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While his degree is in chemical engineering, Eric Chong’s true calling has always been cooking. Although his family was hesitant with his new found career, he was determined to earn his spot in the culinary world after becoming the first-ever winner of CTV’s MasterChef Canada. To sharpen his skills, Eric travelled extensively through Asia with his mentor Alvin Leung, as well as working stints in Alvin’s Hong Kong Michelin-starred restaurant Bo Innovation. He also apprenticed in the kitchens of Buca in Toronto. Now Eric returns to the heart of Chinatown to realize his dream of opening a restaurant, inspired by his childhood in Canada and his grandfather’s dim sum. Eric brings a youthful and rebellious passion to R&D—a modern eatery paying tribute to traditional Asian flavours and beloved Canadian dishes.
With a fiery personality to match his unusual moniker “Demon Chef,” Alvin Leung was an engineer by trade when he decided to pack up at the age of 42 and pursue his culinary passion in Hong Kong. It was there he opened his critically acclaimed 3 Michelin star restaurant Bo Innovation. Now with multiple restaurants to his name including Bo London, he is one of the few self-taught chefs in the world to hold multiple Michelin stars. Raised in the suburbs of Scarborough, Ontario, Alvin has re-established his presence in Canada as a judge on CTV’s MasterChef Canada. After seeing the similarities between himself and Eric, Alvin sought to mentor the young chef and in-turn open a restaurant together.
Chef de Cuisine
While studying overseas at the University of Korea, Steven realized his love for cooking and returned home to Vancouver to pursue culinary arts. After graduating in 2001, he worked under Executive Chef Frank Dodd and Executive Sous Chef Jonathan Gushue at Bacchus Restaurant at the Wedgewood Hotel. From 2002 to 2007, Steven worked under Executive Chef Don Letendre at the Elixir Bar & Restaurant in the Opus Hotel. After moving to Toronto, Steven joined Chef Lorenzo Losetos’ brigade at George Restaurant. From 2008 to 2015, he led the team at Oliver & Bonacini Café Grill, Bayview Village, applying his diverse restaurant experience. Now leading the kitchen at R&D, Steven is excited to bring his unique cultural influences to the forefront of the restaurant’s menu and philosophy.
Serving dinner, late night bites and drinks in Chinatown.
241 Spadina Ave.
Toronto, ON M5T 2E2
Street parking and lots available nearby
Sun-Thurs: 5:30pm – 10pm
Fri & Sat: 5:30pm – 11pm
Daily from 5:00pm