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Faces At The Races: Executive Chef Michael Keeler

Michael Keeler has found the recipe for success, and great is food always a good bet at Assiniboia Downs.

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By: Chris Lomon |

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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