Posts in category Chefs

Guess Who’s on Top Chef Canada?

Chef Jesse Vergen on Top Chef Canada
Chef Jesse Vergen, that’s who! You may remember Jesse from his profile as part of the Chefs #LoveCDNBeef series, his Beef Tongue Taco recipe which is a favourite on Pinterest as well, or from the number of times I’ve mentioned this meal when talking about going to Saint John. I’m a huge fan of Jesse’s for a bunch of reasons, not the least of [...]

Chef Chris McDonald in Chefs #LoveCND...

Chef Chris McDonald in Chefs #LoveCNDBeef
I’m delighted to announce that Chef Chris McDonald is our next chef in the Chefs #LoveCDNbeef series. Chris has been challenging Toronto’s expectations of food for years and I’m excited to share the how he taken to the Chefs #LoveCDNBeef challenge (but more on that soon.) Now it’s time to get to know Chef Chris McDonald. Ch [...]

Judging Taste Canada Cooks The Books

Judging Taste Canada Cooks The Books
An afternoon at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, and judging Taste Canada Cooks The Books cooking competition? Well, that’s a perfect day! Taste Canada Cooks the Books is a two-day cooking competition at the Royal  Agricultural Winter Fair on November 2 & 3, 2013.  Leading up to Taste Canada — The Food Writing Awards,  Taste Can [...]

Then Travel Bunny Made The Rounds at ...

Then Travel Bunny Made The Rounds at Taste Canada
Last night was the Taste Canada Gala. Celebrating Canada’s top cookbook authors. it was a who’s who of Canadian food. Needless to say Travel Bunny popped out and took it upon himself to make some friends. In addition to old friends like Sarah B Hood and Alison Fryer, Travel Bunny cuddled up to: Mairlynn Smith, Taste Canada/CBC People’ [...]

Chef Matt Basile in Chefs #LoveCDNbee...

Chef Matt Basile in Chefs #LoveCDNbeef
You know those times when you meet someone and there is an instant connection? Where you fall into a conversation as if you have known each other all your life? That’s how it was when I met Chef Matt Basile, or as many people know him Fidel Gastro. I’d been hearing about this Fidel Gastro guy for some time from mutual friends and the movers a [...]

My Friend Matt Opens His Restaurant a...

My Friend Matt Opens His Restaurant and I’m missing it! It’s killing me!
We’ve talked about it for a long time and it’s finally happening. On July 11th Matt Kantor and Andrew Bridgman are opening Bero. I couldn’t be happier for them (and frankly for us.) Since we met Matt has been planning this, talking concepts and drawing sketches. He has made me salivate with his menu ideas and test dishes. He [...]

Toronto Taste 2013 Takes Over The ROM...

Toronto Taste 2013 Takes Over The ROM To Do Good
One night in June, Avenue Road and the ROM turns into an gourmet grazing zone exclusively for people attending Toronto Taste and supporting Second Harvest. Over 1000 guests. 61 chefs, restaurants and food purveyors. 32 beverage purveyors.  Over 73,000 tastes prepared. And the results of this?  Other than the killer food? (just keep scrolling [...]

Chef Jesse Vergen in Chefs #LoveCDNBe...

Chef Jesse Vergen in Chefs #LoveCDNBeef
Chef Jesse Vergen was one of the first Chefs I invited to join the Chef’s #LoveCDNBeef series and I’m so happy to be introducing you to him now. Chef Jesse Vergen is the Executive Chef at the Saint John Ale House, the owner/operator of the Smoking Pig BBQ — one of the few food trucks in New Brunswick, and an organic farmer who own [...]

Judging the Discovered Culinary Compe...

Judging the Discovered Culinary Competition
Yes, I’m putting my judges hat back on and will be judging the Discovered Culinary Competition at Nella Cucina on Monday night. Now in its second year, the Discovered Culinary Competition gives up-and-coming Canadian chefs an opportunity to showcase their culinary talents.  In front of a live audience  and a rotating panel of judge [...]

Chef John Placko in Chefs #LoveCDNBee...

Chef John Placko in Chefs #LoveCDNBeef
The first time I met John he was using a reverse griddle and the second time he let me make ice cream with liquid nitrogen. The way to this girl’s heart is through food, especially if it’s science experiment food! I love this guy! Chef John Placko is one of the first people I think of when discussing  molecular cuisine.  John [...]

Week Filled With Conferences, Cookies...

Week Filled With Conferences, Cookies, Contests and Crowds (lovely crowds!)
Last week was a whirlwind, leaving my brain (and my SD cards) filled with images, ideas and inspiration. I have much to process, integrate and digest, so I’ve decided I’ll share a quick set of snapshots of what was going on over the last week in the Food and Hospitality scene around here.  (Yes I know this is sucky SEO-wise, should care. Don& [...]

I’m Speaking at the Food Blogge...

Food Bloggers of Canada Conference Speaker
I’m excited to announce that I am one of the speakers at this weekend’s Food Bloggers of Canada Conference, Canada’s first dedicated food blogging conference. I will be speaking about restaurants, blogging and critiques in: The Chef & The Critic – 2 Perspectives on Restaurants and Blogging Alexa Clark and Jason Bangerter. Moderated by Ali [...]

Chef Carl Heinrich in Chefs #LoveCDNB...

Chef Carl Heinrich in Chefs #LoveCDNBeef
I am delighted to announce that Chef Carl Heinrich is the next chef in our Chefs #LoveCDNBeef series.  Carl is Chef and co-owner of Richmond Station, winner of Top Chef Canada and co-owner of West Side Beef Co. Before I had tasted his food, before I had met him, even before his win on Top Chef Canada, I had been hearing about Carl.  One thin [...]

Chef Obsession Contest Winner!

Chef Obsession Contest Winner!
We had a lot of Chef obsessions, favourites and stories shared in the #AFChef13 #ChefObsession Contest – Tell Me Your Canadian Chef Obsession, Win Dinner at Fabbrica. What a great set of entries to chose from. You can see everyone’s  stories in the comments of the original post but let me give you a run down of the Chefs that were [...]

Contest: Tell Me Your Canadian Chef O...

Contest: Tell Me Your Canadian Chef Obsession, Win Dinner at Fabbrica
In celebration of this year’s S. Pellegrino Almost Famous Chef Competition, San Pellegrino has given me a $150 Gift Certificate to Chef Mark McEwan’s Fabbrica to give away to one of you.  Well, one of you who is brave enough to tell me about your Chef Obsession. Tell me about your favourite Canadian Chefs – each chef you tell me about g [...]

Chef Ilona Daniel in Chefs #LoveCDNBe...

Chef Ilona Daniel in Chefs #LoveCDNBeef
When I started considering chefs for Chefs #LoveCDNBeef I was hoping to including a Chefs from each of the Maritime provinces.  Since there’s only one Canadian Beef Ambassador east of Ontario, I kind of felt it was my duty to represent the Martimes too. So I turned to my buddy Rob Hyndman to ask about Chefs in PEI. Since Rob knows food and o [...]


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