Where can I find your recipes?

FOOD & WINE and Kitchen Daily house a large number of my recipes. You can also check out my recipe section for more inspiration!

When was your book published?

My book, Talking With My Mouth Full, was released by Hyperion in February 2012.

How can I get you to come speak at my event?

Please visit my contact page for information and details.

Where did you go to school?

I attended McGill University in Montreal, where I earned an undergraduate degree in Anthropology and Spanish Language. I later attended culinary school in New York City at what is now the Institute of Culinary Education.

How did you decided to pursue a career in food?

My mother ran a cooking school out of our home, so I have been around the business of food since a very early age. In college, I wrote restaurant reviews for my school paper, which inspired me to become a food writer after graduation. I soon realized in order to be a thoughtful, successful writer, I needed to fully immerse myself in the world of food. So I packed my bags for New York City, attended culinary school, and worked in some of the city’s legendary kitchens

Where did you grow-up?

I was born and raised in Toronto, Canada.

What is your favorite part of judging Top Chef?

I love the travel – I have seen more of this country than I ever could have imagined. I also love the people – the judges, producers, camera crew – we make-up a fun nomadic family!

What is the best dish you have ever been served on Top Chef?

There are so many! Here are just some of the dishes I have loved over the years: Fried Banana Fritter with Red Chili Paste (Ed Cotton, Top Chef 7: Finale), Raw Hamachi with Fried Veal Sweetbreads, Asian Pear, Pickled Radish, and Garlic Mayonnaise (Richard Blais; Top Chef 8: Finale), Braised Pork Shoulder with Pepperoni Sauce, Roasted Cabbage, and Turnips (Mike Isabella; Top Chef 8: Finale), Tequila shot: Sweet and Sour Macaroon Filled with Guacamole, Corn Nuts, and Corn Puree (Bryan Voltaggio), and Salted Butterscotch Pudding with Whipped Cream (Tiffani Faison; 2007 Top Chef Holiday Special).

Do you have a favorite filming location?

So far my favorite locations were Hawaii, Singapore, and Aspen.

How do you stay in shape while constantly eating?

I enjoy working out – especially running, bike riding, and hiking – I always pack my running shoes when I am traveling. Living in New York City means a lot of walking, so I am active every day! When I am feeling less than inspired to lace-up my running shoes, I always remind myself working out is a very small price to pay in order to eat such amazing food. And I’ve learned how to taste food carefully without needing to clean my plate.