More Than Maple Syrup: Episode 14

enRoute Magazine's Canada's Best New Restaurants nominees and Canadian chefs coming together to make change are two main topics on our latest podcast episode

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Before we celebrate the dog days of summer over the September long weekend, co-hosts Emma Waverman and Phil Wilson talk about the Ontario government’s “buck a beer” campaign while rolling their eyes and also debate the Air Canada enRoute Canada’s Best New Restaurants 2018 list of nominees.

What makes a “best new” restaurant?

Why do some of these restaurant seem so much older than others on the list, like those that only opened a month or so ago?

Should there be separate lists for different categories: one for full-service or refined restaurants, and another for more casual or counter-service?

Do restaurant lists frustrate most people? Well, we know the answer to this one, at least!

From there, Waverman shares her experience from her visit to The New Farm, where she spent time on a Community Food Centres Canada retreat with a variety of chefs from across the country, including Winnipeg chef and local food advocate, Ben Kramer; Renee Lavallee of The Canteen in Dartmouth; Top Chef Canada: All Stars winner Nicole Gomes; and Canadian-born, but American-based celebrity chef, Hugh Acheson.

Here, Waverman saw different conversations unfold about food systems that affect people of all walks of life and socioeconomic statuses and the ways members of the culinary industry can work together to improve them.

She also gets a candid interview with Acheson about his initiative Seed Life Skills, which aims to revitalize home economics in the United States and how production on Iron Chef Canada has been going so far. 

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