2015 Distinguished Alumni Award - Recent Graduate

Photo of Steffen MarinOwner/Chef, Heirloom Food Truck
(Graduated: Culinary Skills Chef Training, 2011; Culinary Management, 2012)

Steffen Marin wanted to open a food truck promoting sustainable fare so badly he could taste it.

His dream began to take shape after enrolling in Fanshawe's Artisanal Culinary Arts program, a unique program focused on a holistic farm-to-table approach to cooking. The two-year program gave Steffen the knowledge, connections and confidence to pursue his passion.

Today, Steffen is the owner/chef of Heirloom, a Toronto-based food truck offering a bold menu of fresh, locally-sourced food. It's a labour of love that's paying off. When he debuted Heirloom at the Field Trip at Fort York music and arts festival last summer – serving up homemade chorizo sausages and braised lamb shank sandwiches – it took home the title of best new food truck.

Fresh off appearing at 35 events during its inaugural season, Steffen has hired his first employee and has found a winter home for Heirloom at Toronto's Evergreen Brickworks – fittingly touted as one of the most sustainable places in Canada – every weekend through April.