Chef Mandel Hitzer
Mandel Hitzer has been a student of cookery for 20 years. He opened deer + almond in 2012, which gave him a stage to bring different concepts to Winnipeg food lovers. Mandel has become a leader and innovator in his community. He co-created RAW:almond, a 21 day pop up restaurant, that brings Chefs from all over North America to cook on a frozen river. Last year Conde Nast Traveller mentioned RAW: almond as part of the world’s top pop-up restaurants alongside noma and elBulli. Earlier this year, he took the pop-up concept to Churchill Manitoba, to cook a menu inspired by ingredients from the land in a 250-year-old fort, under the northern lights. He has created the environment of his dreams at deer + almond, a life full of friends, laughter and imagination.