Recently named a Top Forty Foodie under Forty by Western Living Magazine and Top Forty under Forty by Avenue Magazine, Chef Blair Lebsack opened his new restaurant RGE RD in 2013 and it has been chosen Best Restaurant and Best New Restaurant in Edmonton by Avenue Magazine and Best New Restaurant in Edmonton by Where Magazine. The restaurant was also named #4 Best New Restaurant by enRoute Magazine for 2014, and #48 on Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants for 2015.
Driven by a passion for Alberta’s terroir and the abundance of quality produce, Blair has made it a priority to cultivate relationships with farmers and farms. This relationship with food producers has led to RGE RD dinners, a series of outdoor farm dinners that have developed a cult following. The philosophy of local, healthful and ethical food is the backbone of his restaurant concept – an urban gathering place where the farm dictates the menu. This focus on promoting Alberta has led Blair to international opportunities. He’s cooked an Alberta-themed dinner at Wolfgang Puck’s acclaimed Spago in Beverly Hills and a gala dinner at the Aldourie Castle in Inverness, Scotland. Blair was also selected to showcase local cuisine for “Endless Feast”, a television program that aired on PBS throughout the United States.
Having had an accomplished career as an executive chef for both large operations and smaller, boutique hotels, Blair took on a role mentoring future chefs as a culinary instructor at NAIT. As the chef and owner of RGE RD, Blair is passionate about continual mentorship and community engagement. Be sure to reserve so you don’t miss out on this fantastic Alberta dining experience.