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Renée Suen

Renée Suen is a food loving freelance writer and photographer based in Toronto. Her insatiable appetite, curiosity and camera are often found travelling around the world in search of memorable tastes and the stories behind the plate. In another life, she is a PhD candidate in Cardiovascular Sciences.
Renée Suen has written 33 posts for Narratives

Terroir 2015’s Culinary Mission to St. John’s: An Update

It’s largely accepted that a dish – and arguably the chef creating it – is only as good as its ingredients. In a package looking at the cod stock and Newfoundland’s fishing industry in this week’s Globe & Mail (hinted in last week’s post) both writer Sasha Chapman and I wrote about things we learned during … Continue reading

Stories in Progress: Terroir Symposium’s Best Practice Culinary Mission, St. John’s

I think one of the key issues here is that you have one of the most recognizable brands here in Canada in Newfoundland. You are selling a dream. And part of that dream is your food culture. And if people come here to visit and they can’t actually have that experience, all the money and … Continue reading

Kolapore Springs Fish Hatchery: Sean Brady

A tribute to trout farmer Sean Brady whose incredible ingredients are an inspiration to our kitchen. The life cycle of a trout starts with clay pepper spiced roe. The roe then becomes trout alevin that we have prepared “in Carpione.” The baby rainbow fillet has been treated in the style of an anchovy [or sardine], … Continue reading

Arron Barberian

As one of the city’s great culinary treasures, Barberian’s Steak House isn’t just the oldest licensed white tablecloth restaurant (circa 1959), but also houses the largest of wines in the country. When Arron Barberian and his father, Harry, bought back their business in 1994, they were greeted with a general, 60-bottle wine list (and nothing … Continue reading

Stories in Progress: Terroir 2015 – Pioneering Change & Chefs for Oceans

This week the Terroir Hospitality Industry Symposium, held its ninth event in Toronto. The gathering is an annual highlight that brings together innovative, creative and influential members from the hospitality industry, including chefs, restaurateurs, producers and purveyors, food and beverage experts, writers, and business leaders. The symposium doesn’t just educate – often including speakers who perform unconventional … Continue reading

Jeffrey Alford

Jeffrey Alford has done something I can never do. As much as I like exploring every nook and cranny – urban or countryside, I’m most comfortable when surrounded by the comforts and conveniences of a city. There’s roughing it, and then there’s leaving it all. Which is exactly what Alford had done. Known most for the cookbooks … Continue reading

Scott Vivian

Artwork is a very personal thing. To me, a tattoo is a commitment to a permanent statement that’s an important part of self expression. It’s a way to make a powerful, unspoken first impression, and can even be the source of many stories. Recently I bumped into Scott Vivian, co-owner of Beast Restaurant at the 2015 Almanac … Continue reading

Wayne Morris & Evelyn Wu

Canadian food is not just the amalgamation of different ethnicities, nationalities, and cultures that settled here over the past 400 years – it is the evolution of the food that these people brought over here, driven by their need to adapt to indigenous ingredients. – Evelyn Wu Morris, co-owner Boralia, a restaurant that opened Toronto last December … Continue reading

Homaro Cantu

We’re changing the way humans perceive food… My goal with this is to deliver food to the masses that are starving… We give them something that’s healthy, that has an indefinite shelf life, and that is supercheap to produce. – Homero Cantu (September 23, 1976 – April 14, 2015) was an American inventor, entrepreneur, and chef, known for … Continue reading

Lucinda Scala Quinn

I was on an extensive book tour and someone said, “You know this book should be in the psychology section and not necessarily the cookbook section.” I was taken aback, and I thought ‘oh, I think that’s a compliment,’ because in many ways it is about expressing this basic message for me, which is basically: … Continue reading

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