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Breaking Bread

Breaking Bread

By Michelle Jobin and Jasmine Baker
Welcome to Breaking Bread, a new dinner table where everyone is invited and nothing is off the table. We’re serving up rich conversations about food, beverage and everything in between with hosts Michelle Jobin and Jasmine Baker. Utilizing their robust connections, your hosts share the stories of some of the most influential chefs, producers, planners, farmers, tastemakers, hospitality icons, and more about the power of breaking bread. Pull up your seat and don’t forget your appetite!
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Breaking Bread with Labora Chef and Owner Rob Bragagnolo
This week, join Michelle and Jasmine for a talk with Rob Bragagnolo, chef and owner of Toronto’s Labora Restaurant & Bar. Inspired by Chef Rob’s time in Mallorca, Spain, his restaurant offers simple and rustic Spanish cuisine. Rob talks about witnessing a revolution of cooking in Spain, and Michelle recalls the first time she met Rob, who made a lasting impact on her with the first bite of his food. Plus, hear how Rob prioritizes teaching the importance of food to his staff, guests and community. -- Stay up-to-date with Rob and his restaurant, Labora, below: Connect with Rob: @robbragagnolo Labora is open for take-out and delivery: @laborarestaurant Wanna hear more from your hosts? Follow us below! Michelle Jobin on Instagram: @michelle.jobin Jasmine Baker on Instagram: @jasminebakerlife
55:49
November 26, 2020
Breaking Bread with Charlie's Burgers founder Franco Stalteri
This week, Michelle and Jasmine sit down with Franco Stalteri, founder of Toronto’s underground dining experience Charlie’s Burgers. Franco and Charlie's Burgers have collaborated with chefs recognized by The World's 50 Best Restaurants, the Michelin Guide and Relais & Châteaux in eight different countries around the world. Just seven years ago, Charlie's Burgers launched “The CB Wine Program,” sending beloved members different wines to try out every month. Hear how the popular program adapted to fill the need of wine lovers staying at home this summer due to the pandemic. Plus, listen as Franco tells the heartwarming story of how the restaurant industry is ultimately about one spectacular thing – people. -- Wanna hear more from your hosts? Follow us below! Michelle Jobin on Instagram: @michelle.jobin Jasmine Baker on Instagram: @jasminebakerlife Find Franco, Charlie’s Burgers and new flavors for your next wine night: Instagram, Twitter and Facebook: @charliesburgers
01:02:11
November 12, 2020
Breaking Bread with Top Chef Canada winner and Richmond Station owner Carl Heinrich
Michelle and Jasmine hang out with Carl Heinrich, winner of Food Network’s Top Chef Canada, Carl Heinrich. Carl is the executive chef and co-owner of Richmond Station, a neighbourhood restaurant in the heart of Toronto. Focusing on hospitality both inside and outside of Richmond Station, Carl and his team work with a talented team of passionate farmers and other members of the community to keep his restaurant busy. Find out more about how his team is now taking their learnings to a larger scale, hoping to expand environmental and community sustainment in the hospitality industry. Plus, hear why Carl lives by the principles of good food, family, and taking care of each other. -- Check out Chef Heinrich’s work: Richmond Station is open: @richmondstation The New Farm is here: @thenewfarm Wanna hear more from your hosts? Follow us below! Michelle Jobin on Instagram: @michelle.jobin Jasmine Baker on Instagram: @jasminebakerlife
58:59
October 29, 2020
Breaking Bread with Canada Thai Select Ambassador and Restaurateur Nuit Regular
