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See Steven Page eat illegal food on Travel + Escape’s new show, The Illegal Eater

This past summer, former Barenaked Ladies front man and consummate foodie, Steven Page, touched down in Hogtown to highlight the city’s growing underground and unlicensed food scene for his new show The Illegal Eater.

With a little help from his friends—like special guest Jason Priestley in L.A.—and countless years touring, Steven explores the tastiest and most creative venues across North America, including Toronto’s own Charlie’s Burgers, Cold Tea and La Carnita. For those who can’t wait for the TV airing, the premiere episode is also available for free on iTunes.

Premieres Tuesday October 22 at 9 p.m., only on Travel+Escape

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Haute Junk: Matt Blondin and Ben Heaton team up to serve KD and Slurpees at the latest Charlie’s Burgers dinner

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In Toronto, the trendiest new restaurants ply an almost cultish kind of casualness, where the greatest sin a new eatery can commit—aside from serving bland food—is taking itself too seriously. Chefs dot their dining rooms and plates with ironic winks: mismatched mason jars, pounding rap music and $30 sirloin burgers served drive thru–style in wax paper wrapping. “Junk” was the theme of last weekend’s Charlie’s Burgers pop-up from ex-Daishō chef Matt Blondin and The Grove’s Ben Heaton, who presented guests, including former Barenaked Ladies member Steven Page, with a meal devoted entirely to upscale fast food. On the menu: a homemade Andouille corndog, a liquid nitrogen–frozen slushie and a flute of Moet Champagne spiked with neon Tang. Here, a slideshow from the $170, 10-course feast.

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Top Chef Canada contestants to reunite for next Charlie’s Burgers dinner

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Charlie’s Burgers, the no-longer-quite-so-elusive dining experience helmed by Franco Stalteri, has released (sparse) details regarding the next Toronto dinner. What we know: the chefs will be former Top Chef Canada winner Carl Heinrich (whose restaurant, Richmond Station, a partnership with Ryan Donovan, is set to open in September) alongside runners-up Trevor Bird and Jonathan Korecki; the menu will include tequila-laden snow cones, trout crackling, wild boar, peach melba and an undisclosed amuse bouche whose entire description reads “something good—by now, we hope you trust us.” Tickets are $225 for the August 12 dinner, which will take place in a mystery location downtown. Foodies looking to score a seat at the event should get their names on the anti-restaurant’s list of potential diners ASAP. Unsurprisingly, we’re told there are already plenty of RSVPs. [h/t Toronto.com]

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Top Chef Canada recap, episode 11: Italian stallions and KD virginity

A bevy of guest judges showed up for an Italian feast at Fabbrica: Lorenzo Loseto, Carlo Rota, Rick Campanelli, Lidia Bastianich and Franco Stalteri (Image: Top Chef Canada)

TOP CHEF CANADA Season 2 | Episode 11

Last night’s episode of Top Chef Canada kicked off with a little sentimental reflection by the chefs at their digs—the condo that is finally living up to its “luxury” billing now that there are only five occupants (cramming the original 16 contestants in there probably violated some kind of occupancy regulation). Trevor Bird hoped to God that he wouldn’t have to do dessert again (foreshadowing alert!), while David Chrystian announced to all of Canada that he was set to go home and propose to his girlfriend (good luck, David!). This week’s twists and turns, including guest spots from an R&B star, a former MuchMusic VJ and a legend of Italian cooking, in our recap below.

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UN recommends we all start eating bugs

Bug stand: a Thai merchant sells bugs from her food cart in Bangkok (Image: Rene Ehrhardt)

Entomophagy, the practice of eating insects, has been the subject of many a food trend story. Apparently, bugs are a nutritious, protein-rich and environmentally sustainable source of food. Now that there’s a worldwide meat crisis looming, the Guardian is reporting on how the UN is taking a serious look at the benefits of farming insects.

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Suck it, Montreal: two Toronto restaurants make it onto Food and Wine’s “best 100 experiences” list

In the ongoing battle over which city is Canada’s best for food, Toronto has gained some new bragging rights. The latest issue of Food and Wine came out on Friday, and the revered magazine has two Toronto hot spots in its annual roundup of “100 best new food and drink experiences.”

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Mysterious Charlie Burger is blogging from East Africa

Nairobi's Carnivore Restauarnt: abandon hope all vegetarians who enter here (Photo by Paul Brockmeyer)

Nairobi's Carnivore Restaurant: abandon hope, all vegetarians who enter here (Photo by Paul Brockmeyer)

While the identity of Charlie Burger remains a mystery (most locals speculate that he’s a composite of T.O. restaurant people), the man behind covert “anti-restaurant” Charlie’s Burgers has posted a culinary itinerary of his recent trip to Africa. Burger, identified here as a nonagenarian Dutchman who settled in Toronto in 1999, was accompanied by Madame Burger on a culinary-inspired tour of Kenya, preceded by a stopover in Qatar. The foods sampled were decidedly less risqué than one would expect from the individual responsible for a menu featuring queen ant Thai salad and worm risotto. Sashimi from Jean-Georges’ upscale Spice Market or pastries from Gaston Lenotre’s Doha aren’t wildly audacious choices. Even the infamous Carnivore Restaurant in Nairobi, known for its wild game meats, was only able to dish up some crocodile and ostrich—kind of exotic, but would it dazzle one of Charlie’s own carefully screened customers?

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Supper club Charlie’s Burgers serves bug-centric menu in Toronto

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Water beetles: sustainable and delicious? (Photo by Kent Wang)

The environment has long been a hot topic among foodies, and this weekend, surreptitious supper club Charlie’s Burgers is planning an unsettling menu centred around bugs, which sustainability gurus say are a readily available source of protein, vitamins and minerals.

But before you pull out the knife and fork, know that not just anyone can chow on crickets at Charlie’s. A prospective diner must give their e-mail address at Charlie’s Web site, answer a questionnaire about their food fixations and, if the Charlie’s team likes the responses, meet at a secret location at an exact time and pay with cash.

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Stadtländer’s latest, Charlie’s Burgers mystery, 900 Starbucks closures

Eigensinn gets a sibling (Photo by jembe)

Stadtländer expands (Photo by jembe)

• Good news for fans of Michael Stadtländer’s acclaimed Eigensinn Farm: the cultivator-chef will be launching a new restaurant, Haisai, in a neighbouring town. Like Eigensinn, it is based on the farm-to-table concept, though we hope that it will seat more than 12. [Reuters]

• Pasta making is an arduous process, but it shouldn’t be a perilous one. A man working a machine at a Toronto noodle plant lost an arm when the mechanism snagged him, initiating a workplace safety investigation. [National Post]

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