Dinner with friends

We recently had the pleasure of being spoiled by a very dear foodie from far far away… The company was great, the evening full of laughs and to top it all off, the food was outstanding. Since we like to believe in the idea of “go big or go home” we enjoyed a seven course tasting menu that evening. Everything from bacon wrapped scallops with fiddle heads to home made BBQ to sunchoke puree and an amazing chocolate mousse for dessert. I wish I could attach little tastings for all those... Read The Rest →

Torito Restaurant, Toronto

A fierce competitor for the number one restaurant in Toronto (in my books anyways) is Torito, a little restaurant in Kensington Market (Augusta and College st) serving up delicious tapas. The atmosphere is very laid back and friendly, the staff is very knowledgeable and very genuine and welcoming and the kitchen (open to the dining room) is absolutely spotless. Although for appetizer sized portions this place is a little pricey, it is definitely worth the splurge just for the attention to detail and flavour that is apparent from the chef. ... Read The Rest →

For the love of food

The culinary world is known to be grueling towards its devoted followers forcing them into hard labour, long shifts and very low paying jobs. It’s notorious for its late nights, heavy drinking and definitely attracting a lot of curious individuals into its realm. However, I recently realized that it evolved into something even more grueling right before our food crazy eyes. It has become a world of no job security, benefits or in many cases almost no income; without real justification for all these downfalls. Why do we do it?... Read The Rest →

Lee Restaurant in Toronto

Anyone who has tuned into the Food Network at least once in the past decade knows who Susur Lee is and what he’s capable of producing. He’s definitely among the great chefs of this city that have managed to put Toronto’s culinary abilities on the North American map. His restaurant is located on King St West (east of Bathurst) and seems to be attracting quite a lot of buzz and it’s definitely well deserved. It was an extraordinary dinner and the chef was humble enough to even make his rounds... Read The Rest →

When will the reality shows end?

Feeling slightly sluggish on a rainy day, I decided to watch a Food Network marathon expecting to gain some new culinary knowledge. Unfortunately, what I was presented with, instead, was a series of really bad reality shows that have very little to do with food. I’m sure Hell’s Kitchen, the “Next Food Network Star” and all the Food Network Challenges make for really good television, but they’re not really showing the world what’s happening on the culinary scene. It’s all become a very trashy array of shows where wannabe cooks... Read The Rest →

Chef School Essentials Part 1 – Knife roll

So here we are, at the end of the whole chef school experience and a great time to talk about what was absolutely required and what pieces of kitchen paraphernalia are completely useless and shouldn’t be bought! And this is more than an open post so feel free to post your opinions and feedback! This is also written from the point of view of someone more pastry oriented so I need input from a butcher’s point of view… To start off I’ll describe my ideal knife roll and its contents.... Read The Rest →

George Brown Food and Wine Gala

So last night I had the pleasure in partaking in a very interesting competition… the George Brown Food and Wine Gala! A chance for the current students to showcase their culinary, creativity and time management skills. Despite some planning issues on food rations for the masses, the college really provided guests with a wonderful sensory experience. I’m posting some pictures and hoping that anyone who has attended the event can also add to my post. I also had a great time there. I found the people to be very receptive... Read The Rest →

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