Indie Ale House, Toronto

The Indie Ale House is just west of The Junction where Dundas Street West is home to several terrific food stops including Honest Weight and Farmhouse Tavern. The talent in this modest kitchen is phenomenal…and, for a brew pub, unexpected.  Executive Chef Todd Clarmo has been one of our heroes...

Pazzo Taverna & Pizzeria, Stratford, Ontario

Pazzo Taverna & Pizzeria’s position on the main corner of this dynamic culinary city is very fitting…it is indeed a cornerstone of the Stratford food scene.  Chef Yva Santini’s Italian-style kitchen excels in house made pastas and gnocchi, and locally-sourced meats and produce.  Her...

Siwash Lake Ranch, 70 Mile House, British Columbia

When we first met, Chef Derek Bendig was cooking and managing the cheese-making programme at Pangaea.   Now, as the Executive Chef at Siwash Lake Ranch, Derek has landed in culinary heaven and is once again making cheese and sharing his talents with some very lucky guests. His menus feature ranch...

Café Medina, Vancouver

It’s been called “Vancouver’s hottest brunch spot”(Kim Mah: Real Weddings) and “A superstar in the Vancouver breakfast, brunch and lunch scene.” (Mia Stainsby: Vancouver Sun).  And little wonder. Chef Jonathan Chovancek has cooked in all the right places from Sooke Harbour...

Fusion Grill, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Sometime in February 2006 I decided that an ice fishing trip was in order and, rather than renting a hut, I headed to Winnipeg on the insistence of Fusion Restaurant’s, fishing-obsessed owner, Scot McTaggart.  Scot had had the decency to warn me that it’d be cold.  But it WAS FREEZING.  Minus 40’C...

Monforte Osteria, Stratford, Ontario

Chef/cheese-maker Ruth Klahsen’s osteria-style restaurant , simply named Monforte, showcases the marvellous cheeses she and her team lovingly produce at their renowned dairy on the outskirts of Stratford. The menus are short but overflow with local specialities.   You can pair flights of...

Fable, Vancouver

Top Chef Canada has been the culinary spring board that many already-talented chefs needed.   Sort of a kick start to their careers.   Trevor Bird was one of those chefs. “While competing on Season 2 of Top Chef Canada during the ever popular “Restaurant Wars” episode, Trevor came up with...