Chef Chris Aerni
Chef / Owner of Rossmount Inn
After a traditional chef’s training in Switzerland and extended education in business studies in the hospitality industry, Chris Aerni travelled and worked in various restaurants and hotels gaining experience in the different kitchen ranks and corporate managerial positions from Australia to Toronto. In 2001 he and his wife purchased the Rossmount Inn in St. Andrews by the sea, New Brunswick, an 87 acre estate, set between the forest and the sea including an 18 room country Inn with a fully licensed bar and restaurant.
While fulfilling his chef’s dream and culinary vision, the restaurant at the Rossmount Inn has gained a wonderful reputation for its creative, market fresh cuisine honoring local ingredients and the people who produce them.
Today, Chris Aerni’s kitchen has become a reputable training ground for young chefs and culinary students. They have the opportunity to obtain culinary knowledge in a kitchen that focuses its daily menu on the availability of the products from the kitchen garden, the nearby organic farmers, the community supported fisheries and not least the seasonal foraging of wild foods such as mushrooms, cat tails, goose tongue greens, kelp, etc.
With a focus on demonstrating the use of local products in his restaurant at the Rossmount Inn and as an avid promoter of the Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick and Atlantic Canadian products, Chris has become a regular speaker at sustainable seafood events along the Atlantic coast.
Achievements at the Rossmount Inn Since 2001
Rossmount Inn has been featured in “Where to Eat in Canada” for the past five years initially with a two star rating and as of 2010 with three stars, making it the only three star venue in New Brunswick, one of two in the Maritimes and one of 23 in Canada
Rossmount Inn has been involved in a new documentary called the “Untamed Gourmet” featuring wild foraged foods which aired a few times in December with repeats throughout the year
Rossmount Inn was officially invited by Agriculture Canada and represented Canada with its local products in: Vancouver for the Olympic Games 2010 & in Calgary for the Stampede 2010
Rossmount Inn represented New Brunswick at the first National Chef’s Congress in Toronto in 2008
Recipient of the “Innovation Recognition” award in October 2010
Member of the Canadian “Signature Experience Collection”
The Inn, and in particular the restaurant, has become a destination point for Tourism New Brunswick when they entertain worldwide media and travel representatives
Board member of the Charlotte Country Tourism Association
Since 2009 a member of the advisory board to the Governor General in conjunction with the creation of a new Governor General’s Award in celebration of the Nations Table. Ongoing member of the same board.