About The Chef

New Chef and New Dining Come Together in Yorkville, Toronto

Inspiring Restaurant Bolsters the Appetites of Downtown Toronto Diners

Experience an artistic approach to food preparation are what Executive Chef Michael Picken is bringing to the table, in terms of fine dining in Yorkville Toronto, as the new executive chef at Toronto Marriott Bloor Yorkville and Matisse Restaurant and Bar. Chef Picken’s experience at prestigious properties including the world renowned Gleneagles Hotel, Edinburghs Caledonian and other high profile hotels in Toronto is bolstering the appetites of local patrons as well as guests of the Toronto Marriott Bloor Yorkville Hotel.

Comfortably anchoring the dining opportunities in and around this corporate hotel in downtown Toronto; Matisse offers hearty breakfast, lunch and dinner menus in a casual atmosphere, ideal for gatherings with business associates, family and friends. Executive Chef Picken and the restaurant’s skilled culinary staff also offer full service catering with a wide variety of banquet menus, and Chef Picken welcomes the opportunity to custom craft menus for special events.

In addition to launching its new food menu, Matisse also unveiled a new Martini menu to the delight of patrons seeking a relaxing reprieve. Matisse Restaurant and Bar was named after inspiring murals that envelop the soul upon arrival, and provides guests with a warm and comfortable atmosphere along with friendly service. Reflecting rich international influences, the restaurant’s Canadian cuisine is prepared fresh with local ingredients and each plate is presented as an individual work of art carefully designed and individually prepared to tantalize the taste buds of every guest. While enjoying acclaim and notoriety within extravagant hotel restaurants, Executive Chef Picken and his recipes have also been featured on CTV, Food Network, CP24 and in Canadian House & Home.