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Best Chefs in Canada

hal2010 Oct 8, 2012 07:46 PM

In her North Toronto Post review of "Bent", Joanne Kates calls Susur Lee "one of the three best chefs in Canada". Who are the other two?

  1. Charles Yu Oct 8, 2012 08:59 PM

    First off! This thread for sure will open up a whole can of worms!!! Long term chowhounders will know why!!
    Best chef??!! How current and active?! Based on Food taste or sheer reputation?
    IMO, Susur Lee is over-rated and does not even make my top 5 list based on taste of food alone!! Fancy fusion plating does not always equate to tasty food!!
    My top 5 would be Rob Feenie of Cactus Club, Sinclair Philip of Sooke Harbour, Michael Stadtlander of Eigensinn Farm, Marc Lepin of Atelier and our own David Lee.

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    1. re: Charles Yu
      downtownfoodie Oct 8, 2012 09:54 PM

      i think you have to say Rob Feenie of the late Lumiere if you want any support on that one :)

    2. Poorboy Oct 9, 2012 01:04 AM

      Not a fan of the latest concept, however Lynn Crawford still rocks my boat. Given that boundaries are being pushed, I keep an open mind, and wallet :)

      1. w
        wattacetti Oct 9, 2012 08:47 AM

        So far the discussion is fairly Toronto/Ontario-centric, though the mention of Feenie (*not* as part of the Cactus Club) and Philip bring in at least a passing mention of BC.

        Those of us not on the Left Coast or in the Centre of the Universe might propose say, Martin Picard, who has effectively changed the definition of dining, Normand Laprise and the Dave MacMillan/Fred Morin combo (for doing the Irish Anglo equivalent of APDC's excess).

        No mention of anyone working in Calgary, and Vancouver's more than Feenie. Vij? Tojo?

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        1. re: wattacetti
          lifeasbinge Oct 10, 2012 06:41 PM

          very much agree about the Montreal chefs

        2. j
          josey124 Oct 9, 2012 02:07 PM

          I didn't see the list yet.
          Though Michael Noble (Notable - Calgary) is definitely on my list!

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