Chef Kim Haugen at VELA Toronto
Fried chicken dish at VELA Toronto

Chef Kim Haugen

Chef Kim Haugen has been cooking professionally for 22 years. He started in South Australia where he grew up, and moved to the UK as the Shoreditch House's sous chef at the young age of 23.

As most Australians do, he first arrived in Canada via Whistler and eventually made his way to Toronto, working at Soho House, Montecito, Beverly Hotel and The Goodson, until stepping into his new role at VELA. As a head chef of VELA, Chef Kim Haugen is excited to help mentor the next generation of chefs.

He loves to please guests with approachable dishes done in an entertaining way, and believes that food should be fun and enhance the overall dining experience.