We Remember. #discovercharlottetown
Cheers to spending time with old friends and making new ones! China seems to be the only place I get to hang out with my homie from high school, @waterfallcapital! Sharing whoppers and a can of Bud; keeping it classy since August and Everything After! @sownkb, it was so much fun getting to explore the grocery stores of Haikou, share oyster shucking duties, and late night chats about small scale #PEI farming! Until next time!
A slice of the real life when traveling abroad can always be uncovered while riding public transportation! This was the metro line in Shanghai on the way back from the China International Import Expo! Such a divergent experience from my day to day life in Charlottetown!
The view of The Bund from our “Friends of Atlantic Canada” showcase venue, @houseofroosevelt! Big Finale of my portion of this goodwill/export development mission happens tomorrow! More Virginica Oysters on the menu including the award winning @raspberrypointoysters!
Probably one of the most recognizable traditional Chinese dishes would have to be Hot Pot! A dish founded in Chongqing and popularized in Sichuan, Huŏguō is fiery, flavourful and fun to eat with friends! This was our sendoff meal in Hainan. We now make our way to Shanghai to prepare for the Chinese International Import Expo!
Today I spent the day in the kitchen sharing my food story and learning these two gents food stories as we began prepping food for the showcase event! Cooking PEI lobster in China was never something I imagined I’d ever do and it’s an experience I feel so grateful to have. I got to teach the squad about PEI’s lobster fishing industry & how to shell a beast. In turn, they taught me how to make Hainan Chicken. Tomorrow we make lobster rolls & Hainan Chicken!!! We are celebrating our sister islands through food and dialogue. I’m so beyond excited!
When the Hainan Chicken gets grabby! A quintessential dish found at a foundational restaurant on our (PEI) sister island, Hainan.
Things are bustling late night in Hainan! I’m excited to see palm trees and feel tropical breezes caressing my face. It’ll be even better when the sun rises and I can actually soak in the scene. I’m excited for this goodwill and Atlantic Canadian Export development mission! Did someone say #lobster?!
Well, that’s a wrap! I can’t believe the 1st rotation of the school year is done today! It was an amazing process of progress, learning, sharing and exploring. One of the benefits of the early morning shift is getting to watch the sunrise every day! Here’s the @culinaryinstituteofcanada Group A fam photo!
There’s something special about a thoughtfully constructed lobster roll. It can’t have too much other stuff, and just the perfect amount lobster! When a incredible crew from @papajoespei & @gallants_pei_food team up to make lunch for a group of voracious food lovers, it looks like this awesomeness! I especially loved the potato salad! I really do like the boiled egg in the potato salad every now and then. I wish I had one of these right now!
Sharing Prince Edward Island’s food story has become such an important facet in my life as a chef consultant. Working w/ a crew on the ground in NYC as well as asking my friend and colleague, Christine along for the adventure we curated a whimsical offering of PEI dishes. Pictured here are the micro lobster rolls we served to writers housed in The Condé Nast building in Times Square! It was a dream come true to get to cook out of the Bon Appetit Test Kitchen! It was a quick trip filled with lots of little illuminating moments of self-discovery and lots of laughs with a friend.
I never take for granted how blessed we are to be in an industry and place on this earth that is so bountiful. I’m grateful for everything I get to eat and experience. Over the last 2 days, our culinary industry got together with the purpose to talk, share, eat, learn, and empower. Some of the topics were polarizing but necessary to have. We can’t move past if we can’t move through it together. From this 2 day journey, I have come away with the galvanizing resolve of wanting to continue on the path for all Canadians, in fact all my fellow humans to have the access and opportunity to celebrate food the way we get to on our incredible food island. @dennistheprescott thanks for reminding me that my tribe is everywhere and that their passion is flowing outward! @mallardcottagechef thank you for passionate words of care and urgency for our brothers and sisters in Northern Canada. Thank you to everyone who shared in this experience, you might not know it or have intended it, but you shared your lessons & blessings with me. Lots to digest, and I look forward to it unfolding.