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Meet the Chef

culinary_addict Nov 30, 2006 05:08 PM

Is there a restaurant in Toronto where the chef will come out and greet some of the customers? I think you can tell a lot about a restaurant and their food from the chef's appearance and attitude.

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    hhost.ca RE: culinary_addict Nov 30, 2006 05:38 PM

    Any time I have gone to Splendido, chef David Lee would visit our table and others in the dining room.

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      sierramum RE: hhost.ca Dec 1, 2006 05:15 PM

      Yes. And he's a very pleasant guy. :-)

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      zoohort2 RE: culinary_addict Nov 30, 2006 06:44 PM

      Rod Bowers at The Rosebud (669 Queen Street West)

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        Mila RE: zoohort2 Dec 1, 2006 01:17 PM

        Yes, Rod is great, always time to chat and always enquires how you liked the food and specifically what you thought of different items.

      2. Full tummy RE: culinary_addict Nov 30, 2006 06:47 PM

        Susur has come around a number of times when I've been there.

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          sweetie RE: Full tummy Dec 1, 2006 05:14 PM

          I have seen Susur at Lee as well.

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          starvin RE: culinary_addict Nov 30, 2006 06:53 PM

          "Pomegranate" in the Beaches....Queen St.E near Lee Ave. The chef is the owner, and you can watch him cook your food. We've been there several times, and he has come out from behind his cooking counter everytime to talk to us. And the food is amazing as well!

          FYI-Closed on Mondays
          -Cash and Debit only

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            cloverkill RE: culinary_addict Nov 30, 2006 07:07 PM

            the last time i was at Mistura, the chef came out and spoke to each table.

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              jayseeca RE: culinary_addict Dec 1, 2006 01:39 AM

              When I went to Mirabelle Wine Bar, the chef Deron Enbergs (sp?) came out to greet and talk to all the customers in the place.

              1. Jacquilynne RE: culinary_addict Dec 1, 2006 05:52 PM

                An obvious choice would be Perigee, where the chefs are all right there.

                1. TOfoodie RE: culinary_addict Dec 1, 2006 08:39 PM

                  David Adjey often pops around Maro during the service to speak with guests.

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                    The Macallan 18 RE: TOfoodie Dec 3, 2006 10:58 PM

                    Lol, the question asked in this post is about meeting a CHEF! David Adjey, is not so much a chef as he is great self proclaimed celebrity TV personality who does nothing but walk around, make lame jokes a la Pauly Shore and thinks he is too cool for cooking school! Next time you need someone to "re-do" a menu at a bowling alley, diner or train station...Adjey's your man!

                    As for the question...any real restaurant with a real chef, can be found making the rounds in his dining room. If your really curious to meet the chef, just ask for him to come out, or to have a tour of the kitchen.

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                    to_frankie RE: culinary_addict Dec 3, 2006 05:44 AM

                    chef at Ikaros often comes out and speaks with guests. As does Matteo at Mitsura.

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                      bluedog RE: culinary_addict Dec 3, 2006 06:49 PM

                      Jaimie Kennedy has spoken to us at the Wine Bar and was very pleasant when greeting my (then) 10 year old, who was very impressed with both meeting the chef/owner and watching her food get prepared at the cooking bar.

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                        88GK RE: culinary_addict Dec 4, 2006 03:36 AM

                        Jamie Kennedy is certainly a engaging personality. I was also impressed with Ikaros. good spot in midtown

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                          foodlover99 RE: culinary_addict Dec 26, 2006 03:58 AM

                          The Chef/Owner at Ikaros Authentic Greek Cuisine on Yonge comes out to meet the patrons. It is certainly a nice touch and a refreshing change

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