Meet the Chef: Derek VanMeggelen
Chef Derek VanMeggelen is the Chef de Cuisine at Fabbrica Thornbury and began his career at O&B Café Grill in Blue Mountain while completing his culinary training at George Brown College. After receiving his degree, Chef Derek travelled across Europe to explore new cuisines eventually landing a coveted role at ‘FG’, a 2 Michelin starred restaurant in the Netherlands. Here, Chef Derek truly honed his skills and flourished. He brought his knowledge back to Canada working at Rusty’s Bar & Grill at Blue Mountain and Whistler’s Araxi Restaurant. Realizing his love for Italian and Mediterranean flavours, Chef Derek moved to Toronto to join the Buca restaurant team helming the kitchen at the flagship location. Chef Derek was then asked to open Buca Yorkville where he continued to push dining innovation and delve into traditional Italian techniques. Chef Derek then moved to Thornbury, Ontario to become the Head Chef at Fabbrica Thornbury where he has created a menu driven by the freshest ingredients, showcasing the simplicity of regional Italian fare.