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Kris Schlotzhauer - Chef/Owner, AO Pasta

Posted under Stratford's #nextgen Chefs on Apr 1, 2019


Meet Kris Schlotzhauer, Chef and Owner of AO Pasta. Kris was born and raised in Stratford and had his first job dishwashing at The Old English Parlour when he was just 14 years old. Ultimately, that's what lead him to fall in love with the kitchen. When it comes to the dish that Kris is most proud to create, he explains how, “we try to root ourselves in tradition. We love to make classic, comforting dishes that have withstood the test of time.” If you're a pasta lover, make sure to visit AO Pasta, located at 38 Erie Street.

Age: 35

  1. Where did you grow up?
    1. I was born and raised in Stratford, Ontario. 
  2. What or whom inspired you to pursue a culinary career?
    1. I had my first job, dishwashing, at The Olde English Parlour when I was 14 and that is when I immediately fell in love with the kitchen. 
  3. How has the culinary landscape of Stratford and area influenced your cooking? 
    1. We love working with some of the great local producers in the Stratford area. It's always a good thing when the people delivering your food are the same people growing it. 
  4. What dish are you most proud of creating?
    1. We try to root ourselves in tradition as much as we can.  We love to make classic, comforting dishes that have withstood the test of time. The classics are classics for a reason, it's pretty hard to improve upon them. 
  5. What celebrity would you like to dine with and why?
    1. Matty Matheson, because he's a nice guy and I haven't seen him in a while.


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