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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.

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.

New York Times Spends Time in Toronto

Here at Where Toronto magazine, we’ve dedicated many years exploring this city and reporting back on the best it has to offer. Each member of our seasoned staff has his or her favourites (this editor, for example, is constantly craving chef Martin Kouprie’s cuisine at Pangaea, while a colleague can’t get enough of the timeless treasures at home-and-garden boutique Teatro Verde), but it’s always interesting to get an outside opinion. This past weekend, no less an authority than the New York Times weighed in with its selection of things to see, neighbourhoods to visit and restaurants at which to dine—all part of its regular “36 Hours in…” travel column.

Culinary hot spot Madeline's is among the Toronto restaurants noted by the <i>New York Times</i> (Photo by Neill Sturgess).

Culinary hot spot Madeline's is among the Toronto restaurants noted by the New York Times (Photo by Neill Sturgess).

In particular, the article highlights the über-trendy environs comprising the western portion of downtown Toronto—Queen and King streets west of Spadina Avenue, pointing out Where-approved nosh spots like Madeline’s, Oddfellows and Nyood, plus the contemporary art galleries of West Queen West, the Drake Hotel and more.

All in all it’s a worthwhile read—though it will take much more than a day-and-a-half to experience everything that this city has to offer. Perhaps you should start planning a return visit?