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Top Chef Canada, Season 4

27 Feb

I love the blindfolded-taste-test challenge on Top Chef Canada. Contenders have to name ingredients they sample just once, with their eyes covered. So humiliating for a chef to get basic flavours wrong in front of the whole country and so impressive […]

May the Grizzliest Man Win!

26 Feb

A new season of the Food Network’s #1 hit series, Top Chef Canada, premieres Monday, March 10 at 9pm ET/10pm PT, on Food Network Canada. This time I’ll be yelling at the TV in support of my bearded buddy Pierre […]

Win a Customized Tea Blend!

13 Feb

When Jennifer Commins was a little girl, her grandmother cultivated a tea garden. “She’d take me outside, hand me the scissors and say: ‘go pick something delicious,’” recalls the entrepreneur, who would snip thyme, mint, rosemary or lavender, then return […]

Grain Brain

11 Feb

Calgarian artisan bread company Sidewalk Citizen Bakery just started packaging their loaves in the thinking man’s bread bag. I think these quote-stamped, two-handled paper bags represent a classy evolution from the traditional baguette clutched under arm. Here Michal Lavi–who co-owns […]

A Race Through Wine Country

7 Feb

People have many reasons for running: To challenge themselves physically and mentally, to raise money for a good cause… to eat and drink as much as they possibly can without exploding. I belong in that last category, and two years […]

How to Cook Duck

6 Feb

Mildred’s Temple Kitchen got it right, last night, with their inaugural Winterlicious Tin Chef contest–no Gordon Ramsay theatrics or 18-month-pregnant pauses before announcing the winner, just supportive judges, a warm vibe, an engrossed audience, and a focus on the food. […]

A Wildly Partisan Guide to Toronto’s Tin Chef Contenders

29 Jan

The judges have spoken. Five contestants have just been picked to compete at Mildred’s Temple Kitchen, on February 5, to be Toronto’s first Tin Chef. (A tin chef is like an iron chef, only a home cook rather than a […]