There is a new chef in town at Timmies and his name is Tallis Voakes.
Voakes official role is the ‘Culinary Lead’ and is tasked with “elevating the quality of Tim Hortons menu items by making sure every donut, every sandwich and every item on the Tims menu is as delicious and fresh as it can be.”
Voakes made his mark in the culinary world by starting off working at a Tim Hortons as a teenager. He then progressed to be formally trained at Le Cordon Bleu in Ottawa and went on to work with world-renowned chefs including Nobu Matsuhisa and Jason Atherton at Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant Maze, and at three one-Michelin-star restaurants. He’s also been an in-demand food stylist for Hollywood and TV productions including “The Handmaid’s Tale.”
So he has experience.
“My mission of making the food at Tim Hortons even better for our guests across Canada is just so, so exciting,” says Voakes. “There are many things that are already awesome and you don’t mess with a good thing. And then there’s other things that we’re looking at amping up the flavour a little more here, or changing a different ingredient there. It’s about making sure that all the elements of a sandwich, or a soup, or a donut, are all the very best and create a ‘wow’ eating experience. That’s what makes food more craveable.”
“At the end of the day in all restaurants — and it doesn’t matter if it’s Tim Hortons or a posh restaurant — it’s all about the art of execution and repetition. It’s an art form doing something again and again as best as you can do each and every time,” says Voakes.