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Stephen Beckta, Owner
Stephen Beckta is proprietor of Play, and its sister restaurant, Beckta dining & wine, one of Ottawa’s premier fine dining restaurants. After graduating with honours from Algonquin College’s Sommelier program, Stephen departed Ottawa to hone his skills in New York City for four years with the top players in the restaurant industry. Stephen started at Café Boulud working for the celebrated chef, Daniel Boulud, followed by two years with renowned restaurateur Danny Meyer at Eleven Madison Park before returning to his native city. Stephen has been named Top Independent Restaurateur in Ontario by the Ontario Hostelry Institute (2007), won the Bill Joe Restaurateur of the Year Award by the Ontario Restaurant Association in 2011, nominated for the Ontario Premier’s Awards in Business twice (2006, 2010), named one of Ottawa’s Top 40 under 40 by the Ottawa Business Journal (2008) and Algonquin College’s Alumni of the year (2010).
Michael Moffatt, Executive Chef
Michael Moffatt is the Executive Chef of both Play, and its critically acclaimed sister restaurant Beckta dining & wine. Michael’s cuisine has been described as “consistently inventive and delicious”. He spent many years working in renowned kitchens including The River Café, one of New York’s most iconic restaurants as well as the CAA 5 Diamond Award winning kitchen at the Rimrock Resort in Banff, AB. Michael is a proud Algonquin College Culinary Arts Graduate and now chairs the Advisory Board for the Culinary program. Michael began his tenure at Beckta as Sous-Chef in 2003, before taking over the reins as Chef in 2006.
Clay Cardillo, Director of Operations
Clay Cardillo is the Director of Operations for Play, as well as for its sister restaurants gezellig and Beckta dining & wine. Clay completed the Algonquin Culinary Program in 1998 before becoming the Sous Chef for LeMetro in Ottawa. From there Clay worked in the kitchens of the NAC and The Keg,and was soon promoted within The Keg to open restaurants as Kitchen Manager. Here he began to find that while he got into the business to work with food and wine, he enjoyed working with the people in the restaurants as much as the product. Before long, Clay was recruited by SirCorp, then a small Canadian restaurant corporation, to be the opening Kitchen Manager and then General Manager for a number of restaurants throughout Southern Ontario. After 9 years and soon after the birth of his first child, Clay left SirCorp to become Business Development Manager at Cara, where he helped owners develop their people and restaurants. In 2012, Clay joined the Beckta family of restaurants as Director of Operations of Beckta dining & wine, Play food & wine and gezellig, where he is happy to fulfill his passion for building business by driving hospitality.
Sarah French, General Manager - Currently on Mat Leave
Sarah French grew up in the upper Ottawa Valley where she was raised with an appreciation for food that was organic and local, and home cooked meals were prepared fresh from the family garden. Her career in hospitality began over a decade ago when she started serving in a restaurant near her home. Here, the chef, who was dedicated to using the freshest possible ingredients, obtained most of his produce from his family farm mere kilometres from the restaurant. These beginnings formed a lasting impression on Sarah. Since then, Sarah has continued to expand her keen sense of taste for nuanced flavour combinations in both food and wine. Her affection for all things food and wine has led her to broaden her amazing front-of-the-house skills, resulting in a well-rounded and caring manner. Sarah joined Play in 2009 as a server, and with us found a home where her respect for fine dining, paired with sensitive and responsive service, has blossomed. She joined our management team as Head Server in 2010, moved into the role of service manager in early 2012 and was promoted to General Manager later that year.
Connor Gallagher, Sommelier
Connor Gallagher 
Dominique Lapointe, Sous Chef
Dominique Lapointe 
Alexandra Mongrain, Events Coordinator & Office Manager
Alexandra Mongrain 
Miranda Pregent, Head Server
Miranda Pregent got her early start in the restaurant business at 16, when she started working part-time for a family friend who owned a restaurant. Her first jobs there included hostessing, back-waiting, and just generally helping out where needed in the restaurant. Miranda found herself hooked at an early age on the dynamic pace of the business and interesting people she discovered along the way. She eventually moved on to larger corporate restaurants in suburban Ottawa where for the next eight years, she moved from hostess, to server, head server, bartender and then management. After earning a degree in public relations, Miranda decided to change things up and came to work downtown in Ottawa's Byward Market with the management team at The Grand. Miranda loves the pace and clientele in Ottawa's most bustling neighborhood, and finds constant joy in discovering new and interesting food and wine. She joined the team at Play as a server in the summer of 2011, and became head server in January of 2012.
Tim Stock, Chef de Cuisine
Tim Stock decided to pursue his longtime passion for cooking by enrolling in the culinary program at the North Alberta Institute of Technology in Edmonton after completing his first university degree in Fine Arts. With his artistic background and creative ability, Tim found his calling in culinary school and participated in provincial, national and international student competitions, before graduating with honours. After working in kitchens at the Hotel McDonald Fairmont and The Westin hotel in Edmonton Tim went home to Winnipeg where he worked at the acclaimed restaurant, Dubrovniks, apprenticing under Chef Gojko Bodiriga and achieving his red seal certification, and then went on to Sous Chef at Promenade Bistro. Tim then moved to Ottawa to work at Beckta dining & wine and learn from Executive Chef Michael Moffat for nearly a year before returning home once again to become Executive Chef at the Minniwasta Golf and Country club. He took a break to travel throughout South America for 9 months, where he learned new perspectives and techniques along the way. After returning home from his travels, Tim returned to Ottawa to join the team at Play food & wine as Chef de Cuisine.
Jaclynn White, Hospitality Manager
Jaclynn White Jaclynn began her adventure in the hospitality industry after spending a year abroad in Northern Italy. Her growing love for food and wine eventually led her to Play where she began as the Events Coordinator. Most recently Jaclynn has adopted the role of Hospitality Manager.