Chef Jesse Vergen


Chef Jesse Vergen

Jesse was raised on a small farm in the Fundy hills of New Brunswick, this early upbringing surrounded by gardens, tractors, the wilds of their “back forty” was the foundation to building one of Atlantic Canada’s most well-known Chefs, culinary insider and a leader in the local food movement on the east coast.

With a work hard / play hard mentality, Jesse is known as one of the few Chefs in Canada that not only cooks food.. but hunts, forages, cultivates, and raises it. He is often seen cooking alongside many of Canada’s top culinary talents at various events across Canada and is known through various tv appearances and other types of media as proud East coaster and one of the most fun to cook with.

He is the Chef and Co-owner of Saint John Alehouse (# 38 of Top 50 2013, Atlantic restaurant of the year 2014, “Where to eat in Canada” 2013-16), Smoking Pig BBQ (“Top 10 authentic BBQ spots” Sharp magazine, “10 Tastiest BBQ restaurants across Canada” Food Network Canada), Toro Taco, Barred Rock Fried Chicken, & McGills.

Jesse currently lives outside the city of Saint John New Brunswick on a small farm with his wife and 3 kids,where they grow vegetables and herbs for his restaurants.

Temporary Closure of Saint John Ale House Family of Restaurants

To protect the health and safety of our customers and staff during growing concern over COVID-19 (Coronavirus), the Saint John Ale House, Toro Taco and Barred Rock Chicken will be temporarily closed beginning Monday, March 16 at 5pm. Our business closure plan aligns with the Saint John school closure measures and our expected reopen date will be Monday, March 30, 2020.

As a business that has always taken pride in being an ethical and responsible member of the Saint John community, the Saint John Ale House is following the recommendation of health officials who have advised that social distancing is a critical measure to reducing the spread of COVID-19.

As this is a complex and evolving rapidly situation these temporary closure plans may change. Please follow updates on the Saint John Ale House family of restaurant social media channels on Facebook and Instagram.

" We would like to thank all our patrons for their understanding and support in helping us do our part to protect our staff, neighbours, friends, colleagues and community. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and we look forward to welcoming you back soon”

Pete and Jesse