Our Team

Meet the Whiskey Teller Team

Ryan Howell

Head Chef

Zachary Blease

“Enter as strangers – leave as family.”

Ryan’s goal as a Chef is to offer quality, humble food that makes you feel like you are at home – no matter where you are from.

His love for food and cooking began when he started working at the local sushi restaurant in his hometown of Cornerbrook, Newfoundland. 

He followed his passion to culinary school in Dartmouth and then to Lunenburg for an opportunity to continue learning under Chef Martin Salvador-Ruiz. This experience allowed Ryan to travel throughout the province of Nova Scotia, cooking and acquiring knowledge about the incredible bounty of ingredients this province had to offer. 

When he reached Annapolis Royal and met with Chef Chris Pyne and the team at The Whiskey Teller he knew that he had found his new home.  The smell of the sea, the view of the rolling landscape, and the kindness of the locals was confirmation enough. It is this feeling. One of comfort, and acceptance that he wants to pass on to all those who visit.

Welcome to the Whiskey Teller. Make yourself at home.

 

Whiskey Teller Team

Gavin Robichaud

Head Bartender

Gavin has worn many hats and called many places home. But after a short stint acting as a bar consultant at our sister restaurant, Founders House, he quickly became part of the family, which wasn’t too hard considering he and Chef Chris are cousins!

Gavin fell immediately in love with Annapolis Royal and the ethos of Founders House. “It’s really a wonderfully diverse part of the world when you consider the amount of beer, wine and spirits that are produced locally” He proudly states calling Nova Scotia his new home. His experience comes from the busy hustle of Sydney and South Australia’s Adelaide surrounded by famous wine regions like the Borassa Valley. It was here his love of wine peaked working at fine dining establishments Windy Point and the Red Oaker.

His time in Toronto is where he learned to love spirits and refine his palate for cocktails at Toronto’s Soho House. In his 5 years spent in Toronto he helped to open numerous establishments like The Good Son and Belfast Love to name a few. Now calling Annapolis Royal home he aims to continue to make every drink at Founders House, you’ll more often see his smiling face behind the bar here at Whiskey Teller. 

Gavin Robichaud

Ryan Howell

Head Chef

Zachary

“Enter as strangers – leave as family.”

Ryan’s goal as a Chef is to offer quality, humble food that makes you feel like you are at home – no matter where you are from. His love for food and cooking began when he started working at the local sushi restaurant in his hometown of Cornerbrook, Newfoundland. 

He followed his passion to culinary school in Dartmouth and then to Lunenburg for an opportunity to continue learning under Chef Martin Salvador-Ruiz. This experience allowed Ryan to travel throughout the province of Nova Scotia, cooking and acquiring knowledge about the incredible bounty of ingredients this province had to offer. 

When he reached Annapolis Royal and met with Chef Chris Pyne and the team at The Whiskey Teller he knew that he had found his new home.  The smell of the sea, the view of the rolling landscape, and the kindness of the locals was confirmation enough. It is this feeling. One of comfort, and acceptance that he wants to pass on to all those who visit.

Welcome to the Whiskey Teller. Make yourself at home.

Gavin Robichaud

Head Bartender

Gavin

Gavin has worn many hats and called many places home. But after a short stint acting as a bar consultant at our sister restaurant, Founders House, he quickly became part of the family, which wasn’t too hard considering he and Chef Chris are cousins!

Gavin fell immediately in love with Annapolis Royal and the ethos of Founders House. “It’s really a wonderfully diverse part of the world when you consider the amount of beer, wine and spirits that are produced locally” He proudly states calling Nova Scotia his new home. His experience comes from the busy hustle of Sydney and South Australia’s Adelaide surrounded by famous wine regions like the Borassa Valley. It was here his love of wine peaked working at fine dining establishments Windy Point and the Red Oaker.

His time in Toronto is where he learned to love spirits and refine his palate for cocktails at Toronto’s Soho House. In his 5 years spent in Toronto he helped to open numerous establishments like The Good Son and Belfast Love to name a few. Now calling Annapolis Royal home he aims to continue to make every drink at Founders House, you’ll more often see his smiling face behind the bar here at Whiskey Teller. 

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The Whiskey Teller is a special place and we will need special people to help us make experiences here great!

If you believe you can be one of those key members, email us with your resume and a cover letter telling us why you want to join the Whiskey Teller family.

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