Success started early for Chef Martin, capturing the Award of excellence “Buffet Charbonneau” at La Cité Collégiale. Chef Martin continued this success and was part of the opening team at Brookstreet hotel, where he played a critical role in establishing Perspectives as a four diamond restaurant. Martin’s love for international flavours allowed him to travel to Bangkok, Thailand, where he discovered the essential skills and techniques of Thai cuisine. In 2005, Chef Martin landed in British Columbia where he held progressive positions at Aerie Resort & Spa (Relais & Chateau) and at the Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort & Spa. In 2009, Chef Martin returned to Ottawa as sous-chef of the Ottawa Marriott Hotel, and shortly after, as executive sous-chef to the food and beverage team at the National Art Center. Chef Martin’s creative edge on sourcing local inspired ingredients, coupled with his international perspective on cuisine, is the perfect match to his current role here at Social restaurant and lounge.
Brittany started her career in the hospitality industry as a hostess in a small restaurant at the age of 15. She fell in love with the fast-paced environment, as well as the guest interaction. After graduating high school, she took off to Canada’s East coast for schooling, which landed her a scholarship in Daytona Florida to study Hotel & Restaurant Management. Upon returning home to visit her family, she fell in love with the newly booming food scene in Ottawa. Soon after, she began her career as a manager running the food & beverage program at a private golf course just outside of Ottawa. Upon leaving the golf course, she worked at the Shore Club, a high-end restaurant in downtown Ottawa, managing the Bar & Lounge. After many years of working in Ottawa’s core, she joined the team at Social in March of 2016.
Veronique has worked in restaurants for over fifteen years, starting in a small family owned Italian restaurant in Essex County, and has since then worked in some of Ottawa’s finest restaurants. She has a passion for food and wine, and has continuously developed her education in wine and spirits. Twice, she has attended Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans, and has studied wine through Wine & Spirits Education Trust. Veronique has visited most of Canada’s wine growing regions multiple times, and has a deeper appreciation for Italian wines since attending VinItaly in Spring 2017. She is currently furthering her wine knowledge taking the French and Italian Wine Scholar program.