Heather Brown, General Manager
Originally from Grand Manan, New Brunswick, Heather relocated to Halifax twenty years ago and has been active in Halifax’s hospitality industry ever since. She holds a degree in Business specializing in Tourism and Hospitality Management from Mount Saint Vincent University and graduated with the Senate Medal of Distinction. Heather’s background consists of pub, restaurant and private club management, as well as catering and special events and seven years as a Unit and Assistant General Manager with the Lower Deck.
Jeffrey W. McInnis, Executive Chef
A native of Halifax, Jeff honed his skills both here at home and across Canada. After stints in Ontario with Pat and Mario’s, Jeff returned to Nova Scotia and joined RCR hospitality. Together with his mentor, Chef Ron MacMaster, Jeff helped RCR launch such restaurants as Le Bistro, Ryan Duffy’s, Waterfront Warehouse and Pier 22.
In 2008 Jeff had the opportunity to join the culinary team at Fox Harbour as Executive Sous Chef and was eventually offered the position of Executive Chef. In 2011 Jeff left Fox Harbour to take the position as Executive Chef of the renowned Five Fishermen Restaurant.
Jeff is a committed professional who strives to source the finest and freshest local ingredients to create memorable experiences for the discerning palate.
Avery Gavel, Sommelier
Our Sommelier, Avery Gavel, grew up on a dairy farm in Yarmouth quickly learning the meaning of hard work and appreciating fresh local produce and seafood.
Entrance to the Hospitality Industry started early in Yarmouth at Rodds Grand Hotel and Capt. Kelly’s Kitchen.
Avery moved to Halifax and mentored under the esteemed Alex Clavel at Clipper Cay for 10 years. Through those years, Avery earned the Clipper Cay many awards at the annual Nova Scotia “Table Top (design) Competition”.
For the past 20 years, Avery is proud to be part of the team at the Halifax landmark The Five Fishermen. As a server, Avery earned Taste of Nova Scotia’s “Server of the Year” and is currently Assistant Manager.
Avery became a Sommelier with The Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers (CAPS) and has travelled through wonderful wine regions of Europe but is most excited to be a part of the developing wine culture of Nova Scotia and often hosts Nova Scotia food and wine pairing dinners.
Follow Avery on Twitter @5FishWine
Don Walker, Corporate Chef- Culinary Director
Currently Corporate Chef for the Grafton Connor Group of companies. Don has been cooking for over 20 years. Prior to his current position Don was the Corporate Chef for Atlantic Superstores, where he developed and managed the Cooking School Program as well as being a key member of the Marketing and Advertising department.
Don received his training locally under the tutelage of Chef Maurizio Bertossi and was the Chef of the highly acclaimed Il Mercato Restaurant. During this time Don attended the Culinary Institute of America and received his Cooks Interprovincial Red Seal.
Don is an active member of the Nova Scotia Association of Chefs and Cooks and the Canadian Culinary Federation and has recently held Vice-President Positions in both organizations.