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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

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

Massimo Bottura

She said, ‘the kitchen is like a family.’ We have a rule to eat together before service, after lunch and before dinner. And now at Osteria Francescana, we all eat together at the same time: waiting staff, service, chefs, the office… one whole team. It’s not that the dishwasher is different from the chef. Absolutely … Continue reading

Han Brothers: Leemo & Leeto Han

Even though my brother’s not involved, HANMOTO comes from our names. The TO is Leeto; the MO is me.  – Leemo Han, chef-owner of Oddseoul, Hanmoto, and recently shuttered Swish by Han. Han’s menus are clever modern, American-influenced twists of familiar Korean and Japanese izakaya flavours. La Bête sketch on Hanmoto’s Instagram: La Bête Introducing on TorontoLife: Hanmoto, a Little Portugal izakaya … Continue reading

Nick Saul

We live in a very divided city. One in three kids live in poverty. 145,000 kids live in poverty. There are 118,000 Millionaires in Toronto. That’s one example of how we live in two worlds. When you live in two worlds, you don’t know one another’s stories, which is a big problem to me. Rexdale … Continue reading

Afrim Pristine

My job as an affineur [someone who ages cheese] is to age it, to maintain it, give it love and care, so that that evolution keeps going. And why do we do all of this? To give the customer the best product possible. Cheese needs time – like wine – to evolve to get better… … 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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