seen on The Morning Show, ET Canada and Canada AM.
Director Of Operations
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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 over 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.
Executive Chef, Catering
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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.
Sous Chef, Catering
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Kris Rushton is our Catering Sous Chef, a position which supports the Executive Chef in planning, prepping and executing over 800 events annually. Kris spent most of his childhood alongside his mother and grandmother making wine and cooking with his Italian babysitters.
Kris’ culinary education took him across Europe, apprenticing in kitchen in Italy and France while also learning butchery and fish mongering. Returning to Toronto, Kris worked at Le Select Bistro where he honed his skills in French cuisine, then Crush Wine Bar and Scaramouche under the tutelage of renowned chef Keith Froggett.
It wasn’t until Kris spent a few years in Costa Rica catering for a crowd of Hollywood elite that he truly fell in love with the catering aspect of the culinary craft. Developing menus for broad ranges of palettes and working through the logistics of managing varied budgets for events as large as 4,000 guests, was where Kris eventually found his ‘forever home’ with Eatertainment.
Executive Chef, The One Eighty
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.
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.
Director of Marketing & PR
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Suzanne manages all aspects of Marketing & PR for The One Eighty, Events & Catering, and media opportunities. 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, website design & art direction for photoshoots to assisting in the production and execution of entertaining concepts on The Marilyn Denis Show.
Social Media Manager
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Joanna is an Irish native and adopted Londoner living in Toronto. Her passions have always been in the creative arts where she enjoys making fun, informative and engaging content for both traditional and digital outlets.
Accounts Payable & Reconciliations
When it comes to managing the accounts, suppliers and billings for over 900 events each year plus our restaurant The One Eighty, it takes someone very organized and Julianna has proven over the past 13 years to be the woman for the job! Julianna manages accounts payable and reconciliations for our group of companies.
HR & Audit
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, invoicing and accounts receivable for The One Eighty and Eatertainment.