Category: Chef Interview

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Interview: Chef Junishi Ikematsu from Montreal’s Jun-i Restaurant

It is unsurprising that Chef Junishi Ikematsu, Head Chef and Co-owner of Jun-i Restaurant in Montreal, would cite teamwork as one of the key ingredients to his restaurant’s success. The interplay between ingredients is the core makeup of excellent, fresh food just as the chemistry between kitchen staff influences the product. Chef Ikematsu has been cooking since he was a teenager. “I liked to … Read More Interview: Chef Junishi Ikematsu from Montreal’s Jun-i Restaurant

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The Thing About Miss Thing’s – Chef Jasper Wu and Head Barman Robin Wynne

FOMO is a real thing. Especially when you’re waiting at the bus stop in -6 degrees, pulling your tuque lower over your forehead to brace yourself against the next gust of wind. Or retrieving lunch in the PATH to avoid bundling up in 10 layers to hit the street. Thankfully, Miss Thing’s is the perfect antidote to the mid-February Canadian winter blues. Head Barman, Robin … Read More The Thing About Miss Thing’s – Chef Jasper Wu and Head Barman Robin Wynne

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All Smoke – No Mirrors: BarChef’s Frankie Solarik

A chef walks into a bar – and never walks out. It’s not the start of a joke; it’s the start of one of Toronto’s most visionary bartender’s career. Frankie Solarik, the brains behind BarChef’s mixology, is a very cool and insanely creative guy who began bartending when he was 18 years old – or 19 years ago. One of his first bartending jobs … Read More All Smoke – No Mirrors: BarChef’s Frankie Solarik

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Playing with Food: Chef Marc Lepine’s Atelier

The best way to describe Chef Marc Lepine is to say that he is so much more than a chef; he is a true artist. Atelier, one of Canada’s best restaurants, is exactly what its name would imply: a studio where creativity is digested. Chef Lepine has been an active member of Ottawa’s food scene since he moved to the area in 2001. “I … Read More Playing with Food: Chef Marc Lepine’s Atelier

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Lavelle’s Chef Romain Avril: The Modern Chef

The hottest new addition to Toronto’s dining and nightlife scenes is Lavelle, a sky-high rooftop restaurant with superb views, excellent food and epic people watching. Brought to you by Trademark Hospitality Inc., Lavelle has been open since July. Trademark’s Executive Chef, Romain Avril, calls the dining experience “exquisite, breathtaking and fun.” Chef Avril sat down with me on a busy Friday afternoon looking every … Read More Lavelle’s Chef Romain Avril: The Modern Chef

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The Marriage Between Food & Media: Chef Mike Ward

Sydney-born Chef Mike Ward is not afraid to present an honest picture of the food scene. The Toronto resident and food journalist epitomizes the marriage between food and media, writing for various outlets and creating food content in a career he calls a “mixed and unusual bag.”

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Richard Irving, Executive Chef of The Ivy Restaurants in L.A.

Chef Richard Irving has impacted the L.A. culinary scene with enduring dining staples The Ivy and The Ivy by the Shore. In a city that’s constantly changing, The Ivy Restaurants are one thing that will never need a facelift; they’ve been popular with celebrities and foodies alike since the Robertson Boulevard location opened in 1980. Irving began the restaurants with his partner – in … Read More Richard Irving, Executive Chef of The Ivy Restaurants in L.A.