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One-on-One with Chef Nathan Lowey

Chef Nathan Lowey is one of these chefs genuinely passionate about mastering kitchen arts. Originally from Regina, Nathan’s desire to learn from the best brought him to the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology where he received his Red Seal and soon found himself working in fine dining restaurants. In 2009,…

One on One with Giselle Courteau

Giselle Courteau is not professionally trained. What she is though, is a dreamer and a hard worker—a powerful combination that allowed her to teach herself how to bake, open a successful bakery, and self-publish a cookbook which received several awards including the coveted Paris Book Festival Award. Courteau owns the…

Of the love for macarons, the Duchess was born

Giselle Courteau was headed in the direction of a completely different career—with salary and benefits—when she realized that baking was all she wanted to do. From there, there was no going back. With her then-husband and business partner, Garner Beggs, the couple moved to Japan to teach English and began…

Looking Back into the Terroir Symposium 2018

Terroir Symposium 2018 once again brought together hospitality and tourism professionals for a day-long event packed with leading industry speakers and exquisite food. For this twelfth edition, the day revolved around the theme Terroirnomics: the powerful economy of local. Seminars provided insight and a better understanding of the richness of…

Meet 10 Female Chefs Who Are Shaking Things Up

If you haven’t noticed yet, it’s because you are not looking: female chefs are shaking things up in our industry and working hard at elevating not only food but also the quality of life through food. Restaurants Canada is proud to support these inspiring female chefs and was proud to honour  Joshna Maharaj with…

One-on-One With Chef Miriam Streiman

Chef Miriam Streiman takes pride in not only on nourishing stomachs but also minds. She has been invested in the food community since the day she enrolled in the Culinary Management Program at George Brown College, and never left it! After years working in food styling and recipe development for TV programs and various publications, Miriam opened Mad Maple in…

One-on-One With Chef Eleanor Sim

Born and raised in Singapore, Chef Eleanor Sim – or as she likes to be called, Elle – moved to Toronto in 2015. Her first surprise did not come from the amounts of maple syrup we eat, but rather from our accessibility to fresh and locally farmed produce. Talk about…

One-on-One With chef Rebecca Russo

Chef Rebecca Russo is one of a kind! This prodigy who grew up on a farm, surrounded by food, made sustainable cooking her life. Today as chef and manager for a sustainably-run cooperative faculty and grad lounge at York University, she shares this passion and respect for good produce with everybody…

On The Hunt For Some Canadian Terroir

The Oxford Dictionary defines the word “terroir” as “the complete natural environment in which a particular wine is produced, including factors such as the soil, topography and climate.” Stéphane Modat, chef at Restaurant Chaplain at Quebec’s Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac, is often asked to create cuisine from the Canadian terroir.…

One-on-One With Chef Rachel Bies

Chef Rachel Bies is one of these power-women for whom sleep is an option. You can find her pretty much anywhere from TV to national publications, from fancy kitchens to a jury table at the RC Show culinary competition. Maybe her secret is not so secret… As an experienced holistic nutritionist, Rachel is able to whip up the most balanced recipe packed with the energy…