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Get to know a Chef: Susur Lee

Posted by Liora Ipsum / April 16, 2014

Susur LeeSusur Lee might just be one of Toronto's most recognizable chefs thanks to major televised cook-offs (Iron Chef America and Top Chef, to name just a couple) and a slew of restaurants in Singapore and Toronto. I sat down with Lee at Luckee, his newly opened dim sum spot in the Soho Metropolitan Hotel, to get his take on Toronto's dining scene and how he keeps his concepts fresh with a traditional bent.

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Get to Know a Chef: Grant van Gameren, Bar Isabel

Posted by Liora Ipsum / February 1, 2014

Grant van GamerenChef Grant van Gameren, founding co-owner at Black Hoof and now Bar Isabel apparently didn't grow up eating adventurous cuisine. I caught up with the chef in advance of his upcoming role as judge for Chef's Challenge: The Ultimate Battle for a Cure to chat about how he got into the business and how he keeps himself challenged in the kitchen these days.

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Toronto through the eyes of Martin Short

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / January 19, 2014

Martin Short TorontoMartin Short is one of Canada's best-known comedy exports. After making his mark on the Toronto comedy scene (alongside fellow Can-con legends John Candy and Eugene Levy) in the Second City troupe in the late '70s, his work on SCTV and Saturday Night Live in the early '80s catapulted him into the sketch-comedy pantheon.

In the years since, he's popped up in countless oddball character roles on film and TV (notably in How I Met Your Mother and Arrested Development); created his celebrity-interviewer alter ego, Jiminy Glick; and judged the first - and to date, the only - season of Canada's Got Talent.

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Toronto through the eyes of Owen Pallett

Posted by Aubrey Jax / November 17, 2013

Owen PallettOwen Pallett immediately brings to mind Toronto's reputation as an indie music stronghold. Formerly the force behind Final Fantasy, winner of the first ever Polaris Prize in 2006, the composer and violinist is now a solo artist and a remarkably busy musician, touring and collaborating with the likes of Arcade Fire, The Mountain Goats, The National, and even Taylor Swift and Duran Duran.

It's less likely that Pallett's name would bring to mind ballet, but that's exactly what he's set his hands on this fall. The National Ballet of Canada's new series Innovation will present the words of four Canadian choreographers starting next week, including Toronto choreographer Robert Binet's Unearth, a half hour long dance which features an original score by Pallett.

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Get to Know a Chef: Rosa Marinuzzi, 7 Numbers

Posted by Natalie Chu / November 3, 2013

Rosa MarinuzziSpend a few moments with Rosa Marinuzzi and it's easy to see this woman was born to cook. The Southern Italian chef practically lives in the small kitchen quarters of her Eglinton Avenue restaurant, 7 Numbers. Marinuzzi exudes the warmth and passion for food you'd expect any nonna would have: her red sauce is homey, her pasta perfectly al dente, and her freewheeling hand is always ready to add a little more "love" to the pan.

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Get to know a bartender: Quenton Fortune, Churchill

Posted by Vincent Pollard / May 29, 2013

Quenton Fortune ChurchillIf you've spent any time on Dundas West over the past couple of years, you've no doubt been served a cocktail or two by Quenton Fortune at Churchill. Or, if you're a little further north, you might have encountered him at the recently opened Rose & Sons, the boutique diner launched by ex-Drake chef Anthony Rose. I popped into Churchill one afternoon before service to speak to Quenton about how he got into bartending and growing up in an ever-expanding Toronto.

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