Stewart MacLeod was raised in Ladner, BC and was lured into the culinary world when his passion for this industry and for food was recognized at an early age by his mother and other family members. Stu went on to study the culinary arts at the Vancouver Community College, where he learned to develop his own unique style and flair.

He continued with his career at exclusive restaurants and hotels. These experiences working under great culinary mentors, gave him the knowledge to start his own catering business in 1997, which has grown into the well established Ritz Catering Company.

Stu balances his busy catering company while enjoying every spare moment with his wife and four young children. When he is not busy coming up with new menu ideas, he can be found coaching his daughters soccer team, watchingboth his son's play hockey or attending his other daughter's dance recitals, in the summer he is found enjoying some down time, camping and boating with his family.

Stu's dedication to fundraising brought him in touch with Jimi Brockett and the Riders for Ryders Team.  Since 2013 Stu has joined Jimi's quest to find a cure for cancer and joining him on 7 Ride to Conquer Cancers across Canada.  Stu has once again joined Jimi's quest in 2016 to raise funds to help find a cure.