GTA chef opens new restaurant as he gears up for the ‘culinary Olympics’ in France

Accomplished chef Keith Pears has opened his first restaurant in Thornhill. Glass Kitchen, an Asian-fusion eatery, beautifully combines innovation, tradition and cherished childhood memories.

Growing up in Vancouver, surrounded by a family of chefs, including his parents, Pears discovered his passion for cooking early on. His grandma’s Chinese-Western cafe was where he absorbed the love, flavours and traditions that made her food exceptional.

“The space we’ve created at Glass Kitchen is fueled by my passion and unwavering love for food that truly knows no boundaries, says Pears. “Whether you’re joining us for brunch or dinner, we hope you have a memorable culinary experience and feel the purpose behind every dish.

Serving both brunch and dinner, the menu will take you on a  “global gastronomic journey with an internationally inspired menu offerings.”  Brunch offerings include cured hibachi, Jakarta lamb skewers, mini lobster rolls and cheeseburger empanadas — and that’s just to start. There’s also a handful of tartines, including a Caprese and smoked salmon, Bennies and pancakes as well as specialties like Australian Wagyu striploin steak and eggs and fried chicken and bubble waffle.

Dinner at Glass Kitchen features delicious options like Hokkaido scallop risotto and burrata alla Norma. For dessert, guests can savour fusion treats such as raspberry lychee baked Alaska and Ube custard cake.

Chef Pears’ culinary journey is a testament to passion and skill. From Vancouver beginnings to prestigious kitchens like Teahouse in Stanley Park, Delta Hotels by Marriott, and the W Hotel, Chef Pears has made his mark. His achievements include wins at Best of the West, Chopped Canada and securing a spot to represent Canada in the 2025 Bocuse d’Or Finals in Lyon,  France known as one of the most prestigious culinary competitions globally, often referred to as the “culinary Olympics.”

Named after Chef Keith’s beloved grandmother, Jade, Glass Kitchen pays tribute to her culinary legacy. It’s a place where tradition meets innovation, where every bite narrates a story of heritage and passion.

Glass Kitchen will officially welcome guests on Friday, Feb. 2, starting at 10 am. They are located at 505 Hwy 7, Unit 98 & 99.

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