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Food: February 2013 Archives

Chef Francis Mallman: grilling Argentina-style

Seven Fires cookbook.jpgMontréal en Lumière is putting the spotlight on Argentinian cuisine over the next week.

And that means we have the pleasure of welcoming into studio one of Latin America's most famous chefs, Francis Mallmann - who is also the honourary president of the festival.

Francis Mallmann is a TV star and the author of the cookbook Seven Fires: Grilling the Argentine Way. He has three restaurants in Argentina and Uruguay where he cooks with wood fire and cast iron.

But - ironically - he first established his reputation as a master of French haute-cuisine.

Due to a misunderstanding with the festival's management, Francis Mallmann left Montreal early but he spoke with Sonali Karnick before the incident about his passion for grilling.

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Chef Carl Murray: taste of Saguenay-Lac St Jean

Carl Murray edited.jpgThis morning, we meet one of the emissaries of Saguenay-Lac St Jean cuisine who's in town for Montréal en Lumière. Carl Murray is the owner of the Restaurant du Moulin in the historic village of Val-Jalbert.

Carl Murray grew up in Roberval, but he pursued a career as a chef in Montreal and Quebec City, and in France. Along the way, he earned a little notoriety in New York City for daring to create a cheesecake made with Quebec cheddar cheese. Then a few years ago, he returned to his roots - back to Roberval - to open up a fine-dining restaurant, where they feature regional produce and cuisine.

Carl Murray will be preparing a regionally-inspired meal tonight at the festival in Montreal.

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Whisky Fête fundraiser for McGill Scottish Chair

Whiskey Fête.pngMontreal is getting a little peaty, smokey and maybe even a little sweet!

This Friday, the St.Andrew's Society of Montreal presents its first Whisky Fête. The whisky tasting event is a fundraiser for a new Chair in Canadian-Scottish Studies at McGill University.

More than 50 rare and special Scotches single-malts will be featured at the event.

Peter McAuslan, founder, president and CEO of McAuslan Brewing is a spokesperson for the event.  He's a past president of the St Andrew's Society of Montreal and is on the board for the Chair in Canadian-Scottish studies. Brian McQueenie is co-director of Ouidram, the group that organized this tasting of fine whiskeys. They join Sonali Karnick in studio.

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