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To School or Not to School

Recently one of my readers, Kimberly (check out what she’s doing on her blog), requested my experience with culinary school. In the industry more and more people are getting a formal education. That being said, there are certainly still those who have attended the school of hard knocks. It is a rare industry where education … Continue reading

Night Before Culinary School Started

If I Had Only Known

Dear Greg, It is me, you, from the future. It is 2012, you have been out of school for less than a year and already you have been offered your first job as Sous Chef! Great work, you deserve it. You proved yourself by showing up at day one ready to go, taking initiative, working … Continue reading

Duck Liver Pate

Duck Liver Paté

Offal is definitely a passion of mine, as you can see in my previous post titled You Eat Meat, Right?. This Duck Liver Pate is a pretty good introduction to the taste of liver. The thyme and red wine give the pate a great nose, the honey makes it nice and sweet, and the smooth … Continue reading

Fitbit Kitchen Review

Fitbit Kitchen Review

As I have been humbly attempting to slim down ever so slightly, I have been more in touch with what’s going on in the fitness world these days. One very interesting trend is the aid of technology in helping us track our goals, and in this article I am speaking specifically about one such device: … Continue reading

Apple Pumpkin Soup

I can see my breath. Beyond that it was only October 23rd when the magical white stuff started falling from the sky. Foolishly I thought to myself: “that will be gone in a few hours” and yet two days later still more snow fell on top of what already rested upon the ground. While I … Continue reading

So You Want to Date a Chef: Date Night!

My fiancee, Jessica, has written another instalment of her series, So You Want to Date a Chef. Be sure to check out the previous posts in the series, as well as her blog and website. Living with your partner often means you have chances to connect with them intermittently throughout the day. Although I am … Continue reading

Death to the Turkeys

Death to the Turkeys

You may remember that back at the end of June I outlined my intention to visit a local abattoir. While the scheduling of this has not yet panned out, I still intend on following through with this. However, just as Thanksgiving was approaching here in Canada, I had the opportunity to help some local colleagues … Continue reading

Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken Pot Pie with Tea Biscuit Crust

It must have been around the end of June that Dad sent me an email asking me for a great Chicken Pot Pie recipe. It didn’t matter to him that the sweltering months of the summer were just around the corner, he needed a solution to his pot pie conundrum. Chicken pot pie, it turns … Continue reading

13 Ways to Piss Off the Back of House

13 Ways to Piss Off the Back of House

1.) Steal My Mise – I get that you are busy, and I get that because I too am busy. So don’t come back into the kitchen and jam your unclean hand into my cold table to steal my lime wedges without asking. 2.) Complain About Your Tips – “Man it was so slow tonight, … Continue reading

Dish Pit

Ode to the Dishies

The dishies. Dishwasher, hey boy, you there, dish bitch, pit pig, etc. This post is to honour all of the dish washers out there who bust their ass every night. By far, the dish washer is the most overworked, underpaid and unappreciated employee in a restaurant. Beyond this, their job is very difficult to do, … Continue reading