SAIT School of Hospitality & Tourism
Passion and love for the culinary arts came at an early age for Scott Pohorelic and he began working professionally in the industry at age sixteen, taking over his first kitchen at age nineteen. After many years of hands on experience, and recognizing the need to further his formal education Scott completed the highly regarded culinary apprentice program at S.A.I.T. Polytechnic in Calgary. From 2004 to 2010, Scott commanded the kitchen at the acclaimed River Café where he helped shape a cuisine focused on regional and sustainable ingredients. He was named Calgary’s Top Chef by Where Magazine in 2010 and was featured on the Discovery Channel’s “Chef’s Domain”. Scott now works as a culinary instructor at S.A.I.T., helping to shape the next generation of cooks.
Scott is a strong advocate for local growers. Twice he was a delegate to Terra Madre, the Slow Food international conference in Torino Italy. Scott represented Alberta at the first Canadian Chef’s Congress on Michael Stadtlander’s Eigensinn Farm in Ontario and he represented Alberta at the Smithsonian’s Folk Life Festival in Washington DC.
Scott understands that great cuisine always demonstrates a sense of place. Direct relationships with farmers provide the opportunity to use the best ingredients grown or raised in the most responsible ways.