Doug Neigel always appreciated where his food came from. Exploring local maple syrup farms, fishing out the Muskoka River and local hunted and foraged products is where his connection to food began.

2011 brought Chef new challenges with the fast growing Mercatto Hospitality. Spearheading an expanding culinary team of close to seventy-five, in a five restaurant strong family. Charismatic and kind-hearted, Doug thrives on mentoring his chefs and cooks while forging strong ties with Toronto’s Culinary schools and their future chefs. With a passion to impact the sector, presenting Mercatto’s dinners with food that is local, sustainable and supporting independent supplies continues to drive Doug.