We are a brother and sister team sharing our passions for food, cooking, photography and story telling. Although we live in the same time zone, we are lives apart; with Jason living his dream as a Michelin Star Chef and Karlin finding pleasure in the everyday lives of her family. Weʼre here to share our ideas of bringing good food to your own home and sharing Jasonʼs stories of being a celebrated chef around the globe. We discovered our mutual desire for great food on our proverbial journey through Europe together many years ago, with our backpacks on and a limited budget. Avoiding McDonaldʼs at all cost, we discovered cheap ways to eat authentic Italian food, how to bargain for beer in Prague, and the joy of sampling fruit and cheese in small French villages.
Internationally celebrated chef, Jason McLeod, is the President and Creative Director of Box Tree Restaurant Inc. Chef McLeod’s 25 year career stretches back to humble beginnings as a dishwasher in a small ski resort in his native Canada before moving on to a three year apprenticeship program. Fast forward to five years in England where he worked under world renowned chefs Raymond Blanc and Marco Pierre White; Jason credits his cooking style and work ethic to these two chefs and mentors. Jason’s passion for cooking and hospitality led him to positions with the Fairmont Hotels before spending nearly a decade with the Four Seasons Resorts. As the youngest Executive Chef to open a property for the Four Seasons, Jason was an integral part of the opening teams at properties around the globe including Whistler, Costa Rica, Miami and Great Exuma. Subsequently, Jason became Opening Executive Chef and the Director of Food and Beverage for The Grand Del Mar Resort in California; a luxurious property where he oversaw four kitchens and developed of team of 120 employees. Before starting his own company, Box Tree Restaurant Inc., Jason was once again the Opening Executive Chef for the Elysian Hotel. It was at this Chicago property that Jason was awarded two Michelin Stars during Ria’s first year of operation.
Not only is Chef McLeod a two star Michelin Chef, but he is the recipient of many awards and nominations. He is actively involved in the Common Threads charity and has served as judge for international cooking competitions. He has appeared in numerous publications and television programs. Jason has always believed in creating memorable meals using local products. He continues to invest his time and energy in meeting with and supporting local farmers. Jason currently lives in San Diego, with his wife, where they both enjoy the sunnier climes and shopping at the local farmer’s markets.
I have spent the past 12 years raising my two kids and traipsing around the globe with my husband and his career. We have lived in 5 cities and 3 countries; now calling the West Coast of Canada home for good. My background of Art History and Languages makes for interesting dinner conversation. I spent the better part of this past year as a surrogate for one of my childhood friends; delivering a baby boy earlier this Spring.
For several years I worked in academia and as a volunteer with various youth organizations. Running is my drug and skiing is what I do to try and stay relevant with my children. We escape the city at our 1930′s log cabin, on a quiet lake in the Chilcotin Mountains. I have been cooking for myself since I was a teenager and I love to eat out.