Faces At The Races: Executive Chef Michael Keeler

The racetrack where he works isn’t home to the Queen’s Plate, but when he’s at the post, Executive Chef Michael Keeler makes sure the experience is fit for a king. Although live racing is the main attraction at Assiniboia Downs, those who attend the Winnipeg oval – whether they win or lose at the windows – will certainly have some food for thought after the final race has been run. That’s just what you’d expect when you have an award-winning chef on-track. For the past five years, Keeler has led a team that consistently gets rave reviews for their culinary creations, crowd-pleasing dishes that keep patrons coming back for seconds. “I forwarded my résumé, survived two rounds of interviews and a third meeting,” recalled Keeler, of how he landed the role. “Every day is different and has different challenges. That’s what keeps the job from becoming stagnant and boring. The…

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