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He's just released a new cookbook too, named after his popular TV show.
Canadian Living: What summer produce can you not wait to cook with?
Chuck Hughes: Quebec strawberries.
CL: What's special about them? What do you usually make with them?
CH: They're sweet, bright red and delicious. For me, in Montreal, they are local, and I try to buy locally as much as possible. I usually go old-school with them and make a really good strawberry shortcake. At my restaurants, we also use them to make drinks.
CL: Do you have any patriotic tattoos?
CH: Does a Canadian lobster count?
CL: It does! Can we take a look?
CL: What's your favourite Canadian band?
CH: The Montreal band Me, Mom and Morgentaler.
CL: Favourite hockey team?
CH: Go Habs!
CL: What's the most noteworthy Canadian restaurant you've eaten at in the past year?
CH: I can't mention just one place, but I love any of the restaurants headed up by the b'ys in St. John's, N.L. -- Raymonds restaurant with Peter Burt and Jeremy Charles, Aqua Kitchen and Bar with Mark McCrowe, and the Chef's inn with todd Perrin.
CL: Which Canadian hero would you love to make dinner for?
CH: Neil Young.
CL: Tell us something most people don't know about you.
CH: I collect stickers during my travels.
CL: Fun! What do you do with them?
CH: They go on the dishwashers at my restaurants. They are very cool dishwashers!
CL: What can readers expect from your newest cookbook?
CH: Some of my favourite recipes from my TV show and a bunch of new ones. There's also a behind-the-scenes look at the people who have helped make me and Garde Manger a success.
CL: What would be on your ultimate Canada Day menu?
CH: I'd go picnic style, with lobster rolls, homemade potato chips, potato salad and Mason jars full of chocolate pots de creÌ€me with maple-caramel marshmallow meringue.
CL: We'll be there. Just tell us when!
|This story was originally titled "Q & A with Chuck Hughes" in the July 2013 issue. |
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