Chef Marc Lepine spent time working in Toronto, France and Italy before moving to Ottawa in 2001 with the intention of eventually opening a restaurant. He received his sommelier certification from Algonquin College and spent 6 years working as executive chef for the Courtyard Restaurant, where he was twice named ‘Ottawa Chef of the Year’ by the Canadian Culinary Federation. Marc opened Atelier in 2008 and it was named one of Canada’s Best New Restaurants by enRoute Magazine. In February 2012, and then again in February 2016, Marc won the Canadian Culinary Championship. In 2018, he was named ‘Canada’s Most Innovative Chef’ by Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants magazine.