Michelle and Jasmine chat with Nuit Regular, the first Thai Select Ambassador for Canada, in this week’s episode. Born in northern Thailand, Nuit started cooking at a young age. She moved to Canada in 2006 after meeting and marrying her husband Jeff, and has become a staple in Canadian Thai cuisine. But it wasn’t an easy process settling here, and Nuit discusses the road to becoming more than a chef, working her way to being a guest judge on Masterchef Canada and a current judge on Food Network Canada’s Wall of Chefs. Plus, hear about Nuit and Jeff’s steep uphill battle balancing life as restaurateurs and parents, and adjusting to living in Toronto with her family. -- Learn more about the executive chef and co-owner of PAI, Kiin, By Chef Nuit Pop-up, Sabai Sabai, and Sukho Thai: Nuit Regular on Instagram: @chefnuitregular PAI: https://www.instagram.com/paitoronto/ Kiin: https://www.instagram.com/kiintoronto/ By Chef Nuit Pop-up: https://www.instagram.com/bychefnuit/ Sabai Sabai: https://www.instagram.com/sabaisabaito/ Sukho Thai: https://www.instagram.com/sukhothaifood/ Wanna hear more from your hosts? Follow us below! Michelle Jobin on Instagram: @michelle.jobin Jasmine Baker on Instagram: @jasminebakerlife
50:53
October 15, 2020
Breaking Bread with The Hunter Chef Michael Hunter
This week, Michelle and Jasmine sit down with the “The Hunter Chef” himself, Michael Hunter, and talk about his personal relationship with food, his connection to the wild and what it means to truly celebrate local. Hear about Michael’s first foray into the hunter-forager lifestyle and get to know what it was like getting kitchen experience in his early years, before heading off to the Humber College Apprenticeship Chef Program. Plus, hear about the challenges and triumphs of sourcing food for a restaurant locally. -- Learn more The Hunter Chef: Michael Hunter on Instagram: @thehunterchef Antler is open for curbside, dine-in or take out: antlerkitchenbar.com Wanna hear more from your hosts? Follow us below! Michelle Jobin on Instagram: @michelle.jobin Jasmine Baker on Instagram: @jasminebakerlife
37:01
October 01, 2020
Breaking Bread with Food Entrepreneur, Restaurateur and Author Trevor Lui
This week, Michelle and Jasmine sit down with the “Hospitality Hero” Trevor Lui, and chat about his career journey, deciding to walk away from a corporate job and break the bread for his passion – cooking. Hear about how the social and racial movements impacting the world right now are shaping the future of cultural understanding, and how food could be the key to bringing people together. Plus, hear Trevor’s own childhood memories of his dad making food dance on the wok line in his restaurant, and how his own kids are now inspiring him to do better every day. -- Wanna hear more from your hosts? Follow us below! Michelle Jobin on Instagram: @michelle.jobin Jasmine Baker on Instagram: @jasminebakerlife Learn more about Trevor’s talent agency supporting BIPOC work: The Quell Agency: quellnow.com Trevor Lui on Instagram: @trevorlui Pre-order “The Double Happiness” by Trevor Lui: highbellgroup.com
01:01:05
September 17, 2020
Breaking Bread with Award-winning Chef and Restaurateur Alida Solomon
Michelle and Jasmine dive deep this week with award-winning chef and restaurateur Alida Solomon. After working in Tuscany for six years, Alida brought her vast knowledge and wild fascination of Italian gastronomy directly to Toronto – opening her own restaurant, Tutti Matti in 2002. Hear from Alida on truly breaking the bread, defying gender gaps as one of only a few women chefs and restaurant owners in Canada. Plus, Alida talks about how she and her staff are taking steps to ensure equality happens from top to bottom in the restaurant business. Tune in! - Wanna hear more from your hosts? Follow us below! Michelle Jobin on Instagram: @michelle.jobin Jasmine Baker on Instagram: @jasminebakerlife Learn more about how Eden and Black Foodie are connecting Canadians to Black stories, culture, traditions and flavor: Jasmine’s Italian girlfriend on Instagram: @alidasolomon Tutti Matti is open for takeout, curbside pickup and patio seating: tuttimatti.com
01:00:51
September 10, 2020
Breaking Bread with Black Foodie founder Eden Hagos
