Two prominent new chefs coming to Niagara Falls restaurants


Published May 12, 2023 at 12:32 pm

Niagara Parks is bringing in two new prominent and world-class chefs (both named Matthew) to their Table Rock House and Queen Victoria Place restaurants.

Following the retirement of long-time Niagara Parks Chef Elbert Wiersema at Table Rock House Restaurant, award-winning Chef Matthew Krupa is stepping into the kitchen, mere meters from Niagara Falls.

At Queen Victoria Place Restaurant, Niagara-born-and-raised Chef Matthew Hemmingsen has unveiled a fresh new locally sourced menu, just in time for the season opening of the restaurant.

A graduate of the Niagara College Culinary Management Program, Krupa began his career in Europe at a 3-Star Michelin Restaurant, eventually returning home where he was recognized as one of the “Top 30 under 30” up-and-comers by the Ontario Hostelry Institute.

Krupa developed a unique cooking identity rooted in old French-based techniques, integrating elements of nouvelle cuisine and new world flavours. His blends of international flavours were further developed as Senior Sous Chef at Langdon Hall, a Relais and Chateaux property recognized as a coveted AAA Five Diamond venue.

More recently, his passion for Niagara living led him back to the region to gain experience at iconic Niagara wineries and eateries, including, Peller Estates, Trius Winery, Megalomaniac, Good Earth Food and Wine and The Chase.

Meanwhile at Queen Victoria Place Restaurant, newcomer Hemmingsen prides himself in showcasing the fantastic local and seasonal ingredients from the Niagara region. He holds fond childhood memories of harvesting fruits and vegetables on his family’s farm, developing a deep appreciation for the ingredients with which he works.

Also a graduate of Niagara College’s Culinary Management Program, Hemmingsen is passionate about supporting culinary excellence within the community, industry and region. From his time spent at Cherry Hill Country Club to Peninsula Ridge Estates Winery, he has continually incorporated the offerings of Niagara.

While apprenticing at Rinderlin’s Dining Room, he developed a classical European take on cooking, while working alongside some of the top chefs in the region.

Chef Matthew Hemmingsen is bringing a new menu to Queen Victoria Place Restaurant diners.