Claudio Aprile

Chef and Restaurateur/MasterChef Canada Judge

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Claudio Aprile

Claudio Aprile is the owner and creative force behind the growing Orderfire Restaurant Group which includes Toronto’s acclaimed Origin brand restaurants. Aprile was born in Uruguay, grew up in Toronto, and has travelled, lived, and worked internationally. He has spent his professional life in kitchens working through the ranks from dishwasher and donut cook to executive chef and restaurateur.

Throughout his 30+ year career, Aprile has passed through some of the most renowned kitchens around the globe. His stint at Bali Sugar in London earned him outstanding reviews as a young executive chef. On returning to Toronto in 2000, Aprile cemented that reputation at Senses in Toronto, where he wowed critics and diners alike with his innovative use of experimental cooking techniques.

Aprile’s first restaurant, Colborne Lane, opened to immediate success. Colborne Lane was lauded as one of the best restaurants in the world, and Aprile was named one of the most innovative chefs working in Canada. Central to Aprile’s success is his dedication to creativity, and drive to expertly deliver the unexpected. With Colborne Lane offering beautifully crafted, precisely plated cuisine, he switched gears with Origin restaurant. Opening in 2008, Origin offered fast, fresh, and accessible food, delivered to guests sitting right across from the chef in the open kitchen. Origin restaurant now has three separate locations throughout Toronto, and Aprile has created a brand of cuisine recognizable by expertly crafted, counterintuitive culinary combinations.

Aprile currently lives in Richmond Hill with his wife and collaborator, Heather, and their two children.


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