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Kitchener, ON, November 30, 2017—One of Kitchener’s best-known restaurants, The Berlin announces the hiring of a new Executive Chef, Benjamin Lillico.

“Benjamin has an unparalleled understanding of local ingredients and palates and will keep the elements of The Berlin that our guests know and love while using his expertise and creativity to take The Berlin to the next level,” said Ryan Lloyd-Craig, owner of The Berlin.

Former co-owner and Executive Chef, Jonathan Gushue is leaving The Berlin to pursue new opportunities.

“We would like to thank Jonathan for his tremendous contribution to The Berlin and we wish him much success in the next chapter in his career,” added Lloyd-Craig

Benjamin Lillico is one of the region’s top chefs with several awards and achievements under his belt. He was a recent recipient of the Top 30 Under 30 Award with the Ontario Hostelry Institute.

“Joining The Berlin is very exciting and humbling for me,” said Chef Benjamin Lillico. “Chef Gushue has done incredible things here and already created a legacy for this restaurant – I’m excited to build on that and add my own flavours and creations to the cuisine.”

Chef Benjamin Lillico comes to The Berlin with experience from Ontario’s only CAA five diamond awarded restaurant, the renowned Langdon Hall. He has also led kitchens with The Charcoal Group Restaurants and mentorship roles with Conestoga College. Chef Lillico was the Team Captain of Junior Culinary Team

Canada for the 2016 Culinary Olympics in Germany and won multiple gold and silver medals with the team on the international stage. He has also won gold and bronze at the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs competition for Canada and was among the top-place finishes at the Boch Culinary World Cup in Luxembourg.

About The Berlin Restaurant

The Berlin, part of Ignite Restaurant Group, has been called “one of the most ambitious, faith-restoring – and at its best, exhilarating – restaurants to open lately, whether in Kitchener, Toronto, or anywhere in between” by The Globe and Mail.

The Berlin has also been named ‘Favourite Places to Eat’ and ‘Best Restaurants Outside the GTA’ by Toronto Life Magazine and nominated by Enroute as one of Canada’s Best New Restaurants. A signature wood-fired grill is used to deliver an inventive culinary style that balances both tradition and imagination.

Ignite Restaurant Group is also excited to announce their next projects opening in early 2018: The Graffiti Market, Red Circle Brewing Company (, and Red Circle Coffee Company will cater to a variety of patron’s needs, including a sit-down restaurant, a convenient grab-and-go retail market, a microbrewery, and in-house cafe; all ventures have their home in the new Catalyst 137 Technology Hub. 

Further information about these projects will be announced in the coming weeks.

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We are the only live-fire restaurant spearheaded by one of Canada’s most important culinary minds. We want to challenge the fine dining experience, and offer world-class food in a more casual and inviting atmosphere.