Get to Know Local Star Chef Nick McGregor

Erin Maynes | Posted 09.28.2014 | Canada
Erin Maynes

Nick McGregor found his passion for cooking on the West Coast where localism and product sustainability are king. Now, you can get a taste of his We...

Get to Know "Boy Wonder" Chef Luke Hayes-Alexander

Erin Maynes | Posted 08.27.2014 | Canada Living
Erin Maynes

Luke Hayes-Alexander has been dubbed the "boy-wonder" of the culinary world, and, while this title might be cheesy, it's hard to describe Luke any other way. At age 11, Luke devoted himself to cooking so intensely that by age 15 he was executive chef of his own restaurant, Luke's Gastronomy in Kingston, ON.

Get to Know Calgary Foodie Dan Clapson

Erin Maynes | Posted 06.02.2014 | Canada Living
Erin Maynes

Dan Clapson is one of Calgary's top foodies -- eating his way across the city and rubbing elbows with some of the most exciting up-and-coming chefs. Dan curates the April edition of the CHEF'S BOX -- a monthly food subscription box delivered by We got the inside scoop on his favourite eats (in recent memory) and must-visit spots for Canadian foodies.

Get to Know Chef Eric Wood at The Beverley

Erin Maynes | Posted 05.06.2014 | Canada Living
Erin Maynes

Eric Wood -- the chef at the helm of the super hot Beverley Hotel -- is a very likeable guy. There really isn't a more accurate way to describe this dynamic chef who is putting down roots in Toronto after years of globe trotting. Eric curates the March edition of the CHEF'S BOX.

Get to Know Chef Rory White at the Royal Canadian Yacht Club

Erin Maynes | Posted 03.16.2014 | Canada Living
Erin Maynes

The youngest contestant from season three of Top Chef Canada, Rory has a passion for butchery and charcuterie (and loves nothing more than to escape from the city to hunt, fish and forage for Canadian delicacies). Currently Rory wows the patrons of the Royal Canadian Yacht Club and this month he is curating the January edition of the Chef's Box.

32 Things You'll See On Menus In 2014

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 12.13.2013 | Canada Living

Fluke, sweetbreads, tortas and cemitas. Not familiar with these food terms? Soon you may be, if the predictions of influential food diviners come true...

Get to Know Chef Mark McEwan

Erin Maynes | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Erin Maynes

Chef Mark McEwan curates the November edition of the Chef's Box -- a monthly artisan food subscription from Below he shares his late...

Barenaked Foodie: Steven Page Launches 'Illegal' Cooking Show

HuffPost Canada Music | Liisa Ladouceur | Posted 10.22.2013 | Canada Music

If celebrity chefs are the new rock stars, what to make of a rock star who hosts a food show? Steven Page, former vocalist for the Barenaked Ladies, i...

Get to Know Chef Patrick Turcot

Erin Maynes | Posted 12.22.2013 | Canada
Erin Maynes

Patrick Turcot, Executive Chef at Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu, uses the endless supply of regional ingredients from the Charlevoix region as his cu...

A Foodie You Should Know: Ivy Knight

Erin Maynes | Posted 12.10.2013 | Canada
Erin Maynes

Ivy Knight knows where to eat, drink and party in Toronto. She sat down with me to dish on the best spots the city has to offer.

A Foodie You Should Know: John Szabo

Erin Maynes | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Erin Maynes

John Szabo was the first Canadian to add the "Master Sommelier" credential to his name and is one of 188 master sommeliers currently sipping wine worldwide. Here John Szabo tells us about his hidden talents, favourite food and essential kitchen tools.

A Foodie You Should Know: Whitney Rose

Erin Maynes | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Erin Maynes

Since storming onto the Toronto singer-songwriter scene in 2011, Whitney Rose has endeared herself to just about everyone with her songwriting, authentic country voice and throwback style influenced by Patsy Cline and Kitty Wells. Here Whitney tells us about her travels across Canada and her perfect food day.

A Foodie You Should Know: Devin Cuddy

Erin Maynes | Posted 11.05.2013 | Canada Living
Erin Maynes

Toronto's Devin Cuddy (yes, son of Blue Rodeo's Jim Cuddy) is carving his own niche. His unique style effortlessly marries New Orleans Blues and Country Music with a distinctive element of Canadiana. Here Devin tells us about the state of his kitchen, best meals for an up-and-coming artist and most romantic thing he's ever done for a girl.

