The Canadian Chefs’ Congress – an amazing organization started by famed Canadian Chef Michael Stadtländer – is on the precipice of its next big event: Spring Thaw on March 31st, sponsored by All-Clad Metalcrafters. (See the bottom of this post for a special offer on tickets!) The evening will be a tour de force of Canada’s top culinary talent, with over 20 chefs preparing whimsically delicious and stunningly presented Spring-themed eats featuring the best non-GMO and organic produce Ontario has to offer. (Oh! And there’ll be a dozen wineries pouring their finest vinos there, too!) In anticipation of this monumental evening, we’re featuring five of the Spring Thaw chefs in this week’s Tastemaker series…
Chef Jamie Kennedy has been delighting the palates of Toronto’s most discerning diners for years at various establishments. As of late, he’s been focused on his darling Gilead Cafe + Wine Bar (the latter of which started service this past December). We got to talking with Jamie about
Tell us a bit about yourself. What should people know?
I’ve been cooking in Toronto for 40 years.
Why did you get involved with the Canadian Chefs’ Congress and Spring Thaw?
I’ve been involved since it’s inception in 2008.
Can you give us a hint about what Spring-themed item you’ll be serving at the event?
Yes, my item will herald the change in season from Winter to Spring.
What’s the most underrated ingredient in your opinion?
Finish this sentence: I love Toronto because…
…Olivia Chow is running for Mayor.
What are three things you can’t live without?
Coffee, wine, and walking my dog, Champ.
What’s your favourite restaurant and its must-order dish?
I don’t have a favourite restaurant; I usually like to order french fries.
What’s your go-to cocktail and where do you go to get it?
A local craft beer followed by scotch whiskey, anywhere.
Choice karaoke song?
“Yesterday” by the Beatles.
Let’s get social for a mo’. How can people stay up-to-date with your culinary creativity?
Eat at Gilead Café & Wine Bar, check out our website, follow us on Twitter and Facebook, and look out for my book in the Fall of 2014, published by Harper Collins Canada.
To save 10% off your Spring Thaw tickets (and waive the taxes + service fees), click here and enter promo code SPRINGTHAW14. See you there!