One day in St. John's, NL.: Top Chef Canada competitor Ross Larkin

The chef de cuisine of one of Canada's most celebrated restaurants shares his favourite places in the city.

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Like many people who have chosen a corporate profession, Ross Larkin found himself yearning for a career in a more dynamic industry. Growing up, peeling potatoes for his family's fish and chips shop, Larkin was always in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the food industry. Now, chef de cuisine of Raymonds Restaurant in St. John's NL, Larkin immerses himself in everything the Martimes have to offer. He uses only local and seasonal ingredients, even local sea salt.

So who better to talk to than Larkin about where to eat in St. John's? Here are some of his favourite places for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and drinks.





Brown butter cardamom buns with candies orange

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The Grounds Cafe at Murray's is somewhere I thoroughly enjoy. It's located at one of the farms that I deal with for the restaurant. Fixed Coffee and Baking is our go-to coffee shop in the mornings before work. They make a mean bagel sandwich.


Chinched Bistro does a good lunch with their in-house deli sandwiches. The pig ear fries are a must-try as well. Mallard Cottage is a great spot to go in, grab a seat at the bar and enjoy a great lunch.




I could eat @theadelaideoysterhouse everyday

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I don't usually get the time off from the restaurant to go out for dinner. When the opportunity arises, The Adelaide Oyster House is a good spot to have oysters and share some small plates.



Seto Kitchen and Bar has some great cocktails and a pretty extensive beer list. They offer some good late-night food as well.

Catch Larkin competing on the new season of Top Chef Canada against 10 other talented chefs including Calgary's Jinhee Lee and Saskatoon's Jesse Zuber. Season six premieres on Food Network Canada on Sunday, April 8 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.