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Victor Barry

Just as Kobe Desramaults announced the closure of In de Wulf in December 2016, closer to home, I received rather upsetting (though understood) news: my favourite restaurant in Toronto, Splendido, was closing. In an exclusive for the Globe & Mail last month (A Splendido run: Chef Victor Barry closing Toronto fine-dining institution), chef-owner, and industry friend, Victor … Continue reading

Corey Lee

The modern diner, Lee says, isn’t just looking for a meal, but rather, an experience. It means his competition has stratified: smaller establishments, too, are thinking beyond appetizers, mains and desserts, so a fixed price menu can cost $50 just as easily as $500. The question for diners (aside from an assessment of his or her … Continue reading

Follow Up: The Sights & Sounds from Taste of Toronto 2015

A short post – in words – to follow up on the previous share about a few conversations I had the pleasure of hosting at the past weekend’s 2nd annual Taste of Toronto event. For those who were unable to attend or catch the live broadcast with chefs Alvin Leung (R&D, Bo Innovation, Bo London), … Continue reading

Behind the Scenes at Taste of Toronto: Stories from the Chef’s Table

Happy Canada Day to my fellow Canadians, and those who are Canadians at heart. Those familiar with the style of Narratives might be aware that there are always different approaches to stories. Sometimes through anecdotes or direct storytelling, others as art-forms or expressions, often times involving food (in one form or another). There’s also direct interaction. Which … 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

Dale MacKay

2014 was a great year of discovering the lesser known (to me) areas of Canada, one of which was Saskatoon, SK. There were a few reasons, most all of them gustatory, including visiting Ayden Kitchen & Bar which had been generating plenty of buzz across the coasts. Although I might have come to meet, and see … Continue reading

Thomas Keller

Where it all began… It only seems appropriate to launch this blog with my first milestone interview. Let me clarify. Up until this point in my budding food writing career I’d had the distinct pleasure of meeting, interviewing and writing profiles on a number of local talents who were all too kind to lend me … Continue reading

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