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Meet Our Executive Chef


Shaun McConnell


Executive Chef

Chef Shaun grew up on a farm just outside of the small town of Glaslyn, Saskatchewan. Out of high school Shaun pursued a career in oil & gas. After multiple very cold winters in northern Alberta Shaun felt the need for a career change. He enrolled in 2 programs at Sask Polytechnic. One being professional cooking and the other being power engineering. Being accepted for both courses, a life changing decision had to be made. Following his gut instinct he chose a career in culinary arts.

With no formal training he stepped into a professional kitchen for the first time in his life and knew that he had made the right decision. His love of food and the appreciation of the hard work that it takes to get food to people’s plate, as well has a work ethic only possible from growing up on a family farm; he naturally excelled quickly graduating with distinction in 2012. Working at Riverside straight out of school as well as many other notable Saskatoon restaurants during the winter months, Shaun honed his skills and knowledge to help form the culinary vision you see at Riverside today.

He has received his Canadian Red Seal as a Journeyman and is now pursuing his CCC (certified chef de cuisine) the highest delegation possible in Canada. He was invited in 2018 to compete in Canada’s Great Kitchen Party (formerly Gold Medal Plates) an exclusive cooking competition for the top chefs in Saskatoon. He has also been a part of multiple Gold & Silver medal winning teams with Riverside Country Club at the GCKP (GMP) as well as Sous Chef at The Canadian Culinary Championships in Kelowna, British Columbia. Shaun is an active member of the Saskatoon Culinary Federation as well as Slow Food Saskatoon which focuses on food that is good, clean & fair.

Clubhouse Dress Code

The Board of Directors and Management trust that members and their guests will choose to dress in a manner suitable to the extraordinary surroundings and services provided at Riverside Country Club. In the Clubhouse upscale casual attire, including dressed-up denim, is also suitable. Etiquette applies. As an example, gentlemen are asked to remove their hats in the Clubhouse.
Members and guests dressed inappropriately in the opinion of Management or their designate can expect to be asked to adjust their attire or depart the property.