We’ve partnered up with Taste Canada Awards — an organization that provides the country’s greatest culinary writers with the opportunity to share their unique Canadian food stories — to bring you to-die-for recipes from the cookbooks f our favourite chefs and food writers.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

MATT BASILE

Chef

Matt Basile is the president and creator of the Toronto-based street food brand, Fidel Gastro Street Food Co. Fidel Gastro’s, Canada’s No. 1 food truck, and its Queen West restaurant, Lisa Marie, have been rocking the street food and brunch worlds for three years and have been featured on the Food Network’s “You Gotta Eat Here” and other well-known Canadian TV shows. Matt’s first cookbook, Street Food Diaries, was published in October 2015 by Penguin Publishing.

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MAIRLYN SMITH

Professional home economist

Mairlyn Smith is a professional home economist. She is a frequent healthy eating and cooking guest expert on Cityline and regularly appears on CityTV’s “Breakfast Television.” Mairlyn’s philosophy is that “it has to taste fabulous first” and strives to make food that is both good for you and your taste buds.

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DEREK DAMMANN

Chef

Derek Dammann was born in Campbell River, B.C. He studied cooking in Nanaimo and later made his way to the UK to work with world-renowned chef, Jamie Oliver. There, he helped develop the concept behind Fifteen, Oliver’s British cocktail bar and restaurant, and became the corporate chef of Sweet Candy, Oliver’s private production company. Derek eventually settled in Montreal and opened DNA, one of the most exciting nose-to-tail dining establishments in North America.

CHRIS JOHNS

Food writer

Chris Johns is one of Canada’s most respected food writers. He spent his early years in the Northwest Territories before moving south and eventually finding his way to Toronto. He has written extensively for en Route, The Globe and Mail, Wallpaper, Toronto Life and various international publications. His work has been translated into three languages and has appeared in the Best Food Writing compilation.

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