TASTE MAKER: ELBERT WIERSEMA, ELEMENTS ON THE FALLSBorn in Holland executive chef Elbert Wiersema has rounded out his resume in restaurants all over the globe including Paris, London and Bermuda. His love and passion for the local were fostered during his time as a purchaser in the Rungis market in Paris. It was here he started to understand the importance of fresh local produce that is in season. Elbert has a strong philosophy on local tastes. “Tastes are not trendy, they are local and specific. The countries, locations, regions are variable but locally sourced food is constant regardless of where you travel.” he said “This makes a unique culinary world, there is no such thing as I’ve seen it all”. Because of his globe-trotting career Elbert has a variety of tastes of place. In Niagara, where he is currently living and working at Feast ON certified Elements on the Falls, Elbert’s taste of place is in between the fruit and wine vineyards growing organic fruits and vegetables to use in the restaurant.
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