Chef Paul Shufelt
Paul Shufelt followed his mom around the kitchen as a child but you could say his true culinary education began at 16, when he took a job as a dishwasher. After a short stint working in Montreal, Paul enrolled in the culinary apprenticeship program at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, while he worked under Chef Thomas Neukom at the Buffalo Mountain Lodge in Banff, AB. Upon completion of the program in 2001, Paul traveled to Switzerland to hone his craft, working with Chef Urs Thommen at Gasthof Baren Utzenstorf.
With his Swiss experience providing a strong foundation, Paul moved to Edmonton, taking the helm of one of Edmonton’s premier restaurant groups, where he resided for over ten years. After over two decades in the business it was time for Chef Paul to go it alone and fulfill his dream of opening his own place.
The inspiration for Workshop Eatery takes him back to his younger days, eating the bounty of the season and cooking simple comfort food, like mom used to.
When Chef Paul isn’t in kitchen he keeps busy by writing his weekly column for the Edmonton Sun where he provides mouth-watering and stress-free recipes for the modern family. Along with sharing his love and knowledge of anything food related, Chef Paul enjoys giving back to the community by supporting two of his favourite charities, Youth Empowerment Support Services, and Ronald McDonald House. When he has a few minutes to spare, he makes time to enjoy them with his loving wife and family.
Also known as Chef Paul’s partner in crime, Kristina is truly the face of our business. If you have visited us for lunch, chances are you have met Kristina. Her warm and genuine personality will leave a first impression like no other. Having spent nearly twenty years working in the hospitality industry, she is a natural at taking care of people. She takes great pleasure in making our guests feel like family during their visit, and it’s clear that she loves what she does! Far more than a smiling face, she is also the person behind the scenes, ensuring every detail of your special event or catering is delivered upon by our team. When she is not at work, she loves spending time with her family, putting up with her husband, Chef Paul, and camping, which is her happy place.
Chef de Cuisine/Partner
Nic joined our family shortly after the restaurant opened and made an immediate impact. He shows a passion and commitment for our team like no other, a trait which just can’t be taught. He also possesses a great creative mind, contributing to our overall food philosophy. After spending over a decade honing his craft, Nic has found a home here with our family, so much so, that we made him a partner in our business. He is a strong leader and helps to maintain our standards no matter what Chef Paul throws his way. We count ourselves lucky to have him on the team! When he’s not at the helm of the kitchen, you can find him dining around town, taking in rock shows, the latest movie or a hockey game.
Rachel joined the Workshop family in the summer of 2016, and it was quickly apparent that she was more than just another hostess. After only a few short months she blossomed into someone who could be counted on to manage the chaos that comes at the door of a busy restaurant, while maintaining her cool through it all. She understands the fine art of managing the room, while making sure to make our guests feel at home during their visit. If she’s not greeting you at the door, she’s likely nose-deep in a book, as she works diligently to complete her law degree. No big deal!
After years of experience working in everything from catering and camp cooking to fine dining, Colleen came back to work with Chef Paul again, in the spring of 2017. Since joining the family she has become more and more of a force in our kitchen with each passing day. Not only does she bring a wealth of experience in handling just about any situation, her positive energy and great attitude is infectious. When she isn’t leading the kitchen team at the restaurant you will likely find her camping or cuddling puppies, sometimes doing both at the same time!