WHO WE ARE
Jason Zaran - Owner/Designated Food Eater
Family, friends, food, and fitness (not always in that order) have been cornerstones of Jason's life as far back as he can remember. A Business graduate from SAIT Polytechnic, Jason climbed the ranks of the food industry sector, ultimately heading up Canada's Western Region for H.J. Heinz company. His deep knowledge of the industry, passion for the dining experience, and countless meals on the go, led him to the "light bulb" discovery of The Main Dish. Thousand's of busy Calgarians now benefit from his unique lifestyle based eating alternative.
Matt Kearns - Corporate Chef
Matt graduated with Red Seal in the SAIT Culinary program in 2005 and has 11 years experience in the restaurant industry. One of his passions is fitness and he understands the importance of healthy cuisine. Matt prides himself on developing healthy recipes that taste great and are nutritious which makes him a perfect fit with The Main Dish concept. Matt has been with The Main Dish since day one in 2006 and is excited to show Calgary that The Main Dish is the best place to find healthy, athlete driven, and convenient meals.
Greg Brown - Operations Ninja
A graduate from the College of The Rockies in the Adventure Tourism program, Greg has been in the food service industry for 16 years and has a passion for customer service. When not in the restaurant engaging our regulars, you will find Greg shredding the mountains either on two wheels or two skis. His passion for fitness and a healthy lifestyle made The Main Dish a natural progression for Greg. Prior to The Main Dish, Greg has worked in the heli ski industry and operated a yoga hiking business based in Kananaskis. Greg is always open to a casual chat about the local mountain sport scene, especially if it’s over a Granville Island Winter Ale and a bowl of Southwest Chicken Quinoa.
Theo Tennisco – Edge School for Athletes Program Leader
Theo has been working in the food service and hospitality industry since the age of 16. A creative passion, attention to culinary detail, and a amicable personality is all part of the package with Theo. A Fine Arts University graduate with a minor in History and a keen interest in world religion, Theo consistently excelled in the food industry sector, eventually operating industrial kitchens throughout Canada. His most recent experience was in ther role of Executive Chef at the NATO air force base in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. Theo was also responsible for the menu design and implementation for The Youth Summer games, based in Alberta. Theo has extensive, worldwide travel and culinary experience and is able to speak French, Hebrew and English. His passions and hobbies include teaching and performing live music in percussion and strings as well as custom PC builds and repairs. Theo plays bass guitar for a successful local band, “Thrill of Falling”, as well as provides private drum and bass lessons from his home studio. Very approachable and friendly, Theo always has time to talk about food and nutrition.
Ian Benke - Head Chef, Bridgeland
Pam Zaran - Bookkeeping, Accounts Receiveable/Accounts Payable
Carissa Lazette - Marketing, Promotions, and Events Leader
Jesse Irwin - In House Certified Nutrition Consultant