A noted restaurateur and chef, Roger Dufau has owned and managed more than a dozen restaurants and eateries in three continents, including Maison Basque in Toronto and Panache in Hobart, Tasmania. In 1968, he and his mother established the popular Le Petit Gourmet in Toronto.
Originally from the Basque region of France, Roger feels it is not only important to nourish the body, but also the spirit.
He is a regular contributor to the Faith page of the Guelph Mercury, a daily newspaper in Southern Ontario.
He lives with his wife, Kathleen, in Elora, Ontario, where, together, they operate Drew House, a popular bed and breakfast, known for hosting spiritual retreats, seminars, cooking classes and community events. He has one son, Olivier, who resides in British Columbia.
We are What We Think and What We Eat is his first book.
Roger’s ever-popular cooking classes, held periodically throughout the year, draw people from near and far. They come to learn his techniques, listen to his stories and enjoy great food. One of Roger’s favourite things to do is to conduct bilingual cooking classes for area high school students who come to Elora for a unique French experience. In 2008, Roger won a coveted Golden Whisk Award for his beef bourguignon. Each year, the Toronto Star presents this national award for the ten best recipes in Canada.
He partners with area universities to bring dignitaries, prominent politicians, and great thinkers together at Drew House. In 2009, he worked with food activist Anita Stewart to host a day-long retreat with more than two dozen chefs, food writers, government officials and area growers and cheese makers. Most recently, he hosted a group of Asian journalists for an afternoon of cooking, demonstrating his memorable Gateau Basque.