This time last year I had the pleasure of judging the Canadian regional for the S. Pellegrino Almost Famous Chef competition. They’ve generously given me another opportunity (like last year) to give away a gift certificate to a Toronto restaurant. You can find details on that at the bottom of the post.
As well, they connected me with Cole Nicholson, one of the George Brown culinary students who is competing this year. It was obvious from our discussion that Cole is taking his entry seriously and putting in the time at six a.m. practice. Between that and the support he gets from his coaches and other instructors at George Brown I wouldn’t be surprised if he matches Jean-Francois Daigle’s success from last year and repeats for GB.
Much of Cole’s culinary inspiration comes from the time he spent last summer cooking in a small Italian town. Though he did pick up an aversion for guanciale from a bad batch of pasta carbonnara. (I, on the other hand, have whatever’s the opposite to an aversion for guanciale and am distressed at how easy it is to avoid in Toronto.)
Cole works in the kitchen at Toronto stalwart, Scaramouche, and has nothing but good things to say about cooking under Chef Froggett. Perhaps sensing my intense love of offal he also mentioned that his most-recent, delicious restaurant experience was at The Black Hoof.
Near the end of my chat with Cole I asked him what cookbooks he’s getting inspiration from these days. He gave the very good (very chef-ly) answer of Chef Daniel Humm’s Eleven Madison Park. I’d like to know what is your most recent cookbook find.
Tell me in a comment below and as an added incentive one winner will be chosen to receive a $150 gift certificate towards a dinner for two at Susur Lee’s King West restaurant, Lee, courtesy of S. Pellegrino. The winner will be randomly selected from all eligible comments posted between now and 5 PM EST on Monday, January 30, 2012. So that I can get in touch with you to work out prize delivery you need to include a functional email address but these will not be published or used for any other purposes.
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