We are lucky to be working in an industry that we love and with people who share our passion for food and events.
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.
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.
Stephen & Maryone Centner
In the late seventies in Toronto the restaurant scene was dim and interesting dining options were scarce. But then Stephen & Maryvone Centner set out to change things. As a husband and wife team they created Eatertainment and have since brought to life some of the cities most iconic restaurants including The Bloor Street Diner, Panorama Lounge, Café Des Copains, Bermuda Onion, Markelangelo’s, Les Copains and Bottom Line.
Their passion for this business was passed on to their two sons; Sebastien who leads Eatertainment today as President and CEO, and Olivier, who has built one of the largest digital menubox networks in North America, Digital Menu Box, with over 4,000 menu boxes currently operating in six countries.
Still active in the business to this day, Stephen and Maryvone started something very special which the Eatertainment family – which now numbers in the hundreds – plans on continuing for many many years to come.