Chefs in Residence

As a gastronomic society for the advancement of the culinary arts PLAZA DEL TORO is, first and foremost, a place for chefs to study and play. To that end we are inviting chefs to take over our kitchen and work with our teams to create unique culinary experiences in a series of events.

Juanjo Canals

with Chef Juanjo Canals

La Ruta del Toro Chef in Residence Series
Friday, January 19

PLAZA DEL TORO’s premiere Dim Sum Tapas Dinner Series taking place during this year’s Chef in Residence series features the return of Spanish chef Juanjo Canals of Madrid’s Con Amor and Despecho restaurants. Juanjo, a veteran of PLAZA’s Chef in Residence series and Portland’s La Ruta PDX gastronomic festival, collaborates with PLAZA Chef Michael Kessler and Toro Bravo Chef Pat Manning on a Spanish tapas menu served in the style of Dim Sum.

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The Portland Meat Collective

The Portland Meat Collective is a one-of-a-kind meat school and community resource that offers hands-on classes in slaughter, butchery, meat cookery, and charcuterie. As a gastronomic society for the advancement of the culinary arts,  PLAZA DEL TORO was proud to host PMC founder Camas Davis as a Chef in Residence in 2017.

Yaron Amar, Adam Barzilay & Ron Gibori / Israel

Our January 2017 Chef in Residence series featured five Israeli dinner events with three renowned chefs from Tel Aviv. Yaron Amar of Shila, Adam Barzilay of Shile Restaurant Group, and Ron Gibori of Jeremiah in Tel Aviv prepared a Moroccan-influenced feast at PLAZA DEL TORO, offer dishes on Shalom Y’all, Tasty n Sons and Mediterranean Exploration Company's menus, and cooked a collaborative Yemenite-influenced dinner with Toro Bravo Inc’s John Gorham and MEC/Shalom Y’all’s Kasey Mills at PLAZA DEL TORO.


We welcomed the renowned Chef Pascal Sauton as our second Chef in Residence. Pascal is a close friend to our restaurants - he even married John and Renee! He returned from retirement in France to cook at two PLAZA DEL TORO events. The first was a special dinner in remembrance of Pascal's downtown Portland institution, Carafe Bistro. Then Pascal squared off against St. Jack's Aaron Barnett at our 19th edition of VERSUS


Our first Chef in Residence was Juanjo Canals, chef/owner of Con Amor in Madrid, Spain. He joined us to cook a series of La Ruta del Toro events bridging the cultures of Spain and Portland through food and entertainment.