Ontario chef missing for more than a week found outside the province, police say

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Jonathan Gushue. — File photo by J. Bielaski/Special to The Telegram

CAMBRIDGE, Ont. — A renowned Ontario chef whose family reported him missing after not hearing from him for several days was located outside the province Thursday afternoon.

Jonathan Gushue, who heads the kitchen at Langdon Hall, a luxury hotel in Cambridge, Ont., is alive and well, police said, though they’re not saying where.

“We had a job to do: find a missing person,” said Waterloo Regional Police spokesman Olaf Heinzel. “We located him. We’re satisfied he’s OK and in that sense we’re pretty well closing the case on this.”

Gushue was last seen checking out of a hotel in downtown Toronto on New Year’s Eve, though the 41-year-old’s relatives hadn’t heard from him since the day before, police said.

The chef has disappeared for days at a time in the past, but the length of time since his family had last heard from him this time prompted them to call police.

Investigators had said he may have also been going by the name Jonathan Herder, using his middle name as his last name.

Police are now closing the case, saying it’s not their job to see that he returns to Ontario.

“Our concern was to locate him and report back to the family and that’s what we’ve done,” Heinzel said. “It was reported to us from another police agency that he is fine.”

When asked if Gushue himself contacted police to let them know he was safe, Heinzel simply said they had “located him with the assistance of another police service.”

Chef David Sider is filling in for Gushue, Langdon Hall said this week.

Before taking his current job, Gushue worked at several high-profile hotel restaurants, including the now-closed Truffles restaurant at the Four Seasons in Toronto.

A biography on the Langdon Hall website said the award-winning chef was born in St. John’s, N.L., but moved away at age 19.

Geographic location: Ontario, CAMBRIDGE, Toronto

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  • don
    January 10, 2013 - 20:10

    Imagine all the cost and resources used to find this clown . If he was conscious he must have known this search was going on . Do you think all this effort would have been used for some Joe Blow-Dont think so.

  • baynurse
    January 10, 2013 - 18:59

    Something weird cooking in his world when he didn't bother to let his family know where he was. . Pretty irresponsible behaviour!

  • Gabriel
    January 10, 2013 - 14:54

    While I'm pleased for the family that Gushue has been found safe, I have to say that the national and local coverage on this story was way overdone. I think it was pretty clear even from the limited facts made public that Jonathan Gushue had merely - as the Aussies say - gone walkabout. I listened to Karl Wells on two networks describe how unlike this was of Gushue even as some mainland media were acknowledging that this was not the first time he had left suddenly without letting family or friends know. 'I know innumerable critics who know Gushue and know that this is so unlike him' says Wells. Well Karl I guess a few brief encounters with a notable chef doesn't necessarily mean you know him. But I guess when the limelight is dimming, any opportunity for exposure is welcome. I guess, on top of that, I somewhat resent the inherent unfairness and inequity that stems from the fact - however expected - that when celebrities go missing as opposed to ordinary people there is an inordinate public wringing of hands. Still, glad to hear he is safe and sound and hope that whatever the medical or personal issue that gave rise to his disappearance is resolved.