Robert Pendergast Chef Services
Robert was cut from the Island clay in the 1970s, born into a family filled with storytelling, music, and with a healthy love of food. Growing up in Saint Louis, in Prince County, he was deep-rooted in the cultural and musical traditions of Prince Edward Island. One of six children, Robert learned early on the charms of the kitchen and the importance of breaking bread with others. His mixed Irish and Acadian heritage also meant he was exposed to a variety of cooking styles from an early age. Robert Pendergast Chef Services was inevitable and according to Robert, Islanders have a unique relationship with food that sets it apart”
There’s a generosity at the local level. People want to share things. They don’t want to just sell it to you, but they want to sit down and enjoy it with you too.
Robert Pendergast spent several years studying cooking and working in kitchens in Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto, as well as several venues in Poland, France, and The Netherlands. Though he loved the experience, his love of the Island drew him back a decade ago. He has been serving up unique dining experiences ever since.
Robert’s mobile catering services include sourcing PEI’s best oysters and seafood and providing serving and shucking; providing shellfish, soups, and sandwiches at events such as the East Coast Music Awards; and, catering a variety of indoor and outdoor weddings ranging in size from 50 to 250.
Robert has been hired to cater many special events and weddings over the years. These events range from catering to distinguished guests to the Island to community events. Some notable events include:
Visit of Will and Kate, Duke and Duchess of Cornwall
Robert was hired by the Culinary Institute of Canada to provide oyster services for the Royals during their stop on the Island in 2011.
One of Robert’s main offerings, these events blend the best of local food with a traditional house party including music.
Carrefour de l’Ile-Saint-Jean
Robert Pendergast also taps into his Acadian heritage and the Island community for events, such as community meals that include traditional French cooking such as mussels, steak & frites, and soupe à l’oignon.
From his years away, Robert has many friends and contacts in the culinary industry and makes regular appearances with fresh Island products at locations such as Montreal’s Nouveau Palais and with Toronto’s Oyster Boy as well as catering other events in those cities.
Indian River Festival
A long-time caterer, providing oyster-shucking services.
Interested in catering for a private event or party? Robert specializes in providing a special flavour and fresh oysters.