Meet Chef Matt Schram of The Dish

Everyone knows that the best parties always end in the kitchen. With our series, Kitchen Party, we’re sitting down with Feast On Chefs to get to know them, and the local foods that inspire them, a little better. Photo of Matt Schram, chef at The Dish

Matt Schram

The Dish

77 Government Rd West Unit 2, Kirkland Lake

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What’s your favourite seasonal ingredient?

Living in Northeastern Ontario, winters are long and very cold. We are never quite sure when spring is going to arrive. Summer is short. In the fall, my favourite season, it’s sunny and warm while we wait for the harshness of winter to return. Fall brings an abundance of root vegetables that bring versatility. Beets and carrots are my favourites. I also love to cook with butternut squash.

What’s your drink of choice?

Coffee. Definitely coffee. But to sit back and relax, it’s Oban 14 year old single malt scotch whiskey.

What is your favourite dish to prepare for a group of friends?

Maple chipotle pulled pork chili with smoked cheddar cornbread. Nothing better than hanging out with a group of friends on a cold winter’s day with a good bowl of chili in hand. Comfort food at its finest.

What’s the best part of working with Ontario food and drink?

The best part of working with Ontario food and drink is getting out into my community and meeting people with similar interests, who are passionate about the same things as I am. It has allowed me to build solid relationships. Collaboration allows for a better understanding, knowledge and appreciation of local food and drink.

Why is Feast On important to you and your restaurant?

Feast On is important to us because it shows our level of commitment to using local products. Additionally, it creates an opportunity for us to help educate people about why it is important to support locally and who our local suppliers are. It also creates awareness about where our food comes from.

Fill in the blank: “If I entered a competitive eating contest, I’d definitely win if the item was . . .

Reese Peanut Butter Cups – Big Cups, specifically. Lol.

What does your ‘Perfect Weekend’ in Kirkland Lake look like?

A perfect weekend in Kirkland Lake would involve a morning drive to the Riverside Farmer’s Market in nearby Temiskaming Shores. This would include an undisturbed, tranquil walk with my two dogs out to Beatrice Lake, coffee with my wife and business partner, Katie (at the local Plum Blossom Bakery). And, while we fending off mosquitos with some close friends, marshmallows, guitars and cold ones around a fire.
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