Culinary Experience

A Taste of Peru

With Chef Mario Navarrete Jr.

Ki Explore is teaming up with Chef Mario Navarrete Jr. from Madre Sur Fleury. Chef Mario’s cuisine is inspired by his Peruvian and Italian roots, his training with Michelin star chefs around the world and his own love of travel. He is preparing an exclusive tasting menu for us that will have you exploring Peru through all your senses.

So join us for an intimate evening with Chef Mario, where he’ll share his love of Peru…the country, the food, his favourite ingredients and a signature cocktail.

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Chef Mario Navarrete Jr

Chef and Owner of Madre sur Fleury

Mario was born in Peru, to a Peruvian father and Italian mother. He studied Culinary and Pastry Arts in Montreal and worked in landmark Montreal restaurants such as Café Ferreira, Les Caprices de Nicolas, Bice and Hotel Germain. It was during this time that Mario began thinking about his roots and Latin cuisine. He researched Nuevo Latino and went to study with Chef Guillermo Pernot from Paśion in Philadelphia and at Alma de Cuba with Master Chef Douglas Rodriguez. He pursued his training in New York City with Michelin star Chef Daniel Boulud at Café Boulud and at Daniel. Armed with his French and Latin culinary education, he returned to Montreal and opened his first restaurant, Raza, an upscale Peruvian restaurant on Avenue Laurier.

In 2005, Air Canada’s enRoute magazine named Raza one of Montreal’s best restaurants. The accolades flowed continuously, and Chef Mario later opened Madre sur Masson and Madre sur Fleury to make Peruvian food more accessible. He could certainly play the prestige card if he wanted to, but he chooses to stay true to his traditional roots at the restaurant he still runs today, Madre sur Fleury. The official menu remains family oriented, but Ki Explore teamed up with Chef Mario to create some exclusive pop-up events where you can experience a variety of Chef Mario’s cuisine inspired by Nuevo Latino, his Latin roots, French culinary education and of course his Madre, which means mother in Spanish.

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Paule Marchand

Consultant and Instructor, Business Development

— As President of Satellite Business Strategies, I have experienced both sides of the clientservice coin in the professional and financial services sectors in both Canada and Hong Kong.

Since 1997, I have been developing and leading training sessions to help professionals establish privileged and long-lasting business relationships with their clients. To date, I have trained more than 23,000 professionals and given numerous conferences on Business Development in Canada, Europe, Asia and the United States. I also coach clients to help them develop long lasting business relationships.

I LOVE travelling and meeting people from around the world. Before I started mt career in business I worked as a G.O. for Club Med.