#FIRSTLOOK: CHEF MARK MCEWAN LAUNCHES NEW WEBSERIES “CHEF TO CHEF” | LAUNCH PARTY
Canadian Celebrity Chef and Restauranteur Mark McEwan is known for thrilling the tastebuds of his most influencial clientele and also Canadians, many who know him as head judge on Top Chef Canada. He takes his talent and charisma to a new platform with upcoming Webseries, CHEF TO CHEF, presented by Centennial College and Grub Content.
The highly-digestible new show has McEwan chatting intimately – no expletives spared – with top Canadian culinary forces. They share their journeys and their paths to success, their struggles and their own culinary pleasures. Episode one has him chatting with Bar Isbael and The Black Hoof founder Grant van Gameren, snacking on canned seafood, crisps and espresso. van Gameren despite having risen to the top of the culinary scene in Toronto describes himself as feeling “stressed, overworked and broke” as ever before, clearing the misconception that he has large financial backer. He admits to having had to refinance his own home to fund a new creative space for his company. “People are emotionally-hungry more than ever. They want to eat, but also are craving a feeling”, he says about today’s diners.
Hosted at Centennial College‘s Event Centre, the affair curated by Shalit Foods, brought out a full house to screen episode one of CHEF TO CHEF. The Series has its sights set on up to ten episodes. Episode two features PICK 6IX founder Chef Antonio Park. Guests dined on some exquisite fare including Oysters and Bacon Lobster Cheeseburger Sliders by Sand & Pearl (Suzanne Barr), Ceviche Verde and Sikorsiki Spicy Chorizo (Victor Dries), Fabrica’s Classic Pepperoni Pizza Al Taglio and Fois Gras Mousse Crostini (Mark McEwan), Gnocchi (Centennial College School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts), Desserts by Delysèes (Fred Naggar) and more. Cocktails were crafted by Shangri La Hotel’s Kevin Reuschel.
McEwan may or may not have saw us trying to down his delectable Fois Gras Mousse Crostini in one bite and cheered us on. 😳
We even spotted Chef Matt Basile (Lisa Marie, Fidel Gastro’s) out showing his support!
Joe Baker, Dean of Centennial College tells the audience, the Series is about positive, authentic industry stories. “There is a shortage of labour in the food industry”, he says. “The Series contributes to positive, inclusive workplaces. We have to be proactive about changes so we can be a part of the change.”. “Healthy work places mean a healthy work force and a healthy industry.”.
See some Snaps of the night below. Hover cursor left and right to navigate slideshow:
CHEF TO CHEF episode one streams Friday, July 5, 2018. Episode two is to come later in July.
Learn more at http://www.cheftochef.ca.
(Photo/video credit: Mr. Will Wong)