Chef & Culinary Team

Meet our talented Red Seal Certified Chefs and culinary team.

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Samantha Hache — Executive Chef

Samantha studied culinary arts at the esteemed Niagara College Canadian Food and Wine Institute. Following her studies, she worked as an artisanal bread baker in Niagara-On-The-Lake and in a variety of kitchens. Samantha has over a decade of refining her skills as a chef and operating a kitchen, and is a Red Seal Certified Chef.

I really enjoy being a part of a team and I make it my goal to achieve the best possible dining experience for our residents.


Taylor Carlson — Sous Chef

Taylor has been part of the team at Heritage River since 2011. She began her career as a server in the dining room. While working as a server, the daily interactions she had with the residents was something she looked forward to. She then began to work in the kitchen as a cook and was promoted to Sous Chef. Taylor’s passion for food drives her aspiration to become a Red Seal Chef.

“Heritage River is like one big family; from the amazing staff I work alongside, to the wonderful residents that live here — working in their home is an honour. Seeing each resident’s smiling face every day is such a rewarding feeling. ”


Ashleigh Moores — Dining Coordinator

Ashleigh joined the Heritage River team in 2018 with a background in restaurant management. With over a decade of experience in the restaurant industry, Ashleigh returned to school to become a Personal Support Worker (PSW). She loves putting her combined skills of dining and PSW to use in enhancing our residents’ lives every day.

“It is truly special to see the bond between our residents and our staff. We are like one big family and I am very proud to be a part of it.”


Enisa Nezirovic — Apprentice Chef

I’ve been working at Heritage River since late 2019. I’ve loved cooking for as long as I can remember. I went to post-secondary school for culinary arts and graduated with a two-year culinary diploma. I am eager and very excited to apply what I’ve learned and continue to gain knowledge and grow as a chef.

"I love working at Heritage River because my co-workers are great to work with and I’m challenged in a exciting way every day."


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