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Venison Heart Tartare

by Leung