Chefs

Toronto Taste 2013: We sample dishes from the chefs of Buca, Splendido, Scaramou... Toronto Taste 2013: We sample dishes from the chefs of Buca, Splendido, Scaramouche and more

More than 60 restaurants and other food purveyors took part in the 23rd installment of Toronto Taste at the ROM on Sunday, offering their culinary creations to over 1500 foodies in support of Toronto food-rescue program Second Harvest. Top chefs, including Buca’s Rob Gentile, Splendido’s Victor Barry and Scaramouche’s Carolyn Reid, served up everything from… Read more »

We fête the launch of the Toronto Life Cookbook with sample recipes from top To... We fête the launch of the Toronto Life Cookbook with sample recipes from top Toronto chefs and mixologists

Last night, we celebrated the launch of our newest special interest publication, the first-ever Toronto Life Cookbook—the urban food-lover’s dream book, featuring 100 recipes from the city’s best chefs and bartenders—and the Canadian Film Centre with an intimate gathering at the CFC’s Windfields campus. Our guests were treated to an exclusive first look at the building’s… Read more »

Toronto Life and the Canadian Film Centre fête the Toronto Life Cookbook at the... Toronto Life and the Canadian Film Centre fête the Toronto Life Cookbook at the CFC Windfields campus

Toronto Life and the Canadian Film Centre fêted the beginning of a new three-year partnership and the launch of Toronto Life’s newest special interest publication, the first-ever Toronto Life Cookbook—the urban food-lover’s dream book, featuring 100 recipes from the city’s best chefs and bartenders—with an intimate gathering at the CFC’s Windfields campus. The event also… Read more »

How a small group of farmers and wealthy weekenders made the Melancthon mega-qua... How a small group of farmers and wealthy weekenders made the Melancthon mega-quarry protest a cause célèbre

An unexpected casualty of Toronto’s building boom is the sleepy southern Ontario township of Melancthon, where an American hedge fund plans to excavate $6 billion worth of limestone. By Sasha Chapman Melancthon’s windswept highlands spread out like a grand table underneath the sky. At 1,700 feet above sea level, southern Ontario’s highest point, the air… Read more »

The Internet wishes Julia Child a happy 100th birthday The Internet wishes Julia Child a happy 100th birthday

Today would have marked the 100th birthday of the doyenne, dowager countess and grande dame of (North) American cookery, Julia Child, and the Internet is celebrating in style. Thanks to Child, Jell-O salads were replaced by aspics, and beef stew by boeuf bourgignon. The Internet abounds with tributes that trace her influence, including remembrances by well-known… Read more »

Iron Chefs: how the fine dining institution Splendido creates culinary superstar... Iron Chefs: how the fine dining institution Splendido creates culinary superstars

Victor Barry, the owner and executive chef of Splendido, has a reputation for running the toughest and most traditional French kitchen hierarchy in the city. No matter how pedigreed, every new hire—chef, server or sommelier—must work his way up from the bottom. Which may explain why so much of the talent behind Toronto’s best new… Read more »

Captain John’s Restaurant succumbs to the stormy seas of unpaid back taxes Captain John’s Restaurant succumbs to the stormy seas of unpaid back taxes

The ongoing debt and legal issues at Captain John’s Harbour Boat Restaurant, the iconic marine eatery docked at the foot of Yonge Street since 1975, have finally shut it down. Owner “Captain” John Letnik owes $568,000 in back taxes, utilities and outstanding lease payments. Normally, the city would just seize the property and sell it after three… Read more »

QUOTED: O&B’s Anthony Walsh on his favourite kitchen prank QUOTED: O&B’s Anthony Walsh on his favourite kitchen prank

We tell the cook to go down to Jump (sister restaurant, downstairs) and get the red lobster gun (a thing that doesn’t exist). The cook will go to Jump and the chefs there will say “oh, no the gun is at Biff’s” (another O&B restaurant, very close by). The cook goes to Biff’s and then… Read more »

Weekly Eater: Toronto food events for March 12 to 18 Weekly Eater: Toronto food events for March 12 to 18

Monday, March 12 Society for American Wines: Cabernet blends formal tasting. University of Toronto Faculty Club, 41 Willcocks St., 416-978-6325. Find out more » 86’D: Join Ivy Knight for the premiere of Top Chef Canada 2012. With special guest chef Todd Perrin from season one. The Drake, 1150 Queen St. W., 416-531-5042. Find out more… Read more »

Check out some chefs behaving badly as they ham it up at a photo shoot for Terro... Check out some chefs behaving badly as they ham it up at a photo shoot for Terroir 2012

Terroir, the hospitality industry symposium, brings chefs, wine and food experts, restaurateurs and members of the food media together for one day each year. This time around the program is centered on the theme of the “New Radicals” (no, not those ones): the new generation of chefs who might be conventionally trained, but are more… Read more »

This is what happens when 12 culinary students get to cook with Paolo Lopriore, ... This is what happens when 12 culinary students get to cook with Paolo Lopriore, the world’s 39th best chef

During the second year of their apprenticeship at the Stratford Chefs School—considered one of the most prestigious in the country—students are given the opportunity to learn from seriously talented guest chefs, including many with Michelin stars to their name and not a few regular patrons of the illustrious San Pellegrino World’s Best Restaurant list. Past… Read more »

The musical kitchen chairs continue at Maléna and L’Unità with Matthew S... The musical kitchen chairs continue at Maléna and L’Unità with Matthew Sullivan’s departure

Back in October, we reported that Matthew Sullivan, fresh off his abortive pop-up series Boxed, had taken over the reins at Maléna, which lost its executive chef Doug Neigel to Mercatto, which had lost its executive chef when Top Chef Canada finalist Rob Rossi left to open his own place, Bestellen, which should be opening soon… Read more »

Holiday Gift Guide 2011: one of the city’s most offal books Holiday Gift Guide 2011: one of the city’s most offal books

While it might be easier to just wait two hours for a meal at The Black Hoof, we suggest getting a foodie friend something useful for the holidays, like Odd Bits, a cookbook that lays out the intricacies of at-home snout-to-tail cookery. We look forward to tongue sandwiches and pig heart (left atrium only, please)… Read more »

Weekend Reading List: top stories from our sister sites, from chimpanzees to zuc... Weekend Reading List: top stories from our sister sites, from chimpanzees to zucchinis

Every weekend we round up the highlights from the other websites in the St. Joseph Media family. Check them out, after the jump.

Weekend Reading List: top stories from our sister sites, from bookshops to prote... Weekend Reading List: top stories from our sister sites, from bookshops to protest flops

Every weekend we round up the highlights from the other websites in the St. Joseph Media family. Check them out, after the jump.