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From Edmonton to Tokyo

by Andree Lau, CBCnews.ca

Eight years ago, culinary student Quentin Glabus was coaxing his Cree grandmother to share her bannock recipe with him. This month, he's bringing that secret flatbread formula to his new job as executive chef for the Canadian embassy in Tokyo.

Glabus started his new gig May 1, cooking breakfast, lunch and dinner for the ambassador and his family. Glabus also crafts meals for official embassy functions numbering from 10 to 1,000 guests, including royalty and VIPs.

Quentin Glabus left an Edmonton restaurant to become executive chef at the Canadian embassy in Japan. (Kathy Kiel/CBC)

I'm not sure the 27-year-old will even break a sweat, considering he's helped cater the Aboriginal Achievement Awards for 3,000 guests.

Glabus graduated from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology's culinary arts program in 2000. Five years later, he became executive chef of the Homefire Grill in Edmonton, delighting diners with his favourite wild game dishes.

But Glabus said he believes in constantly learning, and returned to teach at the college and to mentor aboriginal apprentices as well.

A member of the Frog Lake First Nation, east of Edmonton, Glabus said he'll actually miss the snow in Alberta.

Diners at the Japanese embassy can look forward to the chef's own twists on his kookum's bannock, maybe with some Saskatoon jam and maple-infused butter.

"I would like to use a lot of bison, but they are not exactly native to Japan, so [I plan to use] just different cooking techniques and a lot of clean flavours with some that are complex, but mainly deep and clean earth flavours," Glabus told me in an e-mail.

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