You won’t find “rustic” wooden tables or focaccia-filled bread baskets here.
Elegant French café by day, sumptuous private event space by night.
I enjoy the luxury of a tasting menu but understand there are no limits to or judgments about what a tasting menu can be. It can be Kraft Dinner cooked eight ways, or a good grilled cheese, or a 30-course tasting menu.
Lidia Bastianich, the 69-year-old chef and cookbook author turned culinary celebrity, has played an inimitable role in introducing to the North American palate regional, northern Italian, and Istrian fare.
Thirty-four-year-old Victor Barry is widely regarded as one of the finest chefs in the country, and at his new Toronto restaurant Piano Piano, he serves “just the kind of food I would cook at home, the kind of food that people want to eat regularly.”
François Nadon is identified on the Montreal cooking scene as a chef who produces some of its most exquisite food.
“In my heart of hearts, I feel most comfortable when I am swimming upstream, against the current and looking for my own interpretation of history, culinary traditions, and my identity.”
Leboe explains his menu philosophy: “In an era of chef-driven restaurants, the food doesn’t have to be regionally focused. It’s just about good, clean food.”
Michel Roux is a legendary French chef, but in his new cookbook, The Essence of French Cooking, he shifts the spotlight to his ingredients.