JON SVAZAS - CHEF & OWNER

After spending the last 12 years working in kitchens, Jon opened Fauna in 2014 in Centretown.  Prior to that Jon worked at Taylor’s Genuine Food and Wine, Domus Cafe, Farbs Kitchen, Vittoria Trattoria and the Arc Hotel. Jon is happiest in the kitchen and hanging out with his family.

Zachary Resnick - Chef de Cuisine

Born in Ottawa and attended Algonquin College Culinary program. Bounced around the Byward Market for a few years at various restaurants (Metropolitan Brasserie, Luxe Bistro, Meditheo, Stella Osteria). Zach landed a job at Signatures at Le Cordon Bleu under Yannick Anton. Worked at Signatures for two years before meeting Jon Svazas and taking the position of Sous Chef at Fauna.

Alex, McMahon - Wine Director

Alex McMahon’s interest in restaurants began in 2009 when he took a job as a dishwasher at Murray Street Kitchen, Wine and Charcuterie in Ottawa. After a brief stint in the kitchen at John Taylor’s Domus café he moved along to Beckta Dining and Wine where he got his start in hospitality and developed a love for wine. McMahon’s next position was as assistant sommelier at Back Lane Café where he worked under sommelier Paul Tretina and owner George Monsour. After achieving his intermediate and advanced sommelier certificates from the WSET Alex took sales jobs with Karlo Estates and Malivoire Winery where he worked up until leaving to help open Chef Matt Carmichael’s hugely popular El Camino in 2013.  Shortly after opening fauna in 2014 Alex was invited to intern at Chef René Redzepi Noma in Copenhagan DK.

Eryn Huskins - General Manager & Sommelier

Originally from Halifax N.S., Eryn’s passion for hospitality began at a young age, now with 15 years experience in the industry. At the age of 25, while working with Prime Restaurant Group, Eryn was awarded ‘Ontario Hostelry Institute Top 30 under 30'. Working her way through positions including Server, Bartender, Bar Manager she then moved on to a bartending position with Play Food & Wine.  Here she spent 4 years with the Stephen Beckta group dedicating herself to learning the skills of finer dining and developing a passion for wine.  In 2016, Eryn successfully achieved a Sommelier certification with The Court of Master Sommeliers and continues her educational journey in the world of wine and hospitality.

Matt Millard - Head Bartender

Matt was born and raised in Aberdeen, Scotland. He fell in love with bartending while working at Panda and Sons in Edinburgh where he was trained by some of the best bartenders in the UK. He finds himself living in the Nation’s capital after meeting his Canadian wife Amy while on vacation in Whistler, BC.  Matt is an award winning bartender and comes to Bar Laurel with the passion and energy to constantly push himself and his craft.