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Celebrity Chefs of Canada

What excites a foodie more than seeing his/her favourite Chef creating something amazing on television? Seeing that happen right before your eyes! Foodies get set for the culinary adventure of your dreams right here in Ottawa with Celebrity Chefs of Canada Sunday, March 25th at the National Arts Centre. It promises to be a day filled to thrill the food community.

The brainchild of Executive Chef Michael Blackie of the NAC’s Le Cafe. This event pairs Ottawa’s amazingly talented Chefs with celebrity Chef talent from across the country. What a treat, an afternoon of demos, an evening of tasting, and an opportunity to extend the night with a private after-party where you can mingle with your favourites.

The Chef line-up looks like this:

Hosting Local Chefs

Michael Blackie, National Arts Centre
Matthew Carmichael, Restaurant 18
Jonathan Korecki, Side Door
Marc Lepine, Atelier
Patricia Larkin, Black Cat Bistro
Clifford Lyness, Brookstreet
Cesare Santaguida, Vittoria Trattoria
Jason Duffy, ARC Lounge

Visiting Chefs Confirmed to date:

Susur Lee
LEE, Toronto

Vikram Vij
Vij’s, Vancouver

Jason Bangerter
Luma, Toronto

Patrick McMurray
Star Fish, Toronto

Quang Dang
West Restaurant, Vancouver

Ned Bell
Four Seasons Hotel, Vancouver

Jason Parsons
Peller Estates, Niagara

Lynn Crawford
Ruby Watchco, Toronto

Jeremy Charles
Raymond’s Restaurant, St. John’s

What else can I say about this genius event? As a foodie I am so there and bringing all my foodie friends with me.

BTW-stayed tuned at the lemon kitchen as I am one of the bloggers associated with the event, paired with Chef Santaguida and Chef Vij (you can’t seem me right now, but I’m grinning like a thirteen year-old with a crush). I have a cookbook give-away coming up:

And lots more about Celebrity Chefs Canada. See you there!

For ticket information please visit the NAC’s Celebrity Chefs of Canada page.



A Taste of the Prairies

Looking forward to another wonderful food event at the National Arts Centre!

A Taste of the Prairies

Live Cooking Demonstration and Tasting Event
May 4, 2011, 7pm
National Arts Centre – Le Salon

Chefs Alexander Svenne of Manitoba, and Saskatchewan’s Dan Walker will be demonstrating their signature culinary styles. Hosted by NAC Executive Chef, Michael Blackie, this event will feature five tasting plates and wine.

Alexander Svenne is a Red Seal chef who pioneered regional cuisine at several popular Winnipeg restaurants before opening the popular Bistro 7 1⁄4.

Dan Walker took home the prestigious 2010 Saskatoon Gold Medal Plates gold award, and is the Executive Chef of Saskatoon’s Weczeria Food & Wine.

The Prairie inspired menu goes like this:

From Chef Dan Walker:

Northern Pike Roe/Peas/Fresh Pasta


Saskatoon Raised Wagyu Rib Eye/Potato/Red Onion/Roast Garlic

From Chef Alexander Svenne:

Pickerel Cheek Ceviche/Pickerel Mousseline/White Fish Caviar/Fried Pickerel Cheek/Red Beet Borscht/Horseradish Creme Fraiche


Red Wine Rosemary Cured Elk Loin/Pickled Radish/Rye Caraway Cracker/“Sweet Nicky Brown” Braised Elk Shoulder/Jerusalem Artichoke Puree/Beer-Marinated Crispy Onions

From Chef Michael Blackie:

Crispy Baked Hazelnut Glutinous Rice Ball/Tarragon – Cheesecake Core /Saskatoon Berry – Green Peppercorn Pull

So after reading that menu, how can you not attend? Click on the Taste of the Prairies link above for ticket info.