Renowned top chef Charles Penwell is classically trained with over 40 years of experience in the restaurant business. A talented chef with experience at an array of prestigious hotels, resorts, and restaurants, his culinary career led him to pursue his passion for cooking in establishments in Canada, the United States, and the Caribbean.
Charles created, owned and operated the award-winning restaurant Rebecca’s Fine Dining for 13 seasons in scenic Port Carling, Muskoka. He is thrilled to be back home in the former Rebecca’s location as General Manager along side good friend and business partner, Executive Chef Richard Bynoe. Dedicated to creating exceptional food and service at his latest restaurant, Richwell’s Muskoka Fine Dining, Charles believes in using only freshest, highest-quality ingredients to prepare unique dishes his customers love.
Chef Richard Bynoe has extensive experience in the restaurant industry. He began his culinary career apprenticing under Scott Gerrie at Blue Mountain Resorts in Collingwood. From there, he moved to prestigious restaurant North 44 in Toronto to work with former Blue Mountain peer Brooke McDougall under celebrated chef Mark McEwan. Richard continued to grow his culinary resume, working as a chef at Bluestone Bistro in Markham, followed by the position of Executive Chef at Al Dente Restaurant in Pickering.
Bringing his passion for the culinary arts to Muskoka, Richard accepted a position from chef Charles Penwell at Rebecca’s Fine Dining in Port Carling. Good friends and now business partners, Richard and Charles brought to fruition the fresh fish and seafood store Field of Greens, which also prepared soups, salads and many other convenience foods for Muskoka cottagers. Following Field of Greens, they spent a number of years creating meals at the charming Patterson Kaye Resort. Richard and Charles are now dedicated to bringing a quality dining experience to their newest culinary adventure, Richwell’s Muskoka Fine Dining.
Passionate about quality customer service and great food, Heather Danko has over 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry. She’s had the pleasure of serving valued patrons in many Muskoka restaurants over the years, enjoying every minute of it. Heather attained her impressive management skills working at an Irish pub in Toronto. Thanks to hard work and dedication, she was fast-tracked from server, to corporate trainer, to assistant General Manager, and then to General Manager at a franchise in Waterloo.
As Front of House Manager at Richwell’s Muskoka Fine Dining, Heather has used her extensive hospitality experience to handpick a talented team that will exceed your expectations and deliver a truly tasty dining experience. Heather and the whole team look forward to hosting your next memorable dining experience.