Co-Chefs and Co-Owners


Drawing quality and creativity from collaboration, the co-chef concept works best at CHARCUT.

John Jackson

Young, funny and deliriously hard working, Chef Jackson is making Calgary a better place to eat, live and love.

Connie DeSousa

Top Chef Canada finalist, Chef DeSousa prepares authentic, regional food with value and acclaim. 


Better Together

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John Jackson and Connie DeSousa enter their fifth year as co-owners and co-executive chefs of Calgary, Alberta’s CHARCUT Roast House buoyed and mindful of value, sustainability, creativity and the promise food holds for community, local and global. Riding a wave of attention and a rush of critical and guest accolades, their urban-rustic fare shows Canada’s agricultural best in a busy and stylish downtown restaurant and bar.

Each trained and staged in coveted food destinations. Notably, Jackson staged at London’s River Café and Paris’ Le Jardin des Cygnes; DeSousa at New York’s Jean-Georges and San Francisco’s Quince. A Prairie-born visionary and community change-maker, Jackson studied artisanal sausage-making in Italy’s Marche to fully appreciate the value of ingredient provenance. A native Albertan who is now considered one of Canada’s top female chefs after placing as a Food Network Top Chef Canada finalist, DeSousa honed her butchery skills in Berkeley at Chez Panisse. 

Before independent travels, they met and worked together in Calgary, then opened San Francisco’s prestigious Mobil 5-Star St. Regis Hotel, then returned to Calgary to open their first venture side-by-side in 2010. CHARCUT Roast House presents “back-to-basics” food expertly prepared, fresh and from scratch. 

Recognition highlights include: enRoute Magazine’s best new Canadian restaurant top-ten; Avenue Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40; FoodService and Hospitality Magazine’s Best Independent Restaurateurs; Vacay.ca’s best restaurant; Maclean’s Magazine top 50 Restaurants in Canada; ACE Bakery Tastemakers; Cook It Raw community ambassadors. The cookery-and-business partners are cause-conscious, raising funds and awareness for a range of charities. Their second venture charbar opened in June of 2015 in Calgary's trendy East Village. Alley Burger finds it's home in charbar's alley, with a walk-thru window for a fast-service option, which is an experience like no other.