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Instagram boasts the beauty of food, magazines shed light on food culture and cuisine, and the Food Network covers the technical side of composing a dish… But what about the history behind our food?? Nowadays, we’re becoming hyper-focussed on knowing where our food comes from. We want to know where our ingredients were harvested, how they were transported, what chemicals were used to treat them, and how the process affected the employees and environment around us. We beg to know the story behind each ingredient — but we fail to recognize the historical significance of a fully composed dish. The reality? There’s a lot to be learned from the history behind our meals. …


Original article published on Behind the Plate with Kenzie Osborne

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Photo by Doug Levy Photography

“Cooks cook to nurture people”. Thomas Keller said it best, and Chef Keith Sarasin is putting it into action… A chef’s purpose is quite simple — to nurture their community, show their love, and create something that will build an everlasting memory. Food is a form of connection — it’s a medium by which someone can express their love without having to speak, gesture, or physically be there. When we need comfort, we turn to the foods our parents used to make for us. If we’re celebrating an occasion, we reach for the biggest, best, most indulgent treat we can find. And, if we’re mourning over a loss, we fill our bellies with something that is sure to bring a smile back to our face. …


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Original story published on kenzieosborne.com HERE

No matter how fancy the plate on your table is — if it’s made by someone you love, it will taste like the meal of a lifetime… The pandemic has caused so many of us to get back into the kitchen — but not to prepare Michelin-starred meals or gold-leaf desserts… Instead, we’ve been obsessing over our favourite comfort foods — from banana bread to sourdough to roasted chicken to pancakes. Why? …


Original article published on Behind the Plate with Kenzie Osborne

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Picture by Matt Adam

Which came first — food, or culture? Every bite of food tells a unique story about a particular culture. Yet, every culture expresses itself and its beliefs through food. Food is a medium to express who you are, and provide an opportunity for someone to step into your world for just a second. Chef Susur Lee is one of my greatest role models in the food industry — particularly within the realm of fusion cuisine. …


This article was originally published on Behind the Plate with Kenzie Osborne.

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Remember when you were a child, and every new thing you discovered was a “WOW” moment?? Whether it be the first time you went to the zoo, your first rollercoaster ride, or your first time hiking to the top of the mountain — it was so exciting, breathtaking, and, well, it was just a “WOW” moment. As the years go by, our enthusiasm tends to take a hit… We find ourselves in a never ending “groundhog day” routine — doing the same thing day in and day out. Where did the excitement go? When did we lose our eagerness to learn? …


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Original Story Published on Behind the Plate with Kenzie Osborne.

The food industry is the most giving one out there… Honestly… The chefs I meet, the workers I speak with, and the staff I see on a daily basis are absolutely incredible. It doesn’t matter what hardships they’re going through — YOU are always their number one concern… This week, I had the opportunity to speak with Chef Igor of Ballaro Fine Dining (Mission Lasagna) in Toronto ON. Although the past year has been tough and unexpected, Chef Igor has found peace within the kitchen. The uncertainty in this world is devastating.. …


Originally Published on Behind the Plate with Kenzie Osborne

“Go to university.” “Get a degree.” “Work a 9-to-5 job with a steady income.” Sound familiar?? Oftentimes, what we WANT is pushed to the backburner, and we find ourselves doing something we hate to pay the bills. What happened to being told to follow your dreams? What happened to chasing your passions? And, why aren’t we encouraged to do the one thing we’re most passionate about? Jamir Cole, senior student at Walnut College, is the perfect example of a young chef following his dreams. …


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Photo Via Pina, owner of Sweet Serendipity

Simplicity. The world of food has drifted into the weird, the wacky, the wild, and the unknown. What happened to the SIMPLE recipes? You know — the ones that have few ingredients, but are baked to absolute perfection? Where did the classic vanilla cake with whipped buttercream frosting go? We have charcoal-this, matcha-that, cakes on fire, and steaming ice cream… Sure, we can all appreciate some fun and creativity — but oftentimes the flavours become muddled, and it’s more of a show than a tasty treat to enjoy…

The Sweetness Within A Simple Recipe

Pina, the owner of Sweet Serendipity in Toronto ON, is all about embracing the simple sweets in the kitchen. As a proud member of a traditional Italian family, simplicity in the kitchen has always been key. It’s never adding fluff and gold leaves — it’s about learning to appreciate and highlight the delicate, subtle flavours of natural ingredients. …


Top Chef Canada winner Chef Francis Blais shares his transformation from a graffiti master to an incredible food artist and acclaimed Canadian chef

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Photo By Jeremi Dionne

Sooo, who else watched Top Chef Canada this year??? Annnd, who else saw as Chef Francis literally KILLED it when he made a decadent orecchiette pasta (which he’d never seen before… annnd may not have been able to pronounce…)?

Chef Francis boasted incredible flavours throughout the season (according to the judges, of course… Hopefully one day I’ll be able to dive into one of his signature dishes and have a few tastes for myself). …


World Pizza Championship winner Chef Will Grant spills the deets on preparing the perfect pizza. Hint: it’s all about the base…

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Photo Via Chef Will Grant

The FIFA World Cup… The Superbowl… The NBA Finals… Each of these events are exciting, interesting, and call for huge celebrations and social gatherings. Every year, hundreds of thousands of families and friends gather together to watch these events. …

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Kenzie Osborne

Founder of kenzieosborne.com, sharing stories “behind the plate” from chefs and home cooks across the world. Instagram @chefkenzieosborne. Twitter @Chef_Kenzie

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