Top Chef Canada’s Connie DeSousa Recreates Artichoke Challenge at The Ex

Today we bring you our interview with Connie DeSousa who threw it down yesterday at the CNE’s Food Network Celebrity Stage. Connie is pleased to report that business is booming at her restaurant Charcut Roast House following her Top Chef Canada appearance. In fact, she and her business partners recently launched Alley Burger Food Truck (you can learn more about it in our blog post from earlier this summer).
For her presentation she recreated the first challenge from Top Chef Canada: artichoke peeling. So glad I wasn’t called up on stage for that one (would have taken me forever!). As for the midway, she’s a yes to fair foods (and would try that doughnut burger), but a no to roller coasters! Watch more in Terry’s video interview below:

Top Chef Canada’s Connie DeSousa Recreates Artichoke Challenge at The Ex(2)

Today we bring you our interview with Connie DeSousa who threw it down yesterday at
the CNE’s Food Network Celebrity Stage. Connie is
pleased to report that business is booming at her restaurant
Charcut Roast House following her
Top Chef Canada
appearance. In fact, she and her
business partners recently launched Alley Burger Food
Truck
(you can learn more about it in
our blog post
from earlier this summer).

For her presentation she recreated the first challenge from Top
Chef Canada: artichoke peeling. So glad I wasn’t called up on stage
for that one (would have taken me forever!). As for the midway,
she’s a yes to fair foods (and would try that doughnut burger), but
a no to roller coasters! Watch more in
Terry
‘s video interview below:

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Roger Mooking’s Food Adventures: Seeking Heat in Toronto’s Kensington Market(2)

To help us get inspired to try new cuisines from around the
world, Roger Mooking, host of Everyday Exotic, shares his delicious
adventures and notes from across the globe. We’ll be rolling them
out every Wednesday, so be sure to check back to find out where
Roger’s food adventures takes him to next.

Sometimes a food adventure can happen in your own backyard,
especially when you live in an amazing culturally diverse city like
Toronto. Good ‘ol Kensington
Market
in downtown Toronto is a loose collection of four
to five city blocks packed with food stores, arts and clothes. The
vibe is very bohemian and eclectic and you will always run into
some of the city’s most prominent chefs kicking about. The market
has shops dedicated to nuts, spices, breads, fish, Cuban coffee,
West Indian, Mexican and all kinds of ingredients and
cuisines.

On this day, I escorted Rachel from Bestfan.com around the
market for her very first visit of this foodie mecca. We were
seeking heat and we found it. I took Rachel on a flavour journey
from mild heat to the hottest thing she’s ever eaten in her life.
I’m not gonna lie, it was heat seeker entry level stuff, but
everyone has their own tolerance.

To pay homage to one of my favourite trips where I hit Mexico
with a few other Food Network Canada Chefs for a special we shot, I
introduced her to Cochinita Pibil. It’s basically
a braised pork dish with spices that was originally a Mayan staple,
cooked underground. Well there were no Mayans and definitely no pit
in the ground, but it was as tender and flavourful as I had
remembered from my Mexican adventure. Of course we topped it with
all kinds of condiments and it was delish! Rachel and I also tried
a chopped steak taco loaded up as well, which also brought the
heat. The verdict–well I wouldn’t give her a Heat Seeker passport,
but maybe she got a stamp.

Tune in to Roger’s new show, Heat Seekers (premiering on September 1, 2011), and
join him and Aaron Sanchez as they travel the world seeking
heat. Be sure to check out more from Roger Mooking here.

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Roger Mooking’s Food Adventures: Seeking Heat in Toronto’s Kensington Market

To help us get inspired to try new cuisines from around the world, Roger Mooking, host of Everyday Exotic, shares his delicious adventures and notes from across the globe. We’ll be rolling them out every Wednesday, so be sure to check back to find out where Roger’s food adventures takes him to next.

Sometimes a food adventure can happen in your own backyard, especially when you live in an amazing culturally diverse city like Toronto. Good ‘ol Kensington Market in downtown Toronto is a loose collection of four to five city blocks packed with food stores, arts and clothes. The vibe is very bohemian and eclectic and you will always run into some of the city’s most prominent chefs kicking about. The market has shops dedicated to nuts, spices, breads, fish, Cuban coffee, West Indian, Mexican and all kinds of ingredients and cuisines.

