Toronto Life - The Dish

The latest buzz on restaurants, chefs, bars, food shops and food events. Sign up for the Dish newsletter for weekly updates. Send tips to

Random Stuff


Young people resort to subterfuge to learn cooking secrets from Corey Mintz

When teenagers lie about their age, they are usually trying to get into a club or buy a skull-shaped bottle of vodka. Not the case with a few youngish cooking illiterates in Markham, who fibbed about their birthdates to score some grub from a Toronto Star’s food columnist. Such is the power of Corey Mintz’s tomato sauce—it makes people do crazy things.

Mintz’s latest adventure takes him to the suburbs to teach basic cooking techniques to a bunch of kitchen-adverse young people:

The literal objective is to teach [the 14- to 16-year olds] to make the sauce and cook pasta, something that everyone should know before they’re 20…It turns out that Catherine and Jacky are 23 and have fibbed about their age to attend the class.

Mintz goes on to wonder if he’s been lied to by the other children—maybe they’re “just jockeys or shaved Ewoks.” Mintz has many talents, but age-guessing is not one of them. He would make a very poor carnie.

• Mintz: teaching the TV generation to cook [Toronto Star]