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Talking to chefs and sometimes lawyers... My name is Graham MacLennan and I've spent most of the last 20 years in law offices and in restaurant kitchens, so the people I know best are chefs and lawyers. On Cheftimony, I talk to both groups, but always to people who love food.

Talking to chefs and sometimes lawyers... My name is Graham MacLennan and I've spent most of the last 20 years in law offices and in restaurant kitchens, so the people I know best are chefs and lawyers. On Cheftimony, I talk to both groups, but always to people who love food.
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Talking to chefs and sometimes lawyers... My name is Graham MacLennan and I've spent most of the last 20 years in law offices and in restaurant kitchens, so the people I know best are chefs and lawyers. On Cheftimony, I talk to both groups, but always to people who love food.

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Episodes

Episode 015: Sunday in the Kitchen

5/24/2019
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Today’s episode comes from the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia. I’ve been lucky to live on the Coast since late-2017. It’s an absolutely beautiful spot, close to Vancouver but pleasantly distant at the same time. In recent years, the Coast has seen a lot of development and that has brought both controversy and a seriously-improved culinary scene. Today, I speak to the partnership behind a brilliant Italian restaurant in the heart of the village of Gibsons. Detailed show notes for the...

Duration:00:51:45

Cheftimony Snack: McKellar Confectionery

5/17/2019
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Today’s snack has some information about two upcoming full-length episodes, one from Gibsons, BC on the Sunshine Coast, and the other from Main Street in Vancouver. I also have a short interview from a place that’s very close to my heart, the legendary McKellar Confectionery in my hometown of Thundery Bay. This place has been serving up crave-inducing Coney-style hamburgers and hotdogs since 1926, and it’s a meal I share with my (now 89-year-old) father every time I’m in town. Join me from...

Duration:00:08:34

Episode 014: Vegan 2.0

5/10/2019
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Today we continue the vegan theme on Cheftimony with another wonderful guest, Anna Pippus. Anna’s work includes time as a food writer, a food lawyer, an animal rights activist, and a very popular vegan author and blogger. We talk about everything from the heavy issues of undercover animal welfare investigations to the lighter side of veganism, including a lightning-quick plant-based sauce that goes perfectly with just about every dish. You don’t want to miss it! Join Anna and me for Vegan...

Duration:00:50:01

Episode 013: Vegan 1.0

5/3/2019
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On today’s show I have two really fun interviews, both connected to a great story involving a vegan food producer in Vancouver, a food industry lawyer in Toronto, and a complaint to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. Just what is “cheese”? The answer is not nearly as simple as you might think, but my guests and I have a lot of fun talking it through. Detailed show notes for this episode are at the Cheftimony website.

Duration:01:17:22

Cheftimony Snack: The Vegans Are Coming

4/26/2019
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Today’s episode is a snack-sized portion of Cheftimony. Join me for five minutes, and I’ll tell you about what’s on tap for the show in the coming weeks. In short: vegans! I’ll be posting episodes to discuss a saga in Canadian food labeling that I’ve taken to calling Cheesegate. Soon on the podcast, a vegan chef and a food lawyer dive into just what can be called “cheese” and how the whole food industry is changing. Detailed show notes for this episode are at the Cheftimony website.

Duration:00:05:40

Episode 012: Lone Wolf

4/19/2019
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The first episode of Season 2 took me to a delightful bake shop on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia. The two owners of Lone Wolf Bakery welcomed me into the heart of their kitchen where our food talk covered chef life, community building, artisanal pastry, and heavily-crusted sourdough bread (not for the weak of tooth!). Detailed show notes for this episode are at the Cheftimony website.

Duration:00:42:59

Welcome to Season 2!

4/12/2019
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From Vancouver to Las Vegas and from New York to London, Season 1 of Cheftimony was a whole lot of fun. Looking ahead at the new season, I plan to bring you more talks with more chefs and of course a few more lawyers. One particular goal for Season 2 is to spend more time cooking in restaurant kitchens and reporting to you on those experiences. Another is to incorporate more of your ideas into the show. So please do get in touch if there is a chef or a lawyer you’d like to hear on the show!...

Duration:00:03:19

Episode 011: A Return to the Desert

4/4/2019
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Picasso Restaurant in the Bellagio Resort and Casino in Las Vegas has amazing food, an amazing kitchen and, of course, amazing art on the walls – original Picassos! It’s also where I first cooked as a stagiaire in Vegas. In Episode 011, I talk with Matthew Fleisher, the Executive Pastry Chef at Picasso, about everything from his work as a diamond courier before becoming a chef to where he eats in Las Vegas (and Matt’s answer may surprise you!). After my talk with Matt, I meet up with my...

Duration:01:00:37

Episode 010: Transatlantic

4/4/2019
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The best part of producing the Cheftimony podcast is meeting people I simply wouldn’t meet otherwise. On Episode 010, I have an across-the-ocean talk with one such amazing person, Seetal Savla of the London food blog SavlaFaire. Seetal is a blogger and restaurant reviewer with the writing talent to take us inside her favourite restaurants and right to the table when she interviews chefs. Join us as we compare notes on the Vancouver and London food scenes. Detailed show notes for this...

