Warren M Sutherland is the Chef/Partner of The Piggy Market and Slice & Co and Chef/Owner of WMS Hospitality Catering in Ottawa, Ontario. Born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, he started cooking at a young age, frequently running home from school to watch cooking shows such as “Pasquale’s Kitchen Express”, “Yan Can cook”, “The Galloping Gourmet with Graham Kerr” and “Great Chefs”. After studying Electrical Engineering at Michigan State University, and working for a year in the field at Bombardier Mass Transit, Warren realized that his true passion was in cooking; he enrolled in The New England Culinary Institute and never looked back.
After culinary school, Warren did stints in kitchens including Abigael’s on Broadway under Jeff Nathan, Chanterelles in New York under David Waltuck, Tarbell’s in Scottsdale, Arizona under Mark Tarbell, and held a position as sous Chef at the Post and Beam Café in Vermont. He then moved to Ottawa to become Head Chef of Sweetgrass Aboriginal Bistro in Ottawa. It was during his time at Sweetgrass that Warren met and hired Dave Neil as Sous Chef, who would soon become his business partner in The Piggy Market, a gourmet butchery and local produce store in the Westboro neighbourhood of Ottawa. Warren left the helm at Sweetgrass to open his first restaurant and was the creative force behind the design, menu, name and brand that was to become The SmoQue Shack. While at the SmoQue Shack Warren had the opportunity to partner with creators and owners of several other Ottawa based businesses - Junxion Public House and The Standard Luxury Tavern - to open Slice & Co, a funky gourmet pizzeria. Warren has recently parted ways with the SmoQue Shack to build his dream restaurant, SUTHERLAND Restaurant, Bar and Coffee House. He is also currently offering private catering for small private events, large corporate functions, and everything in between. Warren has maintained long standing relationships with local farmers and producers through his restaurants and the Piggy Market, and has always been a long standing supporter of local product.
Warren has sought opportunities for travel throughout the world to further hone his craft, taking time to sample and study local cuisine in diverse areas. Recent excursions have seen Warren eating street food in Columbia, working in Michelin starred restaurants in San Francisco, and touring the top tapas restaurants in Barcelona. These experiences, as well as the seventeen years Warren has worked in and owned restaurants, have come together to create SUTHERLAND.
Warren’s carefully cultivated recipes have resulted features in two cook books: “You Gotta Eat Here Too”, and the coming soon “Ottawa Cooks”, and have led for requests to appear on several television programmes. Warren has been a guest chef for CTV, Rogers Television, and The Food Network. Locally, Warren has been a featured chef in Ottawa’s Gold Medal Plates (2009), taught culinary classes at Algonquin College and the LCBO and has received many accolades, including Best New Restaurant 2002, Where Magazine and Top 10 Best Restaurants 2012, Ottawa Magazine.
Warren is father to an amazing girl.