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Alex Ross of Ross Never Sleeps sits down with prominent chefs shaping the Toronto food scene. Mostly we end up discussing late night comfort food, diners and our favourite ethnic neighbourhoods to explore some of the best hidden gems every major city is hiding. There’s always room at our table. Join us!

Latest Episodes

Jesse Vallins of Maple Leaf Tavern

EJesse Vallins of Maple Leaf Tavern closes another exciting season of Speaking Duck! This interview was recorded as Jesse prepared for his Gold Medal Plates competition where he would take home the Bronze for Canada. Jesse is always humble and fun to chat with. Jesse is one of the hardest working chefs in Canada including teaching at George Brown College and consulting for Port in Pickering and Merit Brewing. Jesse Vallins on Twitter Maple Leaf Tavern Port Bar & Dining Merit Brewing

51 MIN2018 JAN 24
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Jesse Vallins of Maple Leaf Tavern

Shamez Amlani of La Palette

EDowntown Toronto is a "small village" and Shamez Amlani is one of its more eccentric restaurateurs. Shamez is a popular man about town and proud activist supporting pedestrian and cycling initiatives in Canada. Shamez is the owner and operator of La Palette, a French Bistro that has evolved from its Kensington Market roots to 492 Queen Street West. La Palette

66 MIN2018 JAN 10
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Shamez Amlani of La Palette

Daniel Cancino of Lamesa featuring Big Norm Alconcel

EToronto has a vast Filipino population. From "Little Manila" to Daniel Cancino's Lasa and Lamesa, Toronto is a cultural dining hotspot for people from the Philippines. Daniel Cancino is young and talented and it shows in his cooking. We're also joined by comedian Big Norm Alconcel, Toronto's Filipino ambassador. Lamesa Lasa Big Norm Alconcel

47 MIN2017 DEC 27
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Daniel Cancino of Lamesa featuring Big Norm Alconcel

Ted Reader

ETed Reader is BBQ royalty. Canada's grill-master sits down for his first ever long form interview. Ted is a best selling author and has graced our televisions for over 20 years and counting spreading the BBQ gospel. Be sure to check out his new line of plant based burgers Wholly Veggie! TedReader.com Ted on Instagram Ted on Twitter Ted on Facebook Wholly Veggie

82 MIN2017 DEC 13
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Ted Reader

Richie Nakano of Hapa Ramen featuring Scott Vivian of Beast

ERichie Nakano of Hapa Ramen visits Hogtown to pair up with Toronto's Scott Vivian of Beast for their 2nd annual Halloween ramen pop-up! While in town, Richie shares his stories from the bustling west coast, San Francisco Bay Area, and the aftermath of partnering Hapa Ramen with the wrong investors. Richie Nakano on Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown Starts @ 13:15 Richie Nakano Twitter Richie Nakano Facebook Richie Nakano Instagram Beast Website Beast Instagram Scott Vivian Instagram Scott Vivian Twitter Beast Doughnuts Instagram

65 MIN2017 NOV 29
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Richie Nakano of Hapa Ramen featuring Scott Vivian of Beast

Demon Chef Alvin Leung of Bo Innovation

EThe Demon Chef Alvin Leung is in Toronto filming Season 5 of MasterChef Canada. Alex Ross chats with the 3-star Michelin chef about growing up watching the Toronto Maple Leafs, the origins of his Demon Chef moniker, and his love of Detective Columbo. While back home, catch Alvin cooking for his Toronto friends and family at his first Canadian restaurant, R&D (Rebel & Demon) with MasterChef Season 1 winner Eric Chong on November 22nd and 23rd, 2017. Get your tickets to Four Hands Dinner with Chefs Alvin Leung & Eric Chong – Nov 22 & 23 R&D Restaurant MasterChef Canada The Demon Chef on Twitter Bo Innovation Website

80 MIN2017 NOV 15
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Demon Chef Alvin Leung of Bo Innovation

Joshna Maharaj

EThe Chef of Change, Joshna Maharaj is Canada's answer to culinary community activism. Joshna discusses the Slow Food Movement and her role informing Canadians on how their cities and institutions can change their food choices for a healthier future. Joshna's Brand-New Website Joshna's Socials Twitter Instagram Facebook

