Food has been an important part of Chef Jamie Harling’s life since childhood. His grandparents were always in touch with food from its sources to how it was made. He made sausage with his father and grandfather. His grandfather also kept bees and was a keen hunter and fisher.
Harling was also influenced by working for his sister, Andrea Harling, who is also a chef. She hired him in her kitchen while he was in university as a summer job. The atmosphere and the energy of the kitchen attracted him so he continued to work in kitchens as he went to university. He went traveling after university and made the decision to start a culinary career at that point.
The chef had been an athlete growing up and points out, “When I started in kitchens I realized that I could get the same rush in a busy service as I did when playing sports. That’s what originally drew me to it and now it’s my life and I love it.”