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Luke's in Kingston

  • icey Jun 16, 2009 06:08 AM

Hi Everyone,
I just read an article in Toronto Life about a young 18 year old chef in Kingston who is apparently turning some heads with the calibre of his cooking at such a young age.
I tried to search the board for some information but it seems a little outdated. Has anyone been to Luke's lately?

Apparently, LUke has a voracious appetite to learn as much as possible when it comes to food and he is a big proponent of using every part of the animal from nose to tail.

Chowhound was even mentioned in the article, so I was wondering what your opinions were.

Thanks,

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  1. I have been keen to visit, but haven't had the chance yet. Perhaps when I'm down in Kingston this summer.

    For further reading, they have a pretty good website:

    http://www.lukesgastronomy.com/31612....

    1. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/525543

      1. i'm hesitant of a chef that is vegetarian and so interested in charcuterie. either he has a very wide definition of vegetarian or doesn't taste his own food...

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        1. re: pinstripeprincess

          Where did you see he was vegetarian?

          1. re: Pincus

            i've read it in other articles but this was the only one i could find quickly through google:
            http://www.canada.com/cityguides/otta...

            it does actually say he tastes his meat but it's still very peculiar to me.

            1. re: pinstripeprincess

              Wow, that is weird. I too wouldn't trust a chef who says they are vegetarian and tries to serve me meat dishes. Why not just open a vegetarian restaurant?

        2. I would be put off buying a meal by a cook claiming to be a vegatarian, and offering meat specialties in his kitchen. Is he really "Chef Luke" without prep cooks?

          He was pretentious and self centered on a CBC interview, certainly propped up by family, and I hope he does well, after he experiences kitchens in other cities. And maybe an apprenticeship.

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          1. re: jayt90

            too bad for luke, but his mother believe she has the most gifted child ever. I have a feeling he will not be able to handle working in other kitchens. and mom will be more than happy to keep her gifted boy in the nest.


            Chow!
            HL.

            1. re: HarryLloyd

              As someone who is currently profiling Luke in a documentary, I can all tell you that Luke is definitely not a vegetarian. He briefly considered it a few years ago but again, today he is NOT a vegetarian. However, he is strongly against the animal cruelty that goes on to continuously create cheap, excessive meat for the human population. He applies his belief in respecting animals when procuring meat for his restaurant.

          2. yeah he is over rated...trust me the resturant is a ghost town and only opens for the media...the food is not that good I have been there, if you put the resturant in a big city it wouldn't do well, There is no one there on a average night let alone a weekend. Luke's mom is soooo pretentious sorry to break there bubble "local food sustainabilty" has been around for years...I think if luke was to to work in a real kitchen he would get a real wake up call, buddy thats the real world. chow!

            1. I've been to Luke's several times as I used to travel to Kingston for business (I live in Montreal). I've been with many different people and allof my experiences were amazing. I didn't find his mother pretentious at all - very friendly and very proud and I can't blame her for that pride. The charcuterie is excellent and the innovative twist on some of the dishes were fun. This is a warm little restaurant with a family that rusn it that is passionate about local food... Can't find fault with that! A definite recommend.