The French media darling, chef Danny StPierre 

We get up close and personal with a true icon of the Montreal food scene: chef Danny StPierre. Raw and candid, chef Danny StPierre reveals his inspiring life’s work, both past and present, as he whisks host Heidi Small around Montreal.

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Theo Lerikos:
Fed by rich life experience

August 8, 2018

Food, family and friends are intertwined for the St-Henri Tuck Shop's chef.

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Dyan Solomon:
Love and Restaurants

May 2, 2018

In our new series Beyond the Plate, chef Solomon says after she and Eric Girard fell in love and created Olive et Gourmando and Foxy, they 'broke up, survived and became even better business partners.'

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Chef Liam Barron and his partners Max Ruiz Laing and Mike Griffin reveal and share their humble start. From $5 dollar bowl of cherries to seasonal celebrated menu offerings, restaurant Bar Loïc has a great story.


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From boys to men!
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Paul Toussaint brings Haitian heart to Agrikol

July 10, 2019

The Haitian-born chef's resilience and respect define the Montreal restaurant co-owned by Arcade Fire’s Régine Chassagne and Win Butler.
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Fisun Ercan brings tastes of Turkey to Montreal

May 30, 2019

From a Turkish town to the Quebec countryside, the owner of Su restaurant has followed her passions every step of the way.
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Charles-Antoine Crête brings a creative vision
to life

May 3, 2019

From a Mirabel dish pit to the famed kitchen at Toqué! to the bold presentations at Montréal Plaza, Crête has taken the right direction.

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Chef Stephen Leslie’s success is born of swagger and ambition

April 4, 2019

The Montreal chef has taken his share of hits, but learned the pleasure of expecting the unexpected — and shares that pleasure with customers at Provisions and Le Petit Italien.

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Pablo Rojas makes provisions for success

March 6, 2019

The Montreal chef has taken his share of hits, but learned the pleasure of expecting the unexpected — and shares that pleasure with customers at Provisions and Le Petit Italien.

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Nora Gray's Emma Cardarelli is no outsider

November 7, 2018

An alumna of the Joe Beef empire, Cardarelli has blazed her own trail, from a serendipitous summer job through to her acclaimed restaurants Nora Gray and Elena.

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Le Bremner's Danny Smiles dreams his way to the top

November 29, 2018

The Montrealer describes himself as "a floater," but hard decisions and momentous challenges — and some good fortune — led him to a partnership with rock-star chef Chuck Hughes.

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Hof Kelsten's panettone is a hit for the holidays

December 12, 2018

Jeffrey Finkelstein travelled far and wide in order to create his signature panettone, a seasonal favourite at Hof Kelsten bakery.

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Bird Bar's Kimberly Lallouz always seeks a challenge

January 31, 2019

The ambitious restaurateur behind Montreal's Miss Prêt à Manger, Monsieur Restaurant & Bar and Bird Bar grew up fast, but building her empire took time, patience and trust.

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Raegan Steinberg, Alex Cohen share a nosh

October 10, 2018

The founders of Montreal's popular Arthurs Nosh Bar discuss their very different culinary backgrounds, and how they joined forces in and out of the kitchen.

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Antonio Park: 
Multicultural in life and in food

August 30, 2018

The Montreal star chef's restaurants have been informed by his complex upbringing, weaving together South Korean and South American heritage.

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John Winter Russell:
Fearless Forager

July 4, 2018

The Montreal chef didn't take

the easy path, but has distinguished himself with a focus on local, seasonal ingredients.

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Joe Mercuri:
The Accidental Star Chef

May 30, 2018

He started out "like a turtle — hiding, using the kitchen as my shell," but Mercuri is now a gregarious presence on the Montreal food scene.

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There is something about loss and the depths of despair that can bring on change and heal like no balm ever could.

It was exactly three years ago that I lost my father. A deadly and unforgiving brain tumour took him at the age of 71.

The lessons from my father are profound. In fact, they continue to shape me every day. 


My father had this gift: He loved his life, the true elixir for happiness. I was taught by example to chase what impassions.

And on a freezing cold day in January, that’s exactly what I did. Which is how this monthly column was born.

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