Get to Know Chef Michael Noble

Erin Maynes | Posted 11.04.2013 | Canada Living
Erin Maynes

Internationally inspired, classically trained, Chef Michael Noble is passionate about food! As the chef and proprietor at Calgary's NOtaBLE ~ The Restaurant, you can taste this love and enthusiasm for food in every bite.

Get to Know Chef David Hawksworth

Erin Maynes | Posted 10.01.2013 | Canada
Erin Maynes

David Hawksworth is one of Canada's leading culinary talents. At Hawksworth Restaurant he has created the ideal setting to deliver compelling contem...

This Chef Does it All - Yachts, Safaris & Québec Cuisine

Erin Maynes | Posted 09.23.2013 | Canada Impact
Erin Maynes

Chef Sébastien Houle spent several years as head chef on some of the world's largest yachts. In 2005 he returned to Québec and opened Restaurant sEb l'artisan culinaire. His inventive cuisine is inspired by his many voyages throughout the world, while using the very best local products in the Laurentians and throughout Québec.

BBQ Guru Ted Reader Gets Grilled

Erin Maynes | Posted 07.31.2013 | Canada Living
Erin Maynes

Famous Canadian chef and author of over 12 cookbooks, Ted Reader, shares his ideal Father's Day meal (that he cooks!), his favourite things to do with his children, and memories of his father.

Trish Magwood's Picks for a Perfect Mother's Day

Erin Maynes | Posted 07.09.2013 | Canada
Erin Maynes

With Mother's Day just around the corner, I've been thinking of who is an exemplary mom that exudes love of food in Canada. And while several names came to mind, there are few Canadian food gurus that have the credentials of Trish Magwood.

Tips for Spring Eating From Top Chefs

Erin Maynes | Posted 07.09.2013 | Canada Living
Erin Maynes

Sustainable seasonal and regional cuisine is the focus, and this Ottawa restaurant's gardens provide the kitchen with the freshest of vegetables, herbs and edible flowers. I recently nabbed a few moments of top chef Charlie Part's time to learn more about how he got started and what drives his pursuit of local excellence.

How To Get Canada's Top Chefs To Cook For You

Erin Maynes | Posted 06.09.2013 | Canada Living
Erin Maynes

Subscription e-commerce usually charges customers a monthly fee, but most of these subscription services don't ship to Canada, and especially not in the food niche.'s team launched its own online marketplace for small, independent Canadian foodmakers last summer offering subscription.. but with a tasty twist.

What Chef Lora Kirk Loves to Eat

Erin Maynes | Posted 05.12.2013 | Canada Living
Erin Maynes

Since 2010, Chef Kirk has wowed Toronto with her culinary talents as Chef at Ruby Watchco. Chef Lora Kirk from talks to us about her favourite ingredients, why she prefers supporting local food producers and her perfect food day.

Foodies: the Puddle of Mudd of the Culinary World

Danko Jones | Posted 12.26.2012 | Canada Music
Danko Jones

Much in the way Nirvana begat Puddle of Mudd, the top chefs of the food renaissance have brought with them a new sub-group of preening, self-important windbags. I'm referring, of course, to people who call themselves "foodies." "Foodies" are people who feel the need to distinguish themselves from the rest of us who eat food. It all just makes me crave a Big Mac combo.

You Won't Bee-lieve What Honey Can do For You!

Erin Maynes | Posted 11.13.2012 | Canada Living
Erin Maynes

For a true burst of flavour, pick up a jar of local raw honey gathered from local bee hives. Because bees don't travel very far from the hive, the honey tastes like everything that blooms in the area, rather than a single distinctive note. Raw honey is fresh from the comb. It's not heated excessively and therefore is brimming with nutrients and enzymes. It's these enzymes which make raw honey so digestible to humans. Here are some more benefits of honey.

A Foodie Tour of Montréal

Erin Maynes | Posted 11.01.2012 | Canada
Erin Maynes

When I first visited Montréal, I couldn't believe that there are four markets in the city which are open every day of the week. These markets are treasures and offer an amazing glimpse into Montreal's unbelievable food culture.

In Heaven at a Foodie Party

Erin Maynes | Posted 10.22.2012 | Canada Living
Erin Maynes

This year, the French gastronomic group, Omnivore, went international, and selected Montreal as one of its 12 destinations. The focus is on the young, innovative talents taking on the food scene. The event took place at the Société des Arts Technologiques (SAT) -- four days where chefs from Paris and Quebec, plus one invitee from Toronto, demonstrated their techniques for local (and sometimes not so local) foodies. And boy was it delicious!