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An Interview at the famed Ballymaloe Cookery School, Cork, Ireland

The end of August I visited for the first time, the Emerald Isle, otherwise known as Ireland. Green and lush, I was impressed with the cornucopian bounty of the markets, the freshness of the local and seasonal seafood and products, not to mention the superb rich dairy, from the splendid triple creams to spectacular cheeses, cheddars of course. 91 more words

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A Conversation with the Legendary Michel Roux

The first time this legendary French-born chef visited Vancouver was in 2003. The famed chef/owner of the Michelin-starred Waterside Inn and Le Gavroche, Michel was visiting a couple months ago for the 4th time and was in town promoting his new cookbook Essence of French Cooking. 61 more words

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Gus Stieffenhofer-Brandson – Perch Restaurant at UBC

Working at Vancouver Community College, I have many young cooks ask me how they go about becoming a great Chef. There are definitely different schools of thought on this, but last week I was at Barbara-Jo’s Books to Cooks and had a chance to listen to Michel Roux answer this very same question. 403 more words

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The Chef At Nicli’s Next Door

As you probably know, I’m a big fan of our city’s young chefs and what they are doing.  I have had the chance to eat Josh Gale’s food at Nicli’s Next Door a few times now, and it has always been simple, tasty and clean. 460 more words

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World's hottest pepper: Was it or wasn't it?

Who knew peppers were such a hot topic?

After I brought you the story on Monday of Marpole resident Brad Dodds, who grew the world’s hottest pepper in his back yard and took the first bite on camera for us, a number of readers wrote to me insisting that the pepper in question was not, in fact, a Carolina Reaper. 310 more words

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Young Chefs who are making a difference and leaving their mark on our city.

Young Chefs who are making a difference and leaving their mark on our city. I’d like to introduce you to Justin Cheung, the Restaurant Chef at Longtail Kitchen at New Westminster’s River Market, along with one of my favourite chefs, Longtail’s owner, Angus An. 767 more words

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North Carolina: Barbecue Capital!

Walking into the 53 year old family run Lexington Barbecue, I’m transferred back to a bygone retro era of Formica-topped tables and wood paneled walls plastered with a plethora of barbecue awards and memorabilia. 1,868 more words

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