Every week, Toronto has a myriad of foodie events happening in the city. Some of them are big sponsored events and many are just people wanting to cook and share great food. In some sense, the meals are like mixtapes, their very own mash-up of what inspires, what they love most and in this case, dedicated to the both polarizing and fascinating city that we live in.
Introducing Tdot Culinary Mixtape Vol. 1
MAY 14, 2014 from 6pm-9pm
782 King St. West, Toronto, Ontario M5V1N6
An event that throws together two cooks and their passion for Food, Music, Poetry and Toronto.
Meet Chef Joe Friday
Born in North Carolina and raised in Okinawa, Japan, he trained in French Cuisine and enrolled at the prestigious Culinary Institute of America. Friday has travelled the globe working under notable chefs such as Chef Martin Yan (from “Yan Can Cook”) and Disney’s Executive Chef, John State before becoming an Executive Chef at Giovani’s in Honolulu.
Friday came to Canada to train under renowned Canadian Chef Jason Bangerter. In 2011, he joined the team at Bar Mozza (part of the Alimento Fine Food Emporium) downtown Toronto, as Executive Chef.
Meet Robin Dutt
You already know about our friend Robin Squiggy Dutt. Lighting Designer turned cook, he took a break from the theatre scene to take George Brown’s one year chef certificate program and never looked back. He started a dinner series called “Squiggfeast” with themes challenging himself with themes like ExtraVEGANza and Hunt for Red Meat October. Until recently, Robin could be found cooking in the Drake Hotel kitchen but always willing to push the envelope he’s now headed to the Arctic to learn and get inspired by local cuisine. And to get up and close to a narwhal.
I recently had a chance interview the masterminds behind this event:
How Did the MixTape and your collaboration come about?
Friday: I’ve wanted to work with Robin for a while now I love his passion for food and the arts that’s a great mix.
Squiggy: We finally sat down and a couple ciders later, we had hatched something that is going to be off the hook.
Friday: Toronto has so many cultures like a mix tape has different styles and we both love hip hop.
Squiggy: We both enjoy old school rap and wanted to put that spin into our cooking and still have a lot of freedom to play around.
I love the idea of musically inspired cuisine. Do you cook with music ? What are you favourite jams to cook to?
Squiggy: If it’s not Netflix, I’m into anything with a beat. Right now, Eminem and Rhianna’s Monster does it for me
Friday: Well now I’m really into the T.G.I.F mix tape
If you could cook for any of your favourite musician who would it be and what would you make them?
Friday: Nas and I’d cook something really thoughtful
Squiggy: Avril and based on her current music trends, something asian fusion.
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