Sunday, May 8, 2011

Keeping tabs on Canada's Top Chefs

Looking forward to Monday's episode? Here are some recent news stories about your Top Chefs.
Vancouver's Dale Mackay, of Daniel Boulud's defunct Lumière, has a new venture that is about to open. Ensemble Restaurant and Bar had their soft opening on Friday and will officially open on Tuesday. You can follow the restaurant on Twitter @EnsembleVan. Check out some of the past Tweets and photos for a sneak-peek inside.
The opening of Mackay's new resto-bar will certainly benefit from the publicity of Mackay's appearances on Top Chef Canada. We can only wonder if Mackay's new restaurant is funded with the $100,000 grand prize money. The announcement of Mackay's new project came immediately after the closing of Lumière. You can book your table online here.
Toronto's Andrea Nicholson is holding a cooking class at her restaurant Great Cooks on 8. The class features the Chef's dishes from the Quick Fire challenges. Class is on May 17 and costs $110. For more information click here. An as appetizer to Monday's episode of Top Chef Canada you can watch Chef Nicholson on The Marilyn Denis show. Shania Twain is also on the show. You can watch the video of Chef Nicholson here. The Chef whipped up three dishes, grilled asparagus salad with prosciutto & Parmesan, tomato, fresh herbs, cucumber & yogurt and baby spinach salad with green apple avocado & maple dressing.
Rebekah Pearse had an exciting service at her new job at Mission Hill winery in Kelowna. The Chef did an event with Chefs Frank Pabst from Blue Water Café and Todd Howard of CinCin in Vancouver. Pearse prepared a buckwheat honey parfait served on almond nougatine with sponge toffee, nectarine sorbet and almond beignet. Co-incidentally Top Chef Canada competitor François Gagnon worked with Chef Pabst at Blue Water Café prior to the show.
You can see pics and read more on Chef Pearse's blog.

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