By Grant LaFleche, The Standard, Thursday, April 20, 2017
Jon Johnston's life wasn't supposed to end. Not that soon. Not like that.
He was supposed to be a known and respected chef among known and respected chefs. His creations were meant to delight diners and make other culinary artists jealous.
Johnston worked three jobs to put himself through chef's training at George Brown College. A year ago he was working at an upscale Toronto restaurant owned by Claudio Aprile, a judge on Canada's Master Chef television show. The future he worked so hard for was within reach.
Johnston's road came to an end at age 25 on a patch of sidewalk on the corner of Yonge and King streets in Toronto with a lethal dose of fentanyl in his veins, and only his health card, a list of dishes he recently cooked and a needle in his pocket.