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Stephen Beckta, Owner
Stephen Beckta is proprietor of Gezellig, along with it's sister restaurants Play food & wine and Beckta dining & wine, three of Ottawa’s premier fine dining restaurants. After graduating with honours from Algonquin College’s Sommelier program, Stephen departed Ottawa to hone his skills in New York City for four years with the top players in the restaurant industry. Stephen started at Café Boulud working for the celebrated chef, Daniel Boulud, followed by two years with renowned restaurateur Danny Meyer at Eleven Madison Park before returning to his native city. Stephen has been named Top Independent Restaurateur in Ontario by the Ontario Hostelry Institute (2007), won the Bill Joe Restaurateur of the Year Award by the Ontario Restaurant Association in 2011, nominated for the Ontario Premier’s Awards in Business twice (2006, 2010), named one of Ottawa’s Top 40 under 40 by the Ottawa Business Journal (2008) and Algonquin College’s Alumni of the year (2010). He sits on the board with the Ottawa Boys and Girls Club and is driven to spread great hospitality to Ottawa's dining public.
Clay Cardillo, Director of Operations
Clay Cardillo is the Director of Operations for gezellig, as well as for its sister restaurants Play food & wine and Beckta dining & wine. Clay completed the Algonquin Culinary Program in 1998 before becoming the Sous Chef for LeMetro in Ottawa. From there Clay worked in the kitchens of the NAC and The Keg,and was soon promoted within The Keg to open restaurants as Kitchen Manager. He began to find that while he got into the business to work with food and wine, he enjoyed working with the people in the restaurants as much as the product. Before long, Clay was recruited by SirCorp, then a small Canadian restaurant corporation, to be the opening Kitchen Manager and then General Manager for a number of restaurants throughout Southern Ontario. After 9 years and soon after the birth of his first child, Clay left SirCorp to become Business Development Manager at Cara, where he helped owners develop their people and restaurants. In 2012, Clay joined the Beckta family of restaurants as Director of Operations of Beckta dining & wine, Play food & wine and gezellig, where he is happy to fulfill his passion for building business by driving hospitality.
Michael Moffatt, Executive Chef / Partner
Michael Moffatt is the Executive Chef of gezellig, and its critically acclaimed sister restaurants Beckta dining & wine and Play food & wine. Michael’s cuisine has been described as “consistently inventive and delicious." He spent many years working in renowned kitchens including The River Café, one of New York’s most iconic restaurants, as well as the CAA 5 Diamond Award winning kitchen at the Rimrock Resort in Banff, AB. Michael is a proud Algonquin College Culinary Arts Graduate and now chairs the Advisory Board for Algonquin's Culinary program. Michael began his tenure at Beckta as Sous-Chef in 2003, before taking over the reins as Chef in 2006. He then moved to the role of Executive Chef and Partner for the Beckta family of restaurants with the opening of Play in 2009. As Executive Chef for both Play and Beckta, he became Ottawa's only 2 time winner of Gold Medal Plates for the years 2007 and 2010. In 2012, Michael was thrilled to bring his award wining talents to the neighborhood dining Westboro with the opening if Gezellig.