Stephen Treadwell, Chef-Owner
British born, Stephen Treadwell was trained in some of England, Switzerland, and Sweden's finest kitchens. After marrying his wife Sue, he immigrated to Canada bringing his knowledge and experience to the Toronto restaurant scene. From 1988 to 1994, he was Chef de Cuisine at Auberge du Pommier in Toronto, considered one of the finest French restaurants in Canada. After the restaurant was named "Patron's Pick" as "Best Restaurant in Toronto 1994", Stephen left Auberge du Pommier for Niagara-on-the-Lake, becoming Executive Chef at Queen's Landing Inn. Over the next eleven years, Stephen would not only establish the Tiara Dining Room at Queen's Landing Inn as one of the top hotel restaurants in Canada (named "Best Restaurant in Southern Ontario" by Stir Magazine) but would also pioneer the concept of "Niagara Cuisine" with fellow chefs Michael Olsen, Mark Picone and Tony de Luca.
Having built his reputation in the area, as well as numerous relationships with farmers in the region, Stephen opened Treadwell Farm-to-Table Cuisine in 2006. With son James running the wine program, he has built a restaurant which, despite its young age, is considered one of the finest in Canada. Stephen was inducted as a Fellow into the Ontario Hostelry Institute in 2005, named 2009 "Niagara Entrepreneur of the Year" by the Niagara Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, and recently was awarded the 2012 "Gold Award - Chef of the Year" from the Ontario Hostelry Institute.