Executive Chef Andrew Smith
Chef Andrew Smith has been leading the Kitchen team at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino since October 2012. Born and raised in PEI, Andrew has made his home with his wife, Meredith, and son, Aidan, in North Winsloe amongst his family roots.
He began his formal training in 2004 at the Culinary Institute of Canada. After graduation, Andrew accepted a position with Delta Hotels and Resorts and ventured across the country to the Rocky Mountains of Kananaskis. Two years later, he was offered a position with the Delta Prince Edward, giving him the option to come back home. It wasn’t a hard decision for Andrew to return to the Island and continue his culinary career.
In 2007, Andrew was offered a position at the Dayboat Restaurant, in Oyster Bed Bridge. Working at Dayboat gave Andrew the opportunity to learn new techniques and work with local farmers and product. After the 2008 season at Dayboat, Andrew returned to Delta Prince Edward eventually making his way into the banquet kitchen as Sous Chef. Andrew continued to grow in this position, learning many different styles to suit the needs of every group. Whether it was an intimate dinner for 10, a plated dinner for 500 or an offsite party at the beach, Andrew thrived in this position as he faced the challenges with confidence.
In 2012, after spending three years as Sous Chef at Delta Prince Edward, Andrew left his position to take on the role of Executive Chef for Red Shores. Since joining the team, Chef Andrew and his team have received awards in the local culinary community such as Best Dessert 2013 at Savour Food and Wine Show and Runner Up in Taste the Island 2013.
Having developed a passion and interest in cooking in his teen years, Chef Andrew’s creativity and desire to achieve culinary excellence continues to fuel his efforts as an important part of the team at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino.
Sous Chef Glen Squires
Glen Squires has been the Sous Chef at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino since its inception in 2005. Born in Newfoundland, Glen moved to PEI after graduating from Memorial University to attend the Culinary Institute of Canada. Glen has made his home with his wife, Shasta, and daughter Ruby, in Stratford.
After Graduation in the year 2000, Glen had the opportunity to work at Chateau Lake Lousie in Alberta under Chef Dominique Gauett. Glen was then offered an opportunity to move to Kitchener Ontario and work at the Elmira Golf and Country Club under Chef Michael Boileau.
After a few years working off Island, Glen was offered an opportunity to return to PEI and work for Peter Hyndman at Otis McCassey’s. Glen worked seasonally between PEI and Vero Beach, Florida working under Chef John Farnsworth at John’s Island Club in Vero Beach.
Sous Chef Glen Squires creativity and incredible pallet make him a key player and an asset to the culinary team at Red Shores.
Pastry Chef Amelia Howards
Amelia started cultivating both her sweet tooth, and her love of cooking at a young age. A career as a pastry chef might have seemed like a no-brainer, but she bounced from studying Fine Art and Art History to Graphic Design to Digital Media before finally landing in the Culinary Arts Program at the Culinary Institute of Canada in 2005.
After graduating from the Culinary Institute in 2009 with a diploma in Culinary Arts, and an Applied Degree in Culinary Operations, Amelia went on to work at several Charlottetown restaurants, including Flex Mussels and The Dundee Arms Inn. Her sugar crush blossomed into a full-blown love affair, and she accepted her first position as Pastry Chef at Dalvay-by-the-Sea, where she worked for the 2012 summer season.
Amelia joined the Red Shores team as Pastry Chef in the fall of 2012 and has been satisfying Charlottetown’s sweet tooth ever since. She brought home the award for “Best Dessert” by popular vote at the 2012 Savour Food & Wine Show, maintaining Red Shores’ 5 year winning streak! Amelia is looking forward to more opportunities to showcase her skills, and encourages everyone to come and experience the sugar high at Top of the Park.
Lee Drake, Manager Marketing, Brands & PlayWise
Lee is the Manager of Marketing & Sales with Red Shore’s properties at Summerside and Charlottetown.
He’s a proud Rotarian and is also an active member in the community serving on a number of committees. He is chairman of the Special Events Reserve Fund that was set up to support events and attractions coming to Charlottetown. He spent 18 years in the broadcast industry and has an extensive background in the harness racing industry serving from 2005 to 2010 as marketing director with Harness Racing PEI.
Lee joins the management team at Red Shores led by Managing Director Michael MacKinnon and Manager of Operations Heidi Duchesne. He and his marketing team are responsible in making Red Shores operations a leading community and entertainment destination in racing, dining and gaming.
Their signature events include the Governor’s Plate, Gold Cup & Saucer, PEI Poker Challenge and Atlantic Canada Poker Championship along with other lines of new customer experiences. Drake is also in command of the Race Day broadcast team that joins veteran track announcer Vance Cameron on live presentations. The broadcast team also includes Peter MacPhee, JD MacDonald and Bo Ford.
His wife is Jennifer Evans, general manager of Ocean 100 and The New Hot 105.5. They reside in Sherwood with their daughter Laurel and son John.
Lisa MacDougall, Sales Lead
Lisa is Sales Lead for Red Shores Charlottetown & Summerside properties. Lisa has over 20 years of experience in the Hospitality Industry. She graduated from the Hospitality Management Program at Holland College and through the years she has worked in all aspects of the industry for the PEI Rocket, Rodd Hotels & Resorts and Best Western. Lisa joined the Red Shores Team in May of 2012 in the Gaming and Food & Beverage departments, then joined the Marketing & Sales Team in May of 2013, before taking on her current position of Sales Lead in April of 2015. She has a lengthy background of event and conference planning within the industry and would be pleased to put together a special event for your group. Make your event a hit by giving your group a “Red Shores Experience.”
Beth Doucette, Event Specialist
Beth is the Event Specialist for both RED SHORES properties, in Charlottetown and Summerside. Beth joined the team at RED SHORES in May 2009 as a Food and Beverage Supervisor where she developed a solid reputation for exceeding customers’ expectations, Beth joined the Sales team in June 2015. Beth is a graduate of Holland College from the Hotel and Restaurant Management Program, Beth and the Events team has a keen attention to detail and is ready to help you execute your next event.