Chinched Bistro specializes in contemporary bistro cuisine. The food is proudly made from scratch and served in a stylish and relaxed dining atmosphere in both the bar and dining room.
Chef/Owners Shaun Hussey and Michelle LeBlanc use familiar ingredients and put their creative juices to work making them delicious to both the eye and the belly!
Pastry Chef/ Owner, Michelle LeBlanc, a native of Cape Breton, has been living in Newfoundland for two years. After graduating from the Culinary Institute of Canada in Prince Edward Island, Michelle spent eight years working in Nantucket, Massachusetts as Chef de Cuisine at Oran Mor, and Sfoglia. While working at Oran Mor, Michelle had the opportunity to travel to New York City for “A Nantucket Christmas” at the James Beard House. She also worked for a winter as Sous Chef at Saratoga Restaurant in St. Maarten.
Upon return to Canada, Michelle began working with the Shorefast Foundation on Fogo Island as a Consulting Chef, working on a variety of projects aiming to place Newfoundland Cuisine on the world map. Michelle helped the Shorefast Foundation open growlers ice cream shop, which specializes in handcrafted ice cream showcasing regional Newfoundland flavours. growlers participated in the Savour Food and Wine Show in 2008 and 2009, winning the best cold food category in 2008, and second place in the dessert category in 2009.
You can now find Michelle either in the kitchen at Chinched Bistro doing the daily baking, including Eric’s Red Sourdough Bread, or greeting guests and ensuring they have a pleasurable meal.
Chef/Owner Shaun Hussey has happily returned home. Shaun, a native of Chamberlain’s and a graduate of the Culinary Institute of Canada in Prince Edward Island, began his career in Nantucket Massachusetts. Shaun was the Chef de Cuisine at the very popular American Seasons Restaurant for five years. During his time at American Seasons, Shaun participated in such events as “The Patton Dinner”, a benefit for the Nashville Boys and Girls Club, “A Taste of New England”, at the James Beard House in New York City, and worked with a several wineries including Pax, Turley, Stags Leap, Paul Hobbs, and Flowers creating menus for yearly wine dinners hosted by American Seasons.
Being given the opportunity to return to his native province, Shaun had most recently been working as the Chef of Nicole’s Café on Fogo Island. During his time there, Shaun participated in the Savour Food and Wine Show in 2008. The Café ranked first in the hot food category. Shaun also participated in the St. Bonaventure Benefit Dinner and won second place on Karl Wells’ “Top 10 places to eat in 2008”.
Shaun can now be found putting his creative talents to work in the kitchen at Chinched Bistro. He works closely with local farmers putting together seasonal menus that will keep you coming back for more.