Jefferson Alvarez was 16 years old, and had already known for most of a decade that he wanted to be a professional cook, when he left his native Venezuela, with its pampas-fed beef, chickens scratching busily in pens, and vegetable gardens everywhere—all making for great, healthy eating.

Splendido is well known as a preferred destination for truly fine dining in Toronto. Owner Yannick Bigourdan knows the secret of consummate entrepreneurs: that the smallest details count more than anything in creating an impeccable experience for a discerning clientele.