 

Roger Mooking's Food Adventures: Seeking Heat in Toronto's Kensington Market

 

On this day, I escorted Rachel from Bestfan.com around the market for her very first visit of this foodie mecca. We were seeking heat and we found it. I took Rachel on a flavour journey from mild heat to the hottest thing she’s ever eaten in her life. I’m not gonna lie, it was heat seeker entry level stuff, but everyone has their own tolerance.

To pay homage to one of my favourite trips where I hit Mexico with a few other Food Network Canada Chefs for a special we shot, I introduced her to Cochinita Pibil. It’s basically a braised pork dish with spices that was originally a Mayan staple, cooked underground. Well there were no Mayans and definitely no pit in the ground, but it was as tender and flavourful as I had remembered from my Mexican adventure. Of course we topped it with all kinds of condiments and it was delish! Rachel and I also tried a chopped steak taco loaded up as well, which also brought the heat. The verdict–-well I wouldn’t give her a Heat Seeker passport, but maybe she got a stamp.

Tune in to Roger’s new show, Heat Seekers (premiering on September 1, 2011), and join him and Aaron Sanchez as they travel the world seeking heat. Be sure to check out more from Roger Mooking here.

 

Roger Mooking's Food Adventures

 

Roger Mooking's Food Adventures: Seeking Heat Around the World

To help us get inspired to try new cuisines from around the world, Roger Mooking, host of Everyday Exotic, shares his delicious adventures and notes from across the globe. We’ll be rolling them out every Wednesday, so be sure to check back to find out where Roger’s food adventures takes him to next.

I grew up eating hot food my whole life. In the Caribbean, a table is not considered fully set until the pepper sauce is on the table. Most families make their own version and a good amount of those who know how-to actually keep up the tradition. Because it’s so prevalent, lots of places on the islands sell pepper sauce, from grocery stores to corner stores and even on the side of the street (or on the street in traffic). 
 

Pepper sauce is a way of life and people pride themselves on their ability to handle the heat. However, this appetite-for-heat phenomenon is not isolated to the Caribbean, as I’ve witnessed this in South East Asia, Mexico and many other parts of the world. People love hot foods and it’s all about the burn, the endorphin rush, the change in body temperature and the sensation. Eating hot is a way of life that affects our bodies in a very immediate and direct way. It’s food that produces emotions and pushes our limits, that’s a good thing, but like my grandmother would say–-all things in moderation.
Tune in to Roger’s new show, Heat Seekers (premiering on September 1, 2011), and join him and Aaron Sanchez as they travel the world seeking heat. Be sure to check out more from Roger Mooking here.
 

 

Roger Mooking’s Food Adventures: Seeking Heat Around the World(2)

To help us get inspired to try new cuisines from around the
world, Roger Mooking, host of Everyday Exotic, shares his delicious
adventures and notes from across the globe. We’ll be rolling them
out every Wednesday, so be sure to check back to find out where
Roger’s food adventures takes him to next.

I grew up eating hot food my whole life. In the Caribbean, a
table is not considered fully set until the pepper
sauce
is on the table. Most families make their own
version and a good amount of those who know how-to actually keep up
the tradition. Because it’s so prevalent, lots of places on the
islands sell pepper sauce, from grocery stores to corner stores and
even on the side of the street (or on the street in traffic).

Pepper sauce is a way of life and people pride themselves on their
ability to handle the heat. However, this appetite-for-heat
phenomenon is not isolated to the Caribbean, as I’ve witnessed this
in South East Asia, Mexico and many other parts of the world.
People love hot foods and it’s all about the burn,
the endorphin rush, the change in body temperature and the
sensation. Eating hot is a way of life that affects our bodies in a
very immediate and direct way. It’s food that produces emotions and
pushes our limits, that’s a good thing, but like my grandmother
would say–all things in moderation.

Tune in to Roger’s new show, Heat Seekers (premiering on September 1, 2011), and
join him and Aaron Sanchez as they travel the world seeking
heat. Be sure to check out more from Roger Mooking here.

