Food

he richness of life comes from taking chances, and although not every unique, local restaurant you choose will be a winner, I guarantee the good experiences will outweigh the bad. It is simply naive to decide on Swiss Chalet because you want to avoid risk.

To help us improve on a classic, we enlisted Jamie Stunt, head chef at Oz Kafe (361 Elgin St.) and recent silver medallist at the Canadian Culinary Championships. We challenged him to create a more delicious version of the bright orange mac and cheese by adding only five additional ingredients to the mix. In his own words, his leftover KD casserole is “actually pretty fucking good!”

He’s been in the food industry for decades: he owned his own restaurant, Willie’s Café, in London, Ont., for nine years, and has worked at some of the top restaurants in Europe and North America, including The French Laundry in Napa Valley, The Fat Duck in England, and Casa Bella in Kingston. I sat down with Van Dyk, who’s currently going on his third year as a culinary arts instructor, to talk about what it means to be a restaurant reviewer.

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