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Shahir Massoud to HOST Chef Susur Lee at TIFF Food on Film a Delicious 3 part film series

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Shahir Massoud – HOST Profile:

Shahir Massoud is the current co-host on CBC’s The Goods. After graduating from York University’s Schulich School of Business, Shahir Massoud decided to pursue his true passion and move to New York City to enroll in the famed French Culinary Institute. While in New York, he worked in the kitchens of Mario Batali (Lupa), Jean-Georges Vongerichten (The Mark Hotel) and Saveur magazine. Massoud has since moved on to become the Corporate Executive Chef at Levetto, overseeing multiple locations all over Ontario. Massoud has also made regular appearances on various Canadian morning and daytime programs including Cityline and Breakfast Television.


7-night Tahiti & The Society Islands Cruise – Featuring Celebrity Chef Massimo Capra

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Italian native Massimo Capra began his culinary career in a famous trattoria near Venice before turning his talents to the hotel industry in northern Italy.

In 1982, he relocated to Toronto, Canada, where he began working at a restaurant owned by a family member. From there, he became an acclaimed chef at Prego della Piazza restaurant, where he remained for nine years.

His next venture occurred in 1997, when joined forces with Paolo Paolini to open Mistura Restaurant of Toronto, offering upscale Italian dining. Sopra Upper Lounge, an exclusive event venue located above Mistura, opened in 2006.

Chef Massimo’s culinary empire continued to expand in 2010, when he licensed his name to the famous Rainbow Room at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls. More recently, he became chef/brand owner of Boccone Trattoria Veloce and Boccone Pronto at Pearson airport in Toronto and of Soprafino Restaurant at Hamad International Airport in Doha, Qatar. And last year, he opened Capra’s Kitchen—a casual Italian eatery with a heavy emphasis on pasta, pizza, and antipasto—in his hometown of Mississauga, Ontario.

Sapphire Talent Lab is proud to partner with Paul Gauguin Luxury Cruise Lines for our second signature event. For more info reach out and say hello to


7-night Tahiti & The Society Islands Cruise – Featuring Celebrity Chef Vikram Vij

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Sapphire Talent Lab, Sea Courses and Paul Gauguin invite you to embark on a culinary voyage with Chef Vikram Vij! We are proud to offer you a culinary inspired journey of a lifetime! February 18th – 25th, 2017 onboard the m/s Paul Gauguin Cruise Ship.

Beauty surrounds you on this 7-night sojourn, both on land and underwater. The Society Islands beckon with lush rainforests, crystal-clear lagoons, and warm breezes that encourage nothing but indulgent beachside lounging. Continue on to the Tuamotu Archipelago, a collection of low-lying atolls known the world ‘round for their vibrant underwater ecosystem.

 Attend a culinary lecture and Q&A session with Vikram Vij
 Attend an Exclusive Sea Courses Cocktail Party hosted by Vikram Vij  Dine with Vikram Vij at L’Etoile onboard
 Attend a shore excursion exclusively for Sea Courses Clients hosted by Vikram Vij


Experience the magic of Christmas at Jasper Park Lodge with Vikram Vij & Mark McEwan

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This extraordinary Christmas themed event has been a tradition for the past 27 years at Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. With a variety of talented presenters, decadent meals, themed activities and special sessions to attend, this event our most anticipated of the year. Celebrate all the things the holidays should be: great food, wine, entertainment and seasonal inspiration through fun and interactive classes. Cook with celebrity chefs Vikram Vij, Mark McEwan and more; learn the art of Christmas crafts and holiday decorating with industry experts; take home tips from a mixology class and sample wines from around the world.

For the first year we’re pleased to announce that all of our presenters will be in attendance throughout the 2016 Christmas In November.

Time to pull out your silliest Christmas sweaters and wear them with pride! This year, the welcome reception is all about basking in the hideous warmth of your silliest Christmas knitwear. Prizes will be awarded to the Silliest Christmas Sweater we can find!

Christmas in November 2016 dates are:

3 Nights (Weekend) – November 4 – 7, 2016
3 Nights (Midweek) – November 7 – 10, 2016
3 Nights (Thursday – Sunday) – November 10 – 13, 2016

For one hundred years,  Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge has upheld a reputation of rustic excellence. Sapphire Talent Lab is thrilled to be a part of this wonderful, festive event.