Saturday, June 27, 2015

Taste of Toronto returns to Fort York

Taste of Toronto Festival returns to Fort York
for the world-renowned festival July 2 – 5

Joining over 30 of the country’s top culinary talent are renowned chefs Masaharu Morimoto, Alvin Leung, Lynn Crawford and Stuart Cameron at this year's Taste of Toronto Festival.

Iron Chef and Michelin-starred mastermind Morimoto is set to debut signature dishes from his latest eponymous restaurant and highly anticipated first-ever venture in Canada, scheduled to open late 2015 in Toronto’s King West neighbourhood. Festival goers can delight in Chef Morimoto’s fusion of Japanese and Western ingredients, exemplified in his showcase dishes:

Also previewing a new restaurant at this year’s event, Rob Bragagnolo of Marben will introduce Carver at Sunday’s lunch session. Scheduled to open downtown Toronto in fall 2015, the restaurant will focus on locally-sourced Ontario and naturally-raised, slow-roasted meats. The final chefs and restaurants completing this year’s lineup include Stuart Cameron from ByblosPatria anWeslodge, as well as the Kinka Family of Guu Toronto, Kintori Yakitori and Kinton Ramen who are returning to the festival for the second year in a row. Other newcomers to the festival include “The Demon Chef” Alvin Leung, to appear alongside his MasterChef Canada protégé Eric Chong at the R&D booth.

Celebrity chefs will also lend their star power to the festivities, with Lynn Crawford performing an on-site demonstration and cooking class as an Egg Farmers of Canada Chef Ambassador, Massimo Capra presenting with Italian favourite Galbani cheese, and sustainable seafood advocate Rick Moonen appearing alongside one of North America’s most trusted producers of seafood, True North Salmon.

Some of the best restaurants in Toronto participate in the Taste of Toronto.  They sell 3 dishes that can be purchased with crown credits that you can add to a card that can be reloaded.  The average item will cost about 5 or 6 crown credits.
For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit

Taste of Toronto 2015 restaurant and star lineup
  • Adrian Niman, Rasa
  • Alvin Leung and Eric Chong, R&D (Thursday and Friday only)
  • Amanda Ray, Biff’s Bistro
  • Anthony Walsh and Michael Bonacini, Oliver & Bonacini
  • Bill Osborne, America
  • Carl Heinrich, Richmond Station
  • Cory Vitiello and Robbie Hojilla, The Harbord Room and THR & Co.
  • Damon Campbell, Bosk
  • David Neinstein, Barque
  • Elia Herrera, Los Colibris and El Caballito
  • Franco Stalteri, Charlie’s Burgers
  • Jonathan Waxman and Matt Robertson, Montecito
  • Ippei Iwata, Aki Urata and Koji Tashiro, Guu Toronto, Kintori Yakitori and Kinton Ramen (Saturday only)
  • Masaharu Morimoto, Morimoto Toronto
  • Michael van den Winkel, Little Sister
  • Miheer Shete, Bannock
  • Rob Bragagnolo, Marben (Sunday only)
  • Stuart Cameron, Byblos, Patria and Weslodge
  • Ted Corrado and Matt DeMille, The Drake Hotel, The Drake Devonshire and Drake One Fifty
  • Victor Barry, Splendido
  • Lynn Crawford, Egg Farmers of Canada Chef Ambassador
  • Mark McEwan, McEwan Group
  • Massimo Capra, Galbani Cheese
  • Rick Moonen, True North Salmon

Chef Masaharu Morimoto
 It’s a pleasure to cook alongside some of Toronto’s most celebrated chefs,” said Masaharu Morimoto. “To be welcomed into the city’s vibrant and innovative food community is such an honour.” 

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About Taste Festivals:  
Taste Festivals, an IMG event, is considered the world’s greatest restaurant festival. The festival concept began 10 years ago in London, England, and has rapidly grown into an international event with festivals in 20 cities around the world including Dubai, Amsterdam, Milan, Moscow, Melbourne, Dublin, Mumbai, Sydney, and Johannesburg, to name a few. Everywhere it goes, Taste represents a gourmand’s dream come true: delicious food created by the city’s greatest restaurants, world famous chefs, superb drink and outstanding entertainment, set in stunning outdoor surroundings.

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