Chef Dave Mottershall


Dave started his culinary career at age 14, first working as a dishwasher in Port Elgin, Ontario. He moved on to earn his Professional Cooking Diploma from George Brown College and Red Seal Certification. He then left Toronto for the Fairmont Banff Springs for 6 years, finishing there as senior chef in Castellos Trattoria.

Eager for a new challenge Dave left for Prince Edward Island to learn about seafood. Most notably, he opened Terre Rouge Bistro Marche, a restaurant featuring locally sourced and sustainable ingredients, was named PEI Chef of the Year in 2012 and winner of the 2013 Taste our Island Award for his dedication to supporting the local food movement.

After 7 years on the Island Dave has returned to Toronto to share what he has learned from cooking throughout Canada. After a short stint on Bay Street Dave opened a successful pop-up restaurant in the back of a dive bar which became Loka, the first restaurant in Canada to open from Kickstarter funding.

Loka is an exploration of Canadian cuisine, with an extensive cured meat program and zero waste policy. Dave’s passion for cooking is evident in his Instagram account where he is affectionately known as @Chef_Rouge.