EatinEatOut : Holiday 2012
WWW.EATINEATOUT.CA 99 "Entertaining" – that particular opus was the inspiration for me to become a caterer. Proudest moment so far? My proudest moment would have to have been in 1999 when I was included in a list of "Ten people that changed the way Calgary eats" and holding the record of being the only chef in Calgary that holds the distinction of having being granted three nine out of 10 ratings by John Gilchrist. Biggest flop? Like all chefs, I have had failures; however, they are as important as my successes... as I learn as much, if not more, from them as my hits. I learned very early on in my career that I can let my palate influence my culinary style, but I can’t let it rule it. Just because I am not a fan of eggplant doesn’t mean that I should exclude it from my repertoire. What’s your next big venture? My next big venture, (we) will have to wait and see. I have at least three new concepts rolling around in my head at all times. I have had the extreme good fortune all my career to having been in the right place at the right time, so stay tuned. Why doughnuts? (Again) I was in the right place at the right time, for the right reason. Better to listen to the universe when it whispers than when it shouts. On a more earthly plane, the owners (of Jelly Modern, Rita and Rosanne Tripathy) approached me to consult with them on the concept – based on my reputation and creativity – and one thing lead to another. But the bottom line is that it was a natural fit for me; quality ingredients, a great concept whose time had come, and the opportunity to elevate the humble to the extraordinary.