Patrick Saurette of Edmonton was elected to a one-year term as Chair of the Board of Restaurants Canada (formerly the CRFA) at the association’s annual meeting on February 25, 2018.
Patrick and his wife and business partner Doris opened The Marc in 2010, a small French bistro that has received many awards and has been on several best restaurant lists.
Patrick first joined the Restaurants Canada Board of Directors in 2008.
Patrick started working in the hospitality business at age 16, working with a catering company where long hours and hard work were the norm, serving small family gatherings, huge corporate events and a ton of weddings.
Although this was to be a temporary job while studying theatre, Patrick stayed with the theatre of the restaurant business, doing two shows a day on the floor as a server.
He then worked in many independent restaurants in Edmonton, Toronto and Kelowna through the years. His on-the-job training was a daily apprenticeship from the many European trained mentors who imparted their love and respect of hospitality every day. Edmonton was a hotbed of great European talent from Austria, Switzerland, France and Italy who had found new opportunities in Canada.
He considers chef Claude Buzon of Edmonton to be an early mentor.
In 1993 he started with il Portico Restaurant Group where he became an operating partner and helped build an Edmonton institution. When the group sold the property and closed the restaurant in 2008, it was a great moment to say good bye to one fantastic accomplishment and a fresh beginning to the next opportunity.
In 2010, Patrick and Doris opened The Marc, a small French Bistro where we continue to do two shows a day. Patrick speaks of his wife as carrying more weight than anyone in the decisions and directions of their business and being integral to all he does.
Patrick and The Marc have received many accolades and awards over the years, but he finds the best award comes from former employees sharing how important their work experience at The Marc has been on their future success. Patrick feels that his staff is like family and loves the passion and energy of his team.
For the past six years, Patrick has been a member of the executive board of directors for Edmonton’s Downtown Business Association. He is also past president of the Edmonton Nordic Ski Club.
A life-long resident of Edmonton, Patrick and his wife have two children.