We all know that sometimes, circumstances require you to substitute ingredients when cooking up a meal. On occasion, it's necessary to make the same move when programming a conference. Today, we're sad to announce that Patañjali Chary is unable to join us this year as planned. However, we're delighted to announce that Chef Jon Rennie will take to the stage to explore the topic of experience design from his perspective in the professional kitchen.

Jon is the CCP (Chef, Cook, Partner) at both Bhima’s Warung and the upcoming Loloan Lobby
Bar in Waterloo. If you've eaten at Bhima's, we'll pause here for a moment while you settle down — because yes, the food is THAT good and we're just as excited!


Jon is driven by a passion for creating food experiences based on flavour memories. We suspect this began during his childhood, when Jon would routinely order the strangest items he could find on every menu. Today, he's known for discovering ways to evoke emotions in his customers that recall their own childhood memories. This requires a relentless pursuit of flavour, which Jon has taken quite literally through extensive travels in Southeast Asia. As a result, he can draw upon on a vast cultural landscape when creating dishes back home and striving to evoke a particular physical, emotional, or relational response.

As a young teen, Jon honed his skills by failing, learning, and improving. He attended George Brown College, then worked at restaurants in Toronto and Waterloo Region where he continued to learn important lessons — including many that he wants NEVER to learn again. Jon has a deeply felt connection with local agriculture and the people whose hard work produces the resources that allow him to cook. Farmers, ranchers, suppliers, fellow chefs, cooks, gardeners, friends, sommeliers, nieces, nephews, and Andrea his wife — all these people give Jon a different set of perspectives on cuisine and feed his goal of evoking strong, specific responses in his customers.

Don't miss Jon's talk at Fluxible, titled Experience Design in the Kitchen.