Two journeys. Two culinary epicentres. Two of the world’s best chefs.
For the next instalment of 50 Best Explores, the franchise packs its bags for Canada for an investigative look at Ontario between 18th and 23rd August, where teams of 50 Best cooks, local Feast On certified chefs and journalists will delve deep into the local culinary scene.
After landing in Toronto via Air Canada flights, the pack will split into two, with one team containing Ignacio Mattos, chef-owner of New York’s Estela, which placed at No.80 in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2019. He will be joined by Feast On chefs Jeff Kang of Toronto’s excellent Canis restaurant and Laura Maxwell of Le Select before they head to Kawartha Northumberland, an area of outstanding natural beauty formed by interconnecting lakes and rivers that boasts some of the finest produce in all of Canada.
The 50 Best chef in the second team is Junghyun ‘JP’ Park from New York’s Atomix restaurant. Park’s brand of Korean fusion food is making waves across the city’s dining scene as the restaurant broke into this year’s 50 Best extended list at No.119. He will be joined by Feast On Chef Jason Bangerter from Langdon Hall, whose culinary philosophy is influenced by the sprawling gardens and forest that surround his kitchen in the Ontario countryside. Their trip will focus on the region’s wine country and will be supported by Feast On Ambassadors Ricky Casipe and Olivia Simpson from Westcott Vineyards and Feast On Chef Jason Parsons from Peller Estates vineyards, who will explain and explore the area’s unique microclimate and terroirs.
EPISODE ONE : KAWARTHAS NORTHUMBERLAND
As part of 50 Best Explores: Ontario, 50 Best chefs travelled to the southwestern region to witness the farming methods behind the province’s finest produce. The team discovers an area that’s looking at its past to define its future with heritage ingredients at its core.
The team visits Tamarack Farms, Elmhirst Resort, South Pond Farms, King Cole Ducks and Doo Doo’s Bakery for a day of tasting, learning and gathering information to take back to their celebrated New York restaurant.
EPISODE TWO : WINE COUNTRY ONTARIO
In the second installment of mini documentary series 50 Best Explores Ontario, Korean chef Junghyun Park of restaurant Atomix in New York travels around Ontario’s wine country to discover an unexpected wine region.
The team visits Niagara Parks, West Avenue Cider, Peller Estates, Westcott Vineyards – home of Ricky+Olivia, Langdon Hall and Murray Farms.
EPISODE THREE : TORONTO
Kensington Market, Graffiti Alley and the best places to eat in Toronto: all this and more in the last instalment of 50 Best Explores Ontario!
In this episode, chefs Junghyun “JP” Park (Atomix, New York), Ignacio Mattos and Sam Lawrence (Estela, New York) discover the best foodie spots of the Ontario capital. They visit acclaimed restaurants like Canis, Dailo, Le Select Bistro and Bar Raval. They also get to taste their way across one of most delicious neighbourhoods in The Six.
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