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Jamie Kennedy Signs on as Executive Chef of Duggan’s Brewpub

The award-winning chef and his team will oversee menu development at the new Parkdale location.

To the excitement of foodies and beer lovers citywide, brewmaster Michael Duggan revealed today that Jamie Kennedy will serve as executive chef of the new Duggan’s brewpub in Parkdale, which is set to open this fall.

The Governor General’s Award-winning chef has been a fixture in Toronto’s culinary scene for 35 years, and his work includes several current projects under the Jamie Kennedy Kitchens banner, including Gilead, a Corktown cafe and wine bar.

As reported this morning by Greg Clow of Canadian Beer News, Jamie Kennedy Kitchens will oversee menu development and staffing at the brewpub, where the focus will be on Kennedy’s trademark “fresh and local” mantra. There will be a soft launch in September for the new location at 1346 Queen Street West, with a grand opening to follow in October.

This is the latest development in what has been a big month for Toronto’s beer scene. Calgary-based Big Rock Brewery recently announced plans to set up shop at 60 Atlantic Avenue in Liberty Village early next year; and the owners of Stout Irish Pub, on Carlton Street, revealed that Louis Cifer Brew Works, which will feature 26 taps and house-brewed root beer, is currently under construction at 417 Danforth Avenue, with a mid-September opening planned.