Quetzal (‘ket-sal’) celebrates Mexico’s culinary heritage, combining traditional methods and techniques with local Canadian produce, meats and seafood, to create a dining experience that redefines Mexican cuisine in Canada. Quetzal is a collaboration between Owen Walker and Grant van Gameren.
The history of Mexican cuisine is long and diverse. Mayan traditions focused on the use of corn and beans. The Aztecs focused on the use of chilis, chocolate and honey. When the Spanish arrived, they brought livestock, spices and other ingredients. This influence created a diverse regional cuisine that today is UNESCO recognized as part of the nation’s cultural heritage.