“I love walkable cities with a sense of history. I want my kids to feel grounded in a place and connected to their neighbours, that was the inspiration for adapting allsaints and launching Working Title Kitchen.”
Over the last decade, Leanne has led community movements to save a neighbourhood daycare and transform allsaints into a community hub with a bakery, restaurant and event space.
Passionate about urban development, Leanne has mobilized community stakeholders to purchase and re-purpose two historic buildings in Ottawa, collectively worth over $5 million. Leanne led the re-purposing and successful re-zoning of the allsaints property that will allow the heritage building to be restored and maintained for generations to enjoy. In 2017, Leanne was named by Ottawa Life Magazine as one of the top 25 people in Ottawa.
Christophe MeassonPastry Chef
Chef Measson is a committed pastry chef with over 30 years of international experience. Born in Yssingeaux, France, he trained at le Lycée Hotelier Les Bruyêres in Saint Chamond, then worked with some of the finest chefs at Michelin-star restaurants across Europe. In 2001, Chef Measson arrived in Toronto and started his Canadian pursuit into pastry, becoming Executive Pastry Chef at the Art Gallery of Ontario, during which time his work was voted Best Dessert of 2009 by The National Post. In 2010, Chef Measson became a Baking and Pastry Professor at George Brown College, where he created and led the Advanced French Pâtisserie International Program.
Jason MclellandCulinary Chef
Jason Mclelland was born and raised in Cellardyke, Scotland – a small town with a population of only 12 thousand people and a tough reputation. He learned to cook at a young age and has worked in Michelin-starred restaurants in Scotland, Paris, London and across Australia. In 2018, he moved to Canada with his wife and opened a restaurant in Mechanicsville, a neighbourhood that reminded him of his hometown. Chef Mclelland’s honest approach to cuisine focuses on making good food accessible to everyone. Being connected to the community is very important to him and he is proud to have a platform that allows him to nourish others.
Justin ApplerService Supervisor
A self-professed “humble server,” Justin promotes a culture of care that is strongly rooted in our team and extends to our community at large. Justin holds a master’s degree in political science and is passionate about sustainable communities. He firmly believes that solidarity among workers is necessary to provide our clientele with the best possible experience. An ambitious and compassionate member of our team, Justin consistently finds a way to appreciate everyone. He likes to be among people who aren’t afraid to reach out to those in need. “I like people who know their flaws and love themselves despite it,” he says. A seasoned traveller, Justin always says that “every day is a holiday.” He strives to help his guests escape monotony and find pleasure in life’s precious moments.
Prapti JensenOffice Manager
Prapti sees allsaints as a project with boundless possibilities – much akin to the saying by Sri Chinmoy “The fullness in life lies in dreaming and manifesting the impossible dream”.
With over two decades of owning and operating her own small business in the Sandy Hill neighborhood (Perfection-Satisfaction-Promise vegetarian restaurant) Prapti has collected a basket full of experience and people skills that she is thrilled to offer in consort with the inspired team at allsaints Event Space and Working Title Kitchen.
Rachel StadderSocial Media Management and Client Services
“Decadence is an end in itself.”
– Jenny Holzer
Having lived four years in France (Metz, Lyon, and Paris), Rachel appreciates la gastronomie française. Her favourite food is quenelle de brochet and she loves drinking wines from the Côte de Beaune. You’ll find her taking a picture of a cocktail for our Instagram feed or coordinating a family reunion. Rachel brings a delicate touch to our process of planning celebrations. A professional editor who studied English and French literature, her strong communication skills put our guests at ease online and off.