This week, Michelle and Jasmine chat with Eden Hagos, the founder of Black Foodie – an exploration of food through a Black lens, spotlighting the best of African, Caribbean and Southern cuisine. Also, hear about how the conversation around Black food goes beyond just ingredients and taste – including talk about microaggressions like restaurant employee handbooks banning certain hairstyles and clothing. Plus, get fantastic suggestions for Toronto’s best African, Caribbean and Southern food from the Black Foodie expert. Check it out! - Wanna hear more from your hosts? Follow us below! Michelle Jobin on Instagram: @michelle.jobin Jasmine Baker on Instagram: @jasminebakerlife Learn more about how Eden and Black Foodie are connecting Canadians to Black stories, culture, traditions and flavor: Founder of Black Foodie, Eden Hagos on Instagram: @edenthefoodie Black Foodie on Instagram: @blackfoodie.co Visit Black Foodie: www.blackfoodie.co
32:32
August 27, 2020
Breaking Bread with Food and Travel Writer Diala Canelo
After moving to Montreal in 1995, Diala Canelo’s real obsession with food began after immersing herself into the vibrant cultural food scene. With over 600 cookbooks and more magazine clippings than you can count, Diala decided to begin traveling the world learning different food-preparation techniques from cities like Barcelona, Paris, Melbourne, Mexico City, Florence, and Santo Domingo. Travel through Diala’s journey from building an Instagram community of more than 140k followers, to releasing her first printed vegetable-forward, pescatarian-friendly cookbook in this week’s episode. Plus, dive into the rising conflict of whitewashing food, and how cultural credit is necessary to the conversation around food innovation. Don’t miss out! - Wanna hear more from your hosts? Follow us below! Michelle Jobin on Instagram: @michelle.jobin Jasmine Baker on Instagram: @jasminebakerlife Learn more about how culture and food intersect from our guest: Cookbook Author Diala Canelo on Instagram: @dialaskitchen Get “Diala’s Kitchen” here: dialaskitchen.com/cookbook/
38:53
August 13, 2020
Breaking Bread with Patois owner and chef Craig Wong
Growing up in a Jamaican-Chinese household, Craig Wong was afforded a unique childhood in Toronto — it’s no wonder why he now specializes in Carribean-Asian soul food. After learning how to cook from his girlfriend (and now wife!), Craig found himself breaking bread across the globe, working his way up from a beginner to working in Michelin-starred restaurants in France and the United Kingdom. Plus, learn how Craig’s restaurant family bounced back from tragedy, and how Covid-19 has affected the hospitality industry worldwide. Don’t miss hearing from the culinary expert in merging great food with various cultures in Episode 2! - Wanna hear more from your hosts? Follow us below! Michelle Jobin on Instagram: @michelle.jobin Jasmine Baker on Instagram: @jasminebakerlife Learn more about how culture and food intersect from our guest: Chef Craig Wong on Instagram: @craigwong Get to know Craig: http://www.chefcraigwong.com/about
30:24
August 06, 2020
Breaking Bread with Maître Fromager and Bestselling Author Afrim Pristine
In the inaugural episode of Breaking Bread, Michelle Jobin and Jasmine Baker sit down with Afrim Pristine, the co-owner of what Michelle dubs, “The Happiest Place In The World,” the Cheese Boutique in Toronto, Canada. Hear from Afrim about how cheese brings people together, becoming the youngest Maître Fromager (or master cheese maker) at 32-years-old, and growing up in an immigrant family trying to break the bread on Bloor Street in the most populous city in the country. Plus, get a sneak peek at Afrim’s upcoming docu-series on Food Network and take an insider’s look at the brains behind “For The Love Of Cheese,” Afrim’s bestselling cookbook. You won’t want to miss this one! - Wanna hear more from your hosts? Follow us below! Michelle Jobin on Instagram: @michelle.jobin Jasmine Baker on Instagram: @jasminebakerlife Learn more about all things cheese from our guest: Master Cheese Maker Afrim Pristine: @afrimpristine Get Afrim's “For The Love Of Cheese” here!
43:18
July 06, 2020