Local Chef
IN THE KITCHEN: Taj Bistro - Ketan Patel
“Three different cuisines under one roof,” is how Ketan Patel, the owner of Taj Bistro, describes his downtown Barrie 40-seat restaurant. “We specialize in Indian, continental and oriental food — and it's all delicious,” says Patel who recently sat down with this GoodLife reporter to talk about his year-old eclectic bistro. More
IN THE KITCHEN: Made in Mexico - Janet and Fernando Bravo
A mainstay in Newmarket since 2011, Made in Mexico has arrived in downtown Barrie. Serving up tasty Mexican fare, lively music and a colourful décor, Made in Mexico is all about having fun, explains Janet Bravo, who owns and operates both locations with her husband Fernando, who grew up in Zihuatanejo, Mexico. More
In the Kitchen: Chiaro Ristorante
Chiaro Ristorante's meticulous details give it undeniable charm and character. More
In the Kitchen: Nutmeg Bakeshop
In the Kitchen: Nutmeg Bakeshop
A sweet and inviting aroma of buttery, sugary goodness greets you as soon as you open the door to Nutmeg Bakeshop. Mmmmmmmmm. The friendly, simple space at the south end of Newmarket's historic Main Street is reminiscent of a bakery from the past: Fresh white walls, a large chalkboard detailing today's specials, a single glass case filled with goodies, exposed brick and wood beams. No frills, no fuss. Read More..
In the Kitchen: Rawlicious
In the Kitchen: Rawlicious
Markham's Rawlicious serves up happy, healthy food Read More..
In the Kitchen: Sorrento Ristorante
In the Kitchen: Sorrento Ristorante
At Sorrento Ristorante, owner and chef Nino Cioffi takes inspiration from the cuisine specific to the small-town from which the restaurant takes its name. Read More..
In the kitchen with Jessi Rae & Bekki Martin - J'adore fine cheese and chocolates
In the kitchen with Jessi Rae & Bekki Martin - J'adore fine cheese and chocolates
You just can't go wrong with cheese and chocolate. “It's really hard to find someone that doesn't enjoy cheese or chocolate,” chuckles Jessi Rae Fournier of J'adore Fine Cheese and Chocolate. “People love one or the other — but usually both.” Read More..
IN THE KITCHEN WITH: Lindsay Weiss and Alexander (Cicco) Scalercio
IN THE KITCHEN WITH: Lindsay Weiss and Alexander (Cicco) Scalercio
It's 10 a.m. on a Tuesday morning, and Cicco's Ristorante is a beehive of activity. In the kitchen, the dough machine is whirling, fresh bread is baking, homemade Italian sauces are simmering — and partners Lindsay Weiss, age 25, and Alexander “Cicco” Scalercio, age 31, are going over the daily liquor and grocery list. Read More..
In the Kitchen with Jay Klausen - Bistro Burger Joint
In the Kitchen with Jay Klausen - Bistro Burger Joint
It's 11:30 a.m. on a Friday morning, and the Burger Bistro is packed. “We have quite the loyal following,” boasts chef Jay Klausen who owns and operates the popular burger and poutine joint with his brother Ryan, and potato farmer Trevor Downey. “We cost a bit more than your average fast food joint, but as you can see from the lineup folks appreciate that our food isn't mass produced or processed.” Read More..
In the Kitchen with: Michelle Huggins and Matthew Jones - Lazy Tlip Café
In the Kitchen with: Michelle Huggins and Matthew Jones - Lazy Tlip Café
The delicious aroma of freshly baked focaccia bread fills downtown Barrie's Lazy Tulip Café. “We bake our own bread daily,” says Michelle Huggins, 47, who owns and operates the artsy, shoebox-sized Café with Matthew Jones, 48. “Our whole wheat focaccia is nothing short of fabulous.” Read More..
