Ben Baird, Ottawa Streat Gourmet
Two time Gold Medal Plates winner Ben Baird, former Chef-Owner of The Urban Pear, plated his Modern Canadian fine dining at the Glebe restaurant for 12 years. In 2013, he sold the business and bought a truck, even before he was granted an operating licence. When the City of Ottawa announced it was accepting applications to fill sixteen new food truck opportunities that same year, he quickly submitted his application for Ottawa STREAT Gourmet. Since taking to the road, Baird's curbside gourmet dishes have been helping to transform Ottawa's street food scene.