ICYMI: Top Chef Canada alum sues Hawksworth Group, lickable TV screen invented and more

Here's a range of interesting food news stories to get caught up on

We're going coast-to-coast and abroad with our final food news roundup of 2021.

From Nova Scotia restaurants and bars taking matters into their own hands and closing for dine-in service in response to rising COVID-19 cases in the Maritimes to a one celebrity chef suing another in Vancouver, get caught up on some of biggest culinary news stories of the past week.

Japanese scientist invents lickable television screen

Image of TV (with a non-lickable screen) via unsplash.

If you ask us, we thought smell-o-vision would have preceded lick-o-vision, but we guess we were wrong!

A Japanese scientist by the name of Homei Miyashita (a professor at Tokyo's Meiji University) has created a prototype for a television screen that can simulate an array of food flavours when the viewer (or taster?) gives it a lick. The device Dr. Miyashita has developed sprays a variety of flavours on top of a film that overs the television screen.

Definitely interesting!

Read all about the lickable television screen in this Global News piece.

Chef Phil Scarfone sues Hawksworth hospitality group over unpaid bonus

Top Chef Canada Season 6 finalist Phil Scarfone of Vancouver has launched a lawsuit against his former employer Hawksworth Group over an allegedly unpaid bonuses. The claims state that there were multiple aspects to the chef's bonus structure and following Scarfone putting in his (six week) notice, a significant amount of his expected total annual bonus was revoked by the employer.

Though the restaurant group hasn't commented publicly yet, you can find more information in this CBC Vancouver article.

Great Western Brewing announces plans for expansion in Saskatoon

After operating for decades and decades in one of downtown Saskatoon's most recognizable heritage buildings, Great Western Brewing has announced its plans to rezone itself and expand on its current location on 2nd Avenue. The proposed expansion/redevelopment will include 7,200 square feet of space available for commercial lease by other local businesses, new brewing equipment and more.

Read more in this CTV Saskatoon article.

Free KN95 masks made available at Manitoba casinos and select liquor stores

Liquor stores in the Winnipeg area as well as Manitoba casinos recently started an initiative to offer KN95 masks to patrons. The Manitoba government is expected to announce details for a further rollout of complimentary masks across the province very soon.

Read more on CBC Manitoba.