106 MIN2017 NOV 1
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Joshna Maharaj

Scott Vivian of Beast

EScott Vivian is the chef and owner of Beast, a restaurant that hides snugly between Toronto's King West and Queen West at 96 Tecumseth. Beast is serving Toronto's best representation of Nose to Tail dining. Scott is clever and humble as Beast has quietly become one of Toronto's most sought-after dining destinations. From their whole animal dinners to their popular brunch menu there's no stopping Scott from putting Beast and Toronto on the global culinary map. Catch San Fransico chef Richie Nakano join Scott Vivian on Tuesday, October 31st for a special 2nd Annual Halloween Ramen Pop-Up at BEAST 96 Tecumseth, Toronto Ontario. Beast Website Beast Instagram Scott's Instagram Scott's Twitter Beast Doughnuts Instagram Richie Nakano Twitter

59 MIN2017 OCT 18
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Scott Vivian of Beast

John Catucci of You Gotta Eat Here!

EJohn Catucci starred in 5 seasons of one of Canada's most popular food and travel programs, You Gotta Eat Here! Now promoting the travel guide, You Gotta Go Here!, John chats about his local hangouts and his favourite experiences on the show. See John perform live with The Doo Wops October 11th for the 16th Annual Accent on Toronto Comedy Night! Click For Tickets Where to Buy, You Gotta Go Here! John Cattuci's Twitter The Doo Wops' Twitter

88 MIN2017 OCT 4
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John Catucci of You Gotta Eat Here!

Zane Caplansky

EZane Caplansky is a Toronto culinary icon. A purveyor of quality smoked meat and matching opinions, Zane is not shy to break down the barriers of Toronto's culinary landscape. Zane well-represents Canada having been featured on Top Chef Canada, Dragon's Den, and Food Truck Faceoff. His weekly radio program, "Let's Eat with Zane Caplansky" keeps his finger on the pulse of Toronto's foodie fan base. This is the perfect guest for launching the second season of Speaking Duck. Caplansky's Deli 356 College St and multiple locations Caplansky Twitter & Food Truck Locator Let's Eat with Zane Caplansky on NewsTalk1010

60 MIN2017 SEP 20
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Zane Caplansky

Latest Episodes

Jesse Vallins of Maple Leaf Tavern

EJesse Vallins of Maple Leaf Tavern closes another exciting season of Speaking Duck! This interview was recorded as Jesse prepared for his Gold Medal Plates competition where he would take home the Bronze for Canada. Jesse is always humble and fun to chat with. Jesse is one of the hardest working chefs in Canada including teaching at George Brown College and consulting for Port in Pickering and Merit Brewing. Jesse Vallins on Twitter Maple Leaf Tavern Port Bar & Dining Merit Brewing

51 MIN2018 JAN 24
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Jesse Vallins of Maple Leaf Tavern

Shamez Amlani of La Palette

EDowntown Toronto is a "small village" and Shamez Amlani is one of its more eccentric restaurateurs. Shamez is a popular man about town and proud activist supporting pedestrian and cycling initiatives in Canada. Shamez is the owner and operator of La Palette, a French Bistro that has evolved from its Kensington Market roots to 492 Queen Street West. La Palette

66 MIN2018 JAN 10
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Shamez Amlani of La Palette

Daniel Cancino of Lamesa featuring Big Norm Alconcel

EToronto has a vast Filipino population. From "Little Manila" to Daniel Cancino's Lasa and Lamesa, Toronto is a cultural dining hotspot for people from the Philippines. Daniel Cancino is young and talented and it shows in his cooking. We're also joined by comedian Big Norm Alconcel, Toronto's Filipino ambassador. Lamesa Lasa Big Norm Alconcel

47 MIN2017 DEC 27
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Daniel Cancino of Lamesa featuring Big Norm Alconcel

Ted Reader

ETed Reader is BBQ royalty. Canada's grill-master sits down for his first ever long form interview. Ted is a best selling author and has graced our televisions for over 20 years and counting spreading the BBQ gospel. Be sure to check out his new line of plant based burgers Wholly Veggie! TedReader.com Ted on Instagram Ted on Twitter Ted on Facebook Wholly Veggie

