Meet Executive Chef Christina Sheardown – Duntroon Highlands Café
Duntroon Highlands Golf Club has been a favourite place for locals and visitors to experience since it was transformed from farmland to parkland-style golf in 1986. It has become one of the most popular golf courses in the region with its breathtaking views of South Georgian Bay, dramatic landscape features and relaxed atmosphere.
The clubhouse and café have recently undergone a bright new facelift and we had the opportunity to sit down with their new Executive Chef, Christina Sheardown to find out more about her, future plans and what guests can expect.
Christina has worked in the food and beverage industry for the past 21 years, received her formal culinary training at Cambrian College in Sudbury and achieved her Red Seal Chef designation from the Ontario College of Trades. Originally she had aspired to become a teacher, but was introduced to the restaurant scene when she was 13 years old and baby sat for the owners of a local restaurant in Wasaga Beach. She really enjoyed the opportunity to work at several local restaurants through various co-op placements during high school, each time learning different techniques and execution methods from some of the region’s best chefs.
Being the eldest of seven children has given Christina a lot of time in the home kitchen and she’s a big fan of sauces. “I enjoy the process of building layers of flavor and complexity….little touches that can highly elevate any dish that you’re presenting. I also love to bake bread because like sauces, you can go for sweet or savory with unlimited options. We’ll be doing a lot of baking at the café and using different local ingredients as they come into season.”
Guests can enjoy a dine-in experience at the café on the spacious patio overlooking challenging greens, pop by the Caddy Shack and take advantage of their express service for snacks, sandwiches and beverages, or try their new Café to Go service offering pick-up or delivery of meal kits, snacks and beverages including wine, local beers and ciders.
The importance of farm to table and supporting local producers is an integral part of the plan at Duntroon Highlands Cafe. “Supply chains have become stressed and when you source locally, you create a more robust supply chain because you’re supporting local businesses.” Christina is proud to support local producers like Miller’s Daily, 4M Farms, Top Shelf Mushrooms and Meester’s Farm to name a few.
We had the opportunity to do a little taste testing on our visit and can’t say enough great things about the Harvarti Local Mushroom Melt and in-house Onion Rings served with Cheesy Beer Dip made with Black Bellows Stout. Be careful…once you’ve tasted these, you might have a hard time stopping.
In her downtime, Christina has enjoyed extensive global travel, is an avid gammer and is passionate about her enjoyment of old and new world wines.