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Lynn Crawford

Hot Dining: Excitement You Can Eat at the Delicious Food Show

Lynn Crawford is but one of the top chefs at the Delicious Food Show

OCTOBER 20 TO 23 Canada’s premier culinary expo cooks up a storm for three and a half days of taste bud bliss. The Delicious Food Show brings together world-class chefs alongside lifestyle and decor experts to showcase the best in both cooking and entertaining. Top Toronto chefs including Lynn Crawford, Corbin Tomaszeski, Mark McEwan and others flaunt their skills on the Delicious Celebrity Kitchen Stage, while seminars offer advice on everything from cake decorating to hosting a fabulous Sunday brunch. Exhibition Place, Better Living Centre, admission $20 ($75 for opening night preview); call 416-960-9161 or visit here for more information.

2010 Dining Guide: Looking at Cooking

These four Toronto-based chefs take to the airwaves weekly on the Food Network
to offer insights into their craft.

2010 Dining Guide: New Arrivals

Toronto’s reputation as a dining destination continues to grow. These restaurants—opened over the past 12 months—have only enhanced that image.

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Hot Dining: TV Chefs Get Real

Roger Mooking

Supplement your celebrity-spotting experience during this month’s Toronto International Film Festival by dining at the restaurants of these TV-star chefs.

1 Originally an award-winning soul musician, Roger Mooking now spices things up as the head chef for hip fusion joints Kultura and Nyood. He also shows off his recipes and ebullient personality on Food Network Canada’s Everyday Exotic.

2 On The Heat, chef Mark McEwan balances a recently opened fine-food emporium, a high-end catering company and three hugely successful restaurants. Like what you see on the tube? You can nosh on McEwan’s sophisticated contemporary cuisine—and maybe catch him in action—at North 44, Bymark and One.

3 Lynn Crawford is well known to Torontonians for injecting freshness into tired kitchens on Restaurant Makeover. These days, the top chef shares her love of local ingredients at her lauded farm-to-table restaurant Ruby Watchco, and on the culinary road show Pitchin’ In.

Hot Dining: Scott Conant’s Taste of Italy

Scott Conant's spaghetti

In addition to many restaurants run by locally based boldface chefs like Susur Lee and Lynn Crawford, Toronto can now boast of attracting a culinary icon from abroad. This summer, New York chef Scott Conant opens the first international outpost of his well-reviewed Scarpetta. Like Conant’s seasonally inspired menu—featuring his signature spaghetti plus new recipes utilizing fresh, local ingredients—the 150-seat Italian establishment melds old and new, as natural woods, bronze and leather accents, and hand-blown glass chandeliers simultaneously evoke rustic Tuscany and up-to-the-minute Milan. In all, it’s both a complementary space within the new Thompson Hotel, and a dynamic addition to Toronto’s dining scene. Call for hours and to reserve. 550 Wellington St. W., 416-640-7778.

Hot Dining: Lynn Crawford’s Latest

Anyone who has seen chef Lynn Crawford on her Food Network television show Pitchin’ In knows that she holds her ingredients in high regard. Her latest culinary venture, the quirkily named Ruby Watchco, takes this freshness fetish to its logical and ever-delicious end. Tuesdays through Saturdays the former Four Seasons executive chef—abetted by equally talented kitchen comrade Lora Kirk—creates a nightly four-course prix fixe menu ($49) showcasing the seasonal bounty of Ontario farms. Anything goes at this welcoming neighbourhood nook, but for a taste, a recent evening proceeded thusly: a fried Malpeque oyster salad to start, then braised veal brisket with wild leek perogies, a wedge of Lankaaster from Glengarry Fine Cheese, and apple pandowdy for dessert.