82 MIN2017 DEC 13
Comments
Ted Reader

Richie Nakano of Hapa Ramen featuring Scott Vivian of Beast

ERichie Nakano of Hapa Ramen visits Hogtown to pair up with Toronto's Scott Vivian of Beast for their 2nd annual Halloween ramen pop-up! While in town, Richie shares his stories from the bustling west coast, San Francisco Bay Area, and the aftermath of partnering Hapa Ramen with the wrong investors. Richie Nakano on Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown Starts @ 13:15 Richie Nakano Twitter Richie Nakano Facebook Richie Nakano Instagram Beast Website Beast Instagram Scott Vivian Instagram Scott Vivian Twitter Beast Doughnuts Instagram

65 MIN2017 NOV 29
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Richie Nakano of Hapa Ramen featuring Scott Vivian of Beast

Demon Chef Alvin Leung of Bo Innovation

EThe Demon Chef Alvin Leung is in Toronto filming Season 5 of MasterChef Canada. Alex Ross chats with the 3-star Michelin chef about growing up watching the Toronto Maple Leafs, the origins of his Demon Chef moniker, and his love of Detective Columbo. While back home, catch Alvin cooking for his Toronto friends and family at his first Canadian restaurant, R&D (Rebel & Demon) with MasterChef Season 1 winner Eric Chong on November 22nd and 23rd, 2017. Get your tickets to Four Hands Dinner with Chefs Alvin Leung & Eric Chong – Nov 22 & 23 R&D Restaurant MasterChef Canada The Demon Chef on Twitter Bo Innovation Website

80 MIN2017 NOV 15
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Demon Chef Alvin Leung of Bo Innovation

Joshna Maharaj

EThe Chef of Change, Joshna Maharaj is Canada's answer to culinary community activism. Joshna discusses the Slow Food Movement and her role informing Canadians on how their cities and institutions can change their food choices for a healthier future. Joshna's Brand-New Website Joshna's Socials Twitter Instagram Facebook

106 MIN2017 NOV 1
Comments
Joshna Maharaj

Scott Vivian of Beast

EScott Vivian is the chef and owner of Beast, a restaurant that hides snugly between Toronto's King West and Queen West at 96 Tecumseth. Beast is serving Toronto's best representation of Nose to Tail dining. Scott is clever and humble as Beast has quietly become one of Toronto's most sought-after dining destinations. From their whole animal dinners to their popular brunch menu there's no stopping Scott from putting Beast and Toronto on the global culinary map. Catch San Fransico chef Richie Nakano join Scott Vivian on Tuesday, October 31st for a special 2nd Annual Halloween Ramen Pop-Up at BEAST 96 Tecumseth, Toronto Ontario. Beast Website Beast Instagram Scott's Instagram Scott's Twitter Beast Doughnuts Instagram Richie Nakano Twitter

59 MIN2017 OCT 18
Comments
Scott Vivian of Beast

John Catucci of You Gotta Eat Here!

EJohn Catucci starred in 5 seasons of one of Canada's most popular food and travel programs, You Gotta Eat Here! Now promoting the travel guide, You Gotta Go Here!, John chats about his local hangouts and his favourite experiences on the show. See John perform live with The Doo Wops October 11th for the 16th Annual Accent on Toronto Comedy Night! Click For Tickets Where to Buy, You Gotta Go Here! John Cattuci's Twitter The Doo Wops' Twitter

88 MIN2017 OCT 4
Comments
John Catucci of You Gotta Eat Here!

Zane Caplansky

EZane Caplansky is a Toronto culinary icon. A purveyor of quality smoked meat and matching opinions, Zane is not shy to break down the barriers of Toronto's culinary landscape. Zane well-represents Canada having been featured on Top Chef Canada, Dragon's Den, and Food Truck Faceoff. His weekly radio program, "Let's Eat with Zane Caplansky" keeps his finger on the pulse of Toronto's foodie fan base. This is the perfect guest for launching the second season of Speaking Duck. Caplansky's Deli 356 College St and multiple locations Caplansky Twitter & Food Truck Locator Let's Eat with Zane Caplansky on NewsTalk1010

60 MIN2017 SEP 20
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Zane Caplansky
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