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jon svazas - Chef & Owner

Jon has spent the last 12 years working in kitchens all over Ottawa including Taylor’s Genuine Food and Wine, Domus Cafe, Farbs, Vittoria Trattoria and the Arc Hotel. Jon is happiest in the kitchen and hanging out with his family. He has spent the last two years on the insane process of opening the restaurant and is happy to be open and cooking for you.

Billy Khoo - Chef de Cuisine & partner

Billy was born in Malaysia and raised in Ottawa. He started his culinary career very young from helping out in the kitchen of his parents restaurant. At a local hotel, he worked his way up from dishwashing to sous chef. He then went on to pursue his passion of fresh and local produce at Taylor's Genuine food and wine bar where he met Jon Svazas and Doug Parsonage. Billy utilizes culinary techniques from his asian background as well as from french training from the hotel. In his few hours off, Billy enjoys film and wine with friends.

Alex McMahon - wine director

Alex McMahon’s interest in restaurants began in 2009 when he took a job as a dishwasher at Murray Street Kitchen, Wine and Charcuterie in Ottawa. After a brief stint in the kitchen at John Taylor’s Domus café he moved along to Beckta Dining and Wine where he got his start in hospitality and developed a love for wine. McMahon’s next position was as assistant sommelier at Back Lane café where he worked under sommelier Paul Tretina and owner George Monsour. After achieving his intermediate and advanced sommelier certificates from the WSET Alex took sales jobs with Karlo Estates and Malivoire Winery where he worked up until leaving to help open Chef Matt Carmichael’s hugely popular El Camino in 2013. Shortly after opening fauna in 2014 Alex was invited to intern at Chef René Redzepi's Noma in Copenhagan DK.