Culinary Program

As a leader in Stadium Hospitality, Scotiabank Arena is committed to bringing top-quality ingredients sourced from Canada’s best suppliers.

Scotiabank Arena is the only stadium in the world that has partnered with Ocean Wise to bring the freshest and most sustainable seafood to your table. In addition, our partnership with Ontario Corn Fed Beef means that all our steaks are hand-selected at grading and sourced within a 150km radius to ensure quality and reduce the environmental impact of our supply chain.

Our eco-commitment ensures we take part in initiatives that source local ingredients, recycle cooking oil into biofuel, and use biodegradable products. Being a strong community partner is also a priority of ours, as we rescue thousands of meals in our spaces and distribute them to those in need through Second Harvest.

Directed by Culinary Director Chris Zielinski, Head Sommelier Anne Martin, and Corporate Executive Chef Matthew Sullivan, our kitchens are overflowing with a breadth of culinary talents, who put their expertise to the service of our guests to constantly deliver exceptional experiences.

Chris Zielinski

Culinary Director, F&B

Chef Chris Zielinski is the Culinary Director and Executive Chef for MLSE. Chris’ diverse portfolio includes oversight of all quick-serve and premium foodservice at Scotiabank Arena, BMO Field and Coca-Cola Coliseum. In addition to his arena and stadium portfolio Chris oversees the culinary program for MLSE’s two stand-alone restaurants, Real Sports & e11even.

Chris grew up in Western Michigan, and eventually re-located to Toronto where he completed the culinary management program at George Brown College. Prior to his role at MLSE, Chef Zielinski was Executive Chef for the National Ballet School, Mercer St. Grill, YYZ Restaurant and Wine Bar and Ultra Supper Club. Chris was named Now Magazine’s Chef of the Year when he was Executive Chef at Tippler’s.

Over his 12-year tenure, Chris has continually raised the bar for MLSE through his innovative approach and passion for food.  He has overseen tremendous growth and change within the three Scotiabank Arena Club Restaurants, including The Scotiaclub, the renowned Hot Stove Club and the prestigious Platinum Club. With the opening of the 27,000 square foot Real Sports Bar and classic grill restaurant, e11even, Chris successfully created and implemented culinary programs that put fresh ingredients at the forefront.

With oversight of a team of 20 full-time chefs and 300 part-time cooks, Chris spends much of his time leading and motivating his team to think big, to always think like our fans would and to be at the forefront of culinary innovation. Chris is most proud of the role that he played in successfully hosting the NBA All-Star Game, the MLS Cup, the NBA Finals and most recently he lead the Bringing Toronto Back to Its Feet program creating, 675,000 meals for front line workers and those most in need.