College mourns loss of chef professor Philippe Corbiere


Chef professor Philippe Corbiere is pictured above.

Flags have been lowered at Niagara College to honour the memory of chef professor Philippe Corbiere.

Chef Corbiere, 52, died on July 17, 2015 after a battle with cancer.

Visitation will take place on Tuesday, July 21, 7-9 p.m., and Wednesday, July 11 at 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at Turner and Porter – Yorke Chapel, in Toronto (2357 Bloor St .W.).

The funeral will be held on Thursday, July 23, 11 a.m., at Turner and Porter – Yorke Chapel.

A message from Craig Youdale, dean of the Canadian Food and Wine Institute is below:

With an incredibly heavy heart I bring you all the news that Philippe Corbiere passed last night.

He spent his final months surrounded by his family and I know many of you made the trip to Toronto so see him and make him feel so cared for.

Philippe will never be replaced and our team will miss him every day … but hopefully he is watching all of us and we can continue to think of all the great moments we spent together.

On a personal note, Philippe and I shared so much together with sharing about teaching, competitions, events and just getting to know each other as colleagues and friends. There is not enough typing space on this message to share all those moments. One I will cherish forever was the chance to be beside him in Vancouver when Megan Proper climbed the podium to receive her National Gold Medal. Tears were streaming down his face and you could not have seen someone more proud and excited than Philippe was that day … that’s the day I will choose when I think of him.

Take comfort in knowing he is no longer in pain and his family can begin to heal. I have not lost a co-worker today … I have lost a friend.

Salut Mon Ami…..vous allez me manquer.

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