Lindsay has now become the Executive Chef and owner of the new London Local restaurant with fellow business partner Evonne Li. After traveling Europe and having a father from Britain and traveling to England multiple times throughout her childhood and adulthood, Lindsay wanted to open a restaurant based on her heritage and roots and in honour of her father a restaurant that focuses on part traditional, part contemporary British inspired food.
Born and Raised in St Albert, Executive Chef Lindsay Porter’s focus has always been on the culinary world, even as a child. This passion for the culinary arts reflects through her re-designed menu at El Cortez Mexican Kitchen + Tequila Bar “From the colours, to the flavors, to the textures, this menu really is my form of expression. I wanted to have fun with it, so I took several traditional recipes, and added my personality to them.”
Formerly of 4th and Vine and Mercer’s Catering, and bronze medalist at the prestigious Gold Medal Plates Edmonton in 2014, Chef Porter graduated in 2006 after completing a two-year, fulltime culinary course. While at school, she apprenticed under chef Willie White at the River House Grill where she learned the basic fundamentals of restaurant fine dining.
After graduating, she traveled to Europe for two months and explored the culinary world of Italy, Switzerland, France, Greece, Germany and the Netherlands. Once home, she joined Fantasyland Hotel as a sous chef for 4 years before becoming the executive chef at 4th and Vine; she began taking part in various competitions, such as the Chaine des Rotisseurs Junior Commis Competition, placing first in the regionals twice and traveling to Vancouver and Montreal for nationals. Porter has also competed in the CCFCC Junior Chef Challenge and CCFCC National Challenge.
Volunteering with many local charities such as Wellspring, and Mount Royal cookoff Chef Porter loves to get involved in local organizations to support the local community.
Lindsay has competed on Food Network and won Guys Grocery Games on November 2017 the “noodle games” episode airing February of 2018. Chef Porter has also filmed commercials for Knorr through Vice recently in April of 2018 in Amsterdam.
Lindsay was formerly the Executive Chef at Woodwork Restaurant in downtown Edmonton where she focused on local ingredients cooked fireside in the in house wood fired grill.