Roger Mooking's Food Adventures

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Roger Mooking’s Food Adventures: White House Sandwiches in Atlantic City

To help us get inspired to try new cuisines from around the
world, Roger Mooking, host of Everyday Exotic, shares his delicious
adventures and notes from across the globe. We’ll be rolling them
out every Wednesday, so be sure to check back to find out where
Roger’s food adventures takes him to next.

Atlantic City is the Vegas of the North Eastern
United States. It’s home to big hotels, casinos, parties and good
old fashioned debauchery. So it goes without saying that one of the
most legendary food spots in this city has to live up to the “go
big or go home” mentality.

The restaurant is called White House and on the
walls are pics of many celebrity guests, from Julius Erving,

Guy Fieri
and The Roots, to Tiny Tim and so many more.
The walls are literally covered with photos of famous folks who
make this spot a must stop when visiting this city. One of the
people I’m here with used to drive from New York City just to pick
up some White House take-out (that’s a 3 hour drive!). The lineup
usually goes down the block and can take up to an hour and a half.
All that hype for a submarine sandwich is a bit shocking, but it
was pretty good and it put me straight to sleep.

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Roger Mooking’s Food Adventures: Fried Oysters in New Orleans

To help us get inspired to try new cuisines from around the
world, Roger Mooking, host of Everyday Exotic, shares his delicious
adventures and notes from across the globe. We’ll be rolling them
out every Wednesday, so be sure to check back to find out where
Roger’s food adventures takes him to next.

I love New Orleans so much! The food, the
people and the cultures are like no where else on the planet that
I’ve ever visited before. My most recent trip there was like a food
and music mashup that I could have previously only dreamed of. If
you ever have the chance to go during the Essence Music
Festival
please do, it’s all love.

I was inspired by this city for my cooking
demonstration
and I did a dish inspired by the flavors of
the city with my special twist of course. Fried
oysters
with some hot sauce and spices courtesy of the
legendary Patti LaBelle, she’s a freak for food too. My dish
was a cucumber slaw in the flavors of mint julep, complete with
bourbon and alligator sausage. The dish was a huge hit and a great
way to start off a great weekend!

Be sure to check out more from Roger Mooking here.

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Roger Mooking’s Food Adventures: Fried Oysters in New Orleans

To help us get inspired to try new cuisines from around the
world, Roger Mooking, host of Everyday Exotic, shares his delicious
adventures and notes from across the globe. We’ll be rolling them
out every Wednesday, so be sure to check back to find out where
Roger’s food adventures takes him to next.

I love New Orleans so much! The food, the
people and the cultures are like no where else on the planet that
I’ve ever visited before. My most recent trip there was like a food
and music mashup that I could have previously only dreamed of. If
you ever have the chance to go during the Essence Music
Festival
please do, it’s all love.

I was inspired by this city for my cooking
demonstration
and I did a dish inspired by the flavors of
the city with my special twist of course. Fried
oysters
with some hot sauce and spices courtesy of the
legendary Patti LaBelle, she’s a freak for food too. My dish
was a cucumber slaw in the flavors of mint julep, complete with
bourbon and alligator sausage. The dish was a huge hit and a great
way to start off a great weekend!

Be sure to check out more from Roger Mooking here.

Roger Mooking's Food Adventures

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Roger Mooking’s Food Adventures: Red Snapper in Trinidad

To help us get inspired to try new cuisines from around the
world, Roger Mooking, host of Everyday Exotic, shares his delicious
adventures and notes from across the globe. We’ll be rolling them
out every Wednesday, so be sure to check back to find out where
Roger’s food adventures takes him to next.

This redsnapper was the size
of my whole arm, from shoulder to fingertips and the meat was sweet
and juicy!

The fish you see above has been deboned and gutted from the back.
The belly is still intact, but it’s ready for stuffing. In
Trinidad, most fish dishes are
marinated overnight in a green chutney-like marinade with
pimento (a special Trinidadian pepper), green
onions, garlic and onion. After it’s marinated, the fish can be
stuffed and fried, roasted, or grilled. This fish actually ended up
being cut up for the collar and the filet.

I prepared this snapper by grilling the collar and making a sweet
soy-garlic glaze. The filet ended up tossed in flour and fried. We
even took the fins and dredged them in cornstarch and fried them to
create a crispy treat similar to potato chips-minus the potato.
Some experiments can go very right, everyone loved it.
Yummy!

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