February 20, 2019

Chef enjoys the beauty of carving

BY AUSTIN WELLS Philippe Saraiva is a man of many talents, but is an artist first and foremost. In the winter, when he isn’t working at Conestoga’s Waterloo campus as a chef and culinary teacher, he passes his time at ice carving competitions. “As faculty here at Conestoga, it takes quite a bit of my time during the week, but during wintertime I need to release a bit of steam … Continued

Kitchener’s ‘Top Chef ‘ wears many hats

BY CASSIDY FOULDS “Look at that.” Terry Salmond held his phone, grinning down at a video of a red cap bolete mushroom that he’d found while out foraging. He’d snapped the cap in half, revealing the quickly-oxidizing flesh on the inside. The flesh quickly shifted colours, indicating it was unfit for consumption. “That’s cool, right? The way it changes to blue like that?” He sits in a homey little Portuguese … Continued

These chefs can take the heat

By ALEX RIESE Present and future chefs collaborated at Waterloo Region’s fourth annual Iron Chef competition on Feb. 5. The focal point of the contest was a cook-off between chefs from eight of the region’s most successful restaurants, with students of Conestoga’s culinary management program acting as sous chefs. According to the event’s organizer Gary Hallam, it gave the students a unique opportunity to grow. “There are so many ways … Continued