MEET THE TEAM
The heart of any business is the people who put in the long hours and the hard work. We wouldn't be anywhere if it wasn't for all the hard work each and every day that goes into every dish, every glass of wine and every order taken. Here are some of our fearless leaders who help make the magic happen.
Chris Hartman - CHEF
Chris Hartman knew from the age of 6 that he wanted to be a Chef. He got an early start in kitchens at the age of 14. After high school and a number of years in the industry, he went to school at the Cordon Bleu in Ottawa for both cooking and baking. From there he was given an opportunity to work in France which he jumped on, and for the next 5 years he worked in hotels and Michelin starred restaurants. With a lust for adventure he flew to New Zealand and spent a year there; and another year and a half in Australia working at casinos, restaurants and pastry shops. Returning to Calgary, he took up the position of Sous Chef at the Bears Den, and a short time later was promoted to Executive Chef. It was here where Chris started to work with local products and producers. This passion brought him to Farm restaurant, where he continued this work.
Chris's parents were instrumental in showing him good food, always bringing new flavours and culture into the household. His family has a strong connection to food going back generations. His great grandfather founded Olds College, his grandfather worked for Agriculture Canada, and both of his uncles are still involved in the industry. As a child, Chris could always be found in the garden pulling up carrots or picking fresh peas. His love and respect for the industry has shaped his career to what it is today. His new venture, Fence & Post, will be a showcase for what Alberta has to offer, his travels and what he has learned in 20 years of cookin
Melanie Martzoukos - GENERAL MANAGER
Melanie is a Prairie girl with a passion for travel. After university, she worked at a Chateau in Beaujolais, France for a prominent holiday company, and it was there that she was exposed to the beauty of food and wine. Upon her return to Calgary, she got a job in the wine industry and through various careers and another degree she has remained well connected to that industry.
She and her family spent a year in Europe travelling and it is this experience which has shaped her current passion for food and wine. It is the realization that the most profound dining experiences start with local, "freshest as possible" ingredients and hand crafted wines, without pretense, that has compelled her to partner with a gifted chef to bring the joys of this experience to Cochrane. She looks forward to welcoming you to share the experience she and Chris are creating!