November 6, 2014 By Steven Chester Amanda Ray credits her successes to her positivity, hard work, and perhaps a bit of mania. The young chef worked up the ladder at every back-of-house station en route to her role as Chef de Cuisine at Biff’s Bistro, part of Oliver & Bonacini’s 11 fine dining locations in Ontario.
“I think all chefs ... Read more about this post
March 31, 2014 Where are your favourite places to eat?
Locally, I hit a Korean spot called BOAZ for Korean snacks. But I love going away on eating adventures. In the last years, some of my favourite places have been BUCA, Canoe and Bar Isabel in Toronto, Le Bremner and Maison Publique in Montreal, and Mallard Cottage in Newfoundland. What ... Read more about this post
March 19, 2014 Renaissance Restaurateur
By Steven Chester Despite his many successes as a celebrity chef, cookbook author, and restaurant owner, Massimo Capra still feels the pull from the shy, young farm boy from Cremona, Italy he once was.
Cooking school was his choice for escaping small-town life, where his father ran a dairy operation. After finishing primary school, Capra was ... Read more about this post
November 14, 2013 A Passion for Community
By Steven Chester “No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.”
When John Donne wrote this famous passage nearly 400 years ago, the literary legend was observing how every one of us is an integral component in the fabric of ... Read more about this post