Duration:00:38:27

Episode 009: Old Friends

4/4/2019
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One of the chefs I met during my early days as a stagiaire at Bishop’s Restaurant in Vancouver was Thompson Tran. Thompson is a very interesting fellow. In recent years, he and his wife have started a food business, left Vancouver and set up shop just outside of Toronto. Now, Thompson keeps multiple plates spinning through his company Wooden Boat Food. On Episode 009, Thompson and I talk about entrepreneurship, work/life balance and the horror of single-use plastics. And that’s all in...

Duration:00:37:56

Episode 008: A Weekend in New York

4/4/2019
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Whatever you’re into, New York’s got it. And when that whatever is food, you’re particularly lucky. Join me in the big city for my talk with Jenny Dorsey, a fascinating chef who’s pushing the boundaries of traditional culinary work to incorporate her vision as an artist into her dishes. Chef Jenny uses food, art and technology to express exactly what matters to her. Detailed show notes for this episode are at the Cheftimony website.

Duration:00:40:23

Episode 007: Where Everybody Knows Your Name

4/4/2019
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How can you , the customer, improve your experience at a restaurant? One of the best ways I know is to become a regular at the places you love. In Episode 007, I speak to four regulars at the Vancouver restaurant closest to my heart, Chef Andrea Carlson’s Burdock & Co. This episode is also my chance to say Happy 10th Anniversary to Chef as we mark a decade of cooking and laughing together. Detailed show notes for this episode are at the Cheftimony website.

Duration:00:46:31

Episode 006: I’m Outta Here

4/4/2019
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There’s a problem in the culinary world: the industry demands so much and it pays too little. On Episode 006, I talk with two wonderful chefs I worked with at Burdock & Co. in Vancouver, Greg Sugiyama and Will Beere. They’ve both left cooking behind, Will to be a mechanic and Greg to work in software. I’m happy they’ve both found fulfilling new careers, but I can’t deny that I’m disappointed the culinary world couldn’t keep them. Detailed show notes for this episode are at the Cheftimony...

Duration:00:59:25

Episode 005: Cheftimony at Sea

4/4/2019
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In 2015 I had one of the best experiences of my life, cooking aboard the schooner Passing Cloud in some of the most remote and most beautiful parts of the British Columbia Coast. On Episode 005, I’m joined by two colleagues – Tasha Sawyer and Erin Vickars – who have also lived the dream (and the challenge!) of cooking aboard Passing Cloud in the Great Bear Rainforest and in Haida Gwaii. Join us to hear the view from the galley. Detailed show notes for this episode are at the Cheftimony...

Duration:00:45:30

Episode 004: Considering Oysters. And Beer.

4/4/2019
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For years at Burdock & Co., Sunday dinner shifts ended with my friend and long-time Burdock server Richard Boucher pouring us all staff drinks which we’d sip while chatting and cleaning up. These days, Richard is the man behind Curious Oyster Catering Co. and on this episode, the two of us have a great talk about all things oyster. After talking to Richard, I’m joined by lawyer and cicerone Chad McCarthy to talk all things beer, including the perfect beer to match with oysters! Detailed...

Duration:01:04:34

Episode 003: Caffeinated

4/4/2019
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Have you ever met someone who’s such an enthusiast, such a committed, driven expert that no matter what their area of interest, you become fascinated with it too? On Episode 003, you’ll meet my friend Chef Jacob Deacon-Evans, the most dedicated student of culinary history I know. My many cups of coffee with Jacob followed many earlier cups with Andrea Rasmussen, a business lawyer who shares my love for food and my Northwestern Ontario heritage. Pour a cup of coffee and join us all for...

Duration:00:39:53

Episode 002: Bistro in the Desert

4/4/2019
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For years, I’ve been lucky to cook in kitchens in Las Vegas and since 2014, it’s always been at Bouchon Bistro in the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino. On Episode 002, I speak to my friend Joshua Crain, Chef de Cuisine at Bouchon Las Vegas. Josh and I talk about everything from his years at the original Bouchon in Yountville, California to the unique challenges and rewards of cooking in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip. Detailed show notes for this episode are at the Cheftimony website.

Duration:00:36:36

Episode 001: The Vancouver Food Scene – Early Days All the Way to Burdock & Co.

4/4/2019
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Chef Andrea Carlson will always be Chef with a capital “C” for me. Andrea gave me my start in the Vancouver culinary scene in 2008, and I seek her mentorship to this day. How else could I start the Cheftimony podcast but by talking to Chef Carlson? On Episode 001, I also speak with my friend Mark Tweedy, a Vancouver food enthusiast who balanced his love for restaurants with his work as a courtroom litigator for more than 30 years. Detailed show notes for this episode are at the Cheftimony...

Duration:00:45:46

The Backstory

4/4/2019
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In 2008, I began spending Thursday evenings as a volunteer in the kitchen of Bisho’s Restaurant in Vancouver. I’d rush from the office, change my suit for a chef’s jacket and start work at the garde mange station. Those were great days and introduced to the chef who has been my constant mentor for more than a decade, the one person who, to me, will always be… “Chef”. Detailed show notes for this episode are at the Cheftimony website.

Duration:00:07:09

Welcome to the Podcast

3/28/2019
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Welcome to the Podcast The first Cheftimony podcast ever! Join me for this four-minute introduction to what Cheftimony is all about. From law offices to restaurant kitchens… to the microphone. Detailed show notes for this episode are at the Cheftimony website.

Duration:00:04:11