MEET OUR TEAM
Lakeside General Manager Sandy Dixon
Executive Chef Emily Mallen
Sandy Dixon joined Lakeside Seafood & Grill as the General Manager in 2019. She brought with her 25 years of experience in the food and beverage industry, most recently with the Oliver & Bonacini Café Grill in Blue Mountain Village. While at O&B Sandy took every opportunity to learn from the many Management Courses, Core Values, and as well, obtained her Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET), Level ll, Fine Vintage Certification.
As the General Manager, Sandy recognizes she is a member of a unique organization with a dedicated culture to serve our guests with caring hearts:
“My experience at Lakeside has been very special. I’m fortunate to work with Larry Law (Founder and CEO), his generosity to his community and employees is truly inspiring. Every time I turn around we are doing something gracious for our employees, seniors, and front-line heroes. And, we always aspire to do more...currently, with the assistance of many wonderful volunteers, we have prepared food baskets each week for our temporarily laid off colleagues.
It has been an honour to create an award-winning restaurant with Chef Emily and our Lakeside team. I'm very grateful for their passion and dedication to execute an exquisite dining experience for our guests."
Chef Emily's journey in the hospitality industry began 15 years ago upon her graduation from the George Brown College Culinary Arts Program. Her journey included a number of positions all over Canada, notably Muskoka, Toronto with Chef Mark McEwan, and Whistler. About 5 years ago, Emily joined Lakeside Seafood & Grill as Sous Chef, however with her incredible talent, passion for cooking and natural leadership skills, she quickly aspired to Executive Chef of Living Water Resorts.
Chef Emily and her incredible team have developed Lakeside into a premier destination in Collingwood. Emily's passion for travelling will always be found in her inspired land to sea dishes with unique flavours, made with only the finest and freshest ingredients.
Lakeside guests describe her food in online reviews as, “Michelin stars in my opinion,” “…amazing! Very creative dishes,” “Seafood is great, flatbread had lots of flavour and the mussels were awesome,” and “Calamari is some of the best that you’ll ever have”.
During the pandemic, Chef Emily has worked closely with Sandy Dixon (General Manager), to serve the local community with fabulous take-out and home delivery meals. As one takeout customer stated online: “A great local restaurant in normal times. And super takeout during the crisis. The chef went above and beyond to make our takeout experience memorable!”