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Marc Lepine Chef/Owner After 3 years of culinary school, Marc Lepine began working in the finest kitchens of Toronto, France, and Italy. Upon his return to Canada in 1998, he accepted his first executive chef's position with Bartlett Lodge in Algonquin Park, where he stayed for 4 years. Marc decided to move to Ottawa in 2001 with the intent to eventually open a restaurant. He received his sommelier certification from Algonquin College in 2002 and spent 6 years working as executive chef for the Courtyard Restaurant, where he was twice named 'Ottawa Chef of the Year' by the Canadian Culinary Federation. In January of 2008, Marc decided it was time to open Atelier. While the restaurant was preparing to launch, Marc went to work with one of his favorite chefs, Grant Achatz, at Alinea Restaurant in Chicago, where he saw first-hand the logistics of running a tasting menu restaurant. Marc is a member of the Research Chefs Association, the National Capital Sommelier Guild, and has worked as vice-president of the Canadian Culinary Federation - Ottawa branch.