In the Kitchen with: Philip Tarlo - The Collingwood  Cooking Academy
In the Kitchen with: Philip Tarlo - The Collingwood Cooking Academy
A long and winding country driveway leads to the Collingwood Cooking Academy. And there's lots to take in once you arrive. From the ducks swimming peacefully in the large pond to the free range chickens milling about the 15-acre property. “It's a lovely setting to learn how to cook,” observes chef Philip Tarlo, who runs the Collingwood-area cooking school and on-site bed and breakfast with his wife Leanne Calvert. “We're surrounded by apple orchards and the beauty of Grey-Bruce County.” Read More..
In the kitchen with Archie Meridis - Lot 102
In the kitchen with Archie Meridis - Lot 102
Lot 102 offers an eclectic menu, friendly service and a hip urban rustic decor. “This is phase two of our business at this site,” explains Archie Meridis, age 46, who owns and operates the Midland restaurant with his 44-year-old brother Bill. “Before Lot 102, we ran Bleacher's Bar and Eatery out of this building. Two years ago, we decided to transform it into something more modern and upscale.” And so, Lot 102 was born. Read More..
In the kitchen with Andrea Higgins - Sigrid's Cafe and Fine Bakery
In the kitchen with Andrea Higgins - Sigrid's Cafe and Fine Bakery
Every morning at 4 a.m., Andrea Higgins wakes up with a spring in her step. “I look forward to going into work every day,” admits the cheerful owner of Sigrid's Bakery in downtown Barrie. “I grew up in bakeries. Ever since I was a little girl, I wanted to run my own bakery.” Read More..
In the Kitchen with: Brandon Clark - Attention Burger Lovers!
In the Kitchen with: Brandon Clark - Attention Burger Lovers!
Kenzington Burger Bar (KBB) in downtown Barrie is worth checking out. “For the past three years, we've been cranking out amazing gourmet burgers,” says owner Brandon Clark. The local restaurant features over 22 mouthwatering and creative burger combinations. Read More..
In The Kitchen with: Clyde Almeida
In The Kitchen with: Clyde Almeida
Clyde Almeida is proud to bring the tastes of India to Alliston. “It's exciting to own Alliston's first Indian restaurant,” the 42-year-old chef/owner of Indian Flames says with a smile. Since opening his 32-seat restaurant last November, the culinary proprietor has received a warm welcome. Recently, this GoodLife reporter caught up with the busy chef at his popular eatery. With sitar music playing in the background, we covered everything from his journey from Pakistan to Canada (arriving with only $75 in his pocket) to his passion for good Indian food and his commitment to local charities. Read More..
In the Kitchen with: Randy Feltis
In the Kitchen with: Randy Feltis
For more than a decade, chef Randy Feltis has been a mainstay on Barrie's restaurant scene. Starting with Oscar's, a bistro he opened in 1999 at the age of 24, the local entrepreneur has become the owner/operator of two PIE restaurants (which he co-owns with Craig Russell) and the Farmhouse (which he co-owns with his wife Sarah). “It's a balancing act, but I love the challenge,” admits the 39-year-old proprietor with a smile. Read More..
In the Kitchen with: Andre Sanche
In the Kitchen with: Andre Sanche
Located in the heart of downtown Midland, Ciboulette et Cie is one delicious find. From gourmet groceries, tempting bakery goods and dairy products — to fresh salads, sandwiches and prepared meals — this local foodie haunt is worth checking out. “It's a food gallery,” says 33-year-old chef/owner André Sanche. “We showcase quality products from local producers and farmers, and we transform them into scrumptious dishes that you can enjoy here, or at home.” Read More..
In the kitchen with Alba Lisa - All Natural Mexican Food
In the kitchen with Alba Lisa - All Natural Mexican Food
When Alba Lisa opened an all-natural Mexican food company in Alliston in July 2013, her plan was to serve the wholesale market and offer a few retail items. That all changed, however, when folks started wandering into the downtown tortilla and tortilla chip factory asking for menus. “I would tell them that I didn't serve food, but if they could wait a minute, I would make them up a delicious quesadilla and sell it to them,” explains the cheery entrepreneur who co-owns the business with her husband Ted Quinn. “We listened to our customers, and that's how the take-out business started.” Read More..
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