Blackie leaves NAC to pursue business TV opportunities

After three years Michael Blackie has announced that he is leaving his post at Le Café at the National Arts Centre.

He is moving ahead with plans for his own business which is known as MB Cuisine and will be expanding his work on television, a news release from the NAC says.

Blackie has brought Celebrity Chefs and the Gold Medal Plates competition to the NAC. He has also authored some great meals for signature events such as the NAC Gala, the Governor General Performing Arts Awards and the recently hosted Genie Awards).

Blackie has appeared on several Food Network programs including as the host of Chef Off. He has also appeared on Top Chef Canada.

Blackie has won numerous awards including:

• The 2006 winner of the National Gold Medal Plates culinary competition

• The 2007 silver medalist at the National Gold Medal Plates culinary competition

• The 2009 silver medalist at the Gold Medal Plates culinary competition

• The 2011 people’s choice award at the Great Canadian Cheese Festival

• The 2012 people’s choice award (tied) at the Great Canadian Cheese Festival

Blackie was born in Britain and raised in Montreal. He worked in Asia notably at the Oberoi hotel in Bali and across North America.

Before joining the NAC, Blackie was executive chef at Perspectives at the Brookstreet Hotel.

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