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Interview – Jeanelle Mitchell (For the Love of Salad)

In Jeanelle Mitchell’s follow-up to her bestselling For the Love of Soup, we see the cookbook author tackle the world of salad. For the Love of Salad provides numerous ideas and inspirations for creating salads that go well beyond boring boxes of prewashed greens. Watch your salad repertoire come alive with recipes that include pastas, grains, and an assortment of vegetables along with dressings that are compatible with today’s emphasis on lighter and healthier eating.

Born in Grand Falls (New Brunswick), Jeanelle first developed her love for food while working as a flight attendant. Through her travels she quickly realized that food is a universal language, and one that she wanted to speak fluently. Her recipes are influenced from her travels and often include ingredients inspired by other parts of the world.

A couple of months ago I got an opportunity to chat with Jeanelle about her latest cookbook endeavour.

To read my entire interview with Jeanelle Mitchell, click here.

To read my review of For the Love of Salad, click here.

Chefs take home the gold medal in FOOD!

It has been nearly three months since the Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games were held in my hometown of Vancouver. Life after the flame was extinguished has basically returned to normal, although occasionally you will see people sporting our nation’s colours or spot flags hung proudly out front of houses and it is easy to remember the intense national pride and excitement that spanned the country from coast to coast during the Games.

I am an Olympic junkie, but my figure skating past endears the Winter Games closest to my heart. During the two week Olympic broadcast my television remained on virtually the entire time! Our household lived and breathed everything Olympic. Even my four year-old wore red and white everyday along with a maple leaf painted on her face.

Part of my daily Olympic routine included going online and reading posts from a blog created by Bill Pratt and Mike Greer. Bill & Mike’s Whistler Olympic Adventure detailed their cooking experiences for the Whistler Athletes Village. I was riveted! Their mission was to provide the best food and service to the Whistler Olympic and Paralympic workforce, athletes, coaches, and assistants. Led by Canadian superstar chef Michael Smith, Bill and Mike and the rest of their team cooked their way through the Games. As if that didn’t keep them busy enough, they somehow managed to find time to blog about their experiences. Throughout the Games Bill and Mike kept readers entertained and informed with behind the scene stories of their culinary adventure.

I recently had a chance to chat with Mike Greer about his time in Whistler. Click here to read the full interview.

2010 Olympic Taco Team! (6 guys, 4 hours, 1,400 tacos)

The Olympic Taco (yum!)

Whistler Olympic Dining Tent

Potato Leek Soup for 1,000 in the first kettle, and Tomato Olive Sauce in the second kettle

*All photos courtesy of Bill & Mike’s Whistler Olympic Adventure

Interview – Carolyn Hemming (Quinoa 365: The Everyday Superfood)

Carolyn Hemming and Patricia Green are sisters who share a passion for healthy living. Their commitment to health and wellness led to the publication of their first cookbook, Quinoa 365: The Everyday Superfood, where they explore the nutritional benefits and versatility of cooking with quinoa. Raised in a household that established healthy eating habits at an early age, Carolyn and Patricia continue to follow the path of ‘food as medicine’ laid out by their mother.

Quinoa (pronounced ‘keen wah’) is considered to be one of the world’s healthiest foods. Yet despite its existence for over 5,000 years this seed is only just starting to gain popularity in North America. It takes less time to cook than rice, and keeps in the refrigerator for up to a week.

This book is full of beautiful photographs and easy to follow recipes that are conveniently rated as gluten-free, kid-approved, or vegetarian. You will find quinoa based dishes for special occasions, weekday dinners, breakfast and lunch, dessert, and even baby food! Included is an interesting history of quinoa along with a breakdown of its nutritional benefits.

To read my entire interview with Carolyn Hemming, click here.

To read my review of Quinoa 365: The Everyday Superfood, click here.

Interview – Chef Anthony Sedlak

Anthony Sedlak first entered the world of food not because of his love for all things culinary, but to get hold of a free snow boarding pass! That was one of the perks of his job bussing tables at one of North Vancouver’s Grouse Mountain restaurants, where he began working at the ripe old age of 13 years. However, he quickly developed a love for working in a kitchen and by 19 had completed a culinary arts programme and a four-year apprenticeship. He represented Canada at the Hans Bueschken World Junior Chef Challenege in New Zealand when he was 23, and won a silver medal. Later that same year he became the winner of Food Network Canada’s Superstar Chef Challenge, which eventually led to hosting his own show – The Main – for a total of four seasons.

Anthony is now embarking on his next culinary adventure, heading up the kitchen as Executive Chef for Vancouver’s much anticipated new restaurant (The Corner Suite Bistro De Luxe). Prior to opening, Anthony was able to take time out of his busy day to talk to me about his book, food, and how Vancouver is pretty much the coolest city around!

To read the entire interview with Chef Anthony Sedlak, click here.

To read my review of The Main: Recipes, click here.

Interview – Barbara-Jo’s Books to Cooks

Whenever I feel the need to escape from life for a few hours and truly unwind, I don’t head to the nearest spa or sit by the beach with a novel. Nope. Instead I head over to what has become my own personal utopia: Barbara-Jo’s Books To Cooks. Located in Vancouver, this store houses everything and anything to do with cookbooks including books for professionals and beginners, rare and out-of-print books, and culinary periodicals from around the world. The store’s owner, Barbara-Jo McIntosh, designed the store to be an epicurean’s delight where food lovers and cooks of all abilities would find inspiration. An award-winning food professional with over 25 years experience in the food and hospitality industry, Barbara-Jo served on the prestigious James Beard Awards cookbook selection committee for six years. In 2003, Vancouver Magazine honoured her with a lifetime achievement award for her many contributions to the local culinary scene.

From the moment I step through the doors of this cookbook lover’s domain, I start to relax. The welcoming vibe of the store allows me to temporarily forget all of my stresses, and languidly browse books while enjoying a cup of complimentary tea. The focal point of the shop is the fully-equipped kitchen, where cooking classes and demonstrations feature recipes from new and notable books. I have yet to sign-up for a cooking class, but am determined to make it happen this year.

Recently I had an opportunity to chat with Barbara-Jo.

Our topic? Cookbooks. Duh.

To read the entire interview with Barbara-Jo McIntosh, click here.

Interview – Chef Michael Smith

Chef Michael Smith is one of Canada’s most prominent culinary figures. He is an award-winning chef, host of Food Network Canada’s Chef at Home and Chef Abroad, and is the official Food Ambassador for Prince Edward Island.

A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in New York, Michael Smith has been a professional chef for over 20 years. He is dedicated to supporting young Canadian chefs and the culinary education of our youth, and is continuously encouraging families to return to their kitchens and rediscover the joy of cooking. Michael’s style of cooking embraces the idea of simple, practical, and nutritious meals along with the exploration of “freestyle” cooking (using recipes merely as a guide for creating your own culinary masterpieces).

I was recently able to have a chat with Michael Smith while he was in town promoting his new cookbook, “The Best of Chef at Home”. Our conversation was truly inspiring, and his passion for food, cooking, and family is completely contagious.

To read the entire interview with Chef Michael Smith, click here.