Nextjen Gluten-Free began in the kitchen of Chef Jen Peters who honed her skills as a protégé of Chef Bruno Marti, the beloved godfather of fine dining cuisine in Canada. With Chef Marti’s guidance, Jen developed an uncompromising dedication to high-quality food ingredients. She then worked and trained in Michelin-starred restaurants in England. After returning home to Vancouver, BC and discovering she was gluten intolerant, she was determined to find a way to keep delicious breads, scones, and pastas in her life.
In her own home kitchen, she began research to create a gluten-free, hassle-free all-purpose baking blend that would allow her to enjoy life without giving up her favourite foods or settling for low-quality alternatives. In 2012, Jen finally perfected her recipe and founded Nextjen Gluten-Free with her partner, Chef Hamid Salimian.
The right ingredients mixed with uncompromising dedication.
Hamid Salimian has built a reputation as a “chef’s chef”, winning the respect of his peers for his eye for detail, insistence on quality, and his commitment to mentoring the next generation of chefs. He has held leadership positions in the kitchens of establishments such as Westin Bear Mountain in Victoria, Westin Wall Centre in Richmond, and Vancouver’s Diva at the Met, where he was recognized for his innovative approach to blending multicultural influences with traditional french fare and voted Georgia Straight newspaper Best Chef in the city by his restaurant peers. In the world of culinary competitions, he holds eight international gold medals and has also been a coach for Team BC and the Canadian team for Bocuse d’Or 2013.
Today, Hamid is the co-founder of Nextjen Gluten-Free as well as the company’s food photographer. He also acts as a culinary consultant for national brands such as Earls Kitchen + Bar, and shares his knowledge and expertise with a new generation of chiefs as an instructor in the VCC Culinary Arts program.
Developing baked goods and delicious food without any gluten requires
a bit of ingenuity.”
CEO & Founder
Hamid Salimian has a 30-year career in the hospitality industry as a top executive chef in Vancouver’s fine dining restaurants and an international award-winning culinary competitor. He is the co-founder of NextJen Gluten Free and jointly manages this successful gluten-free food production company with his partner.
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Chef Jen Peters honed her skills as a protégé of Chef Bruno Marti, the beloved godfather of fine dining cuisine in Canada. With Chef Marti’s guidance, Jen developed an uncompromising dedication to high-quality food ingredients. She then worked and trained in Michelin-starred restaurants in England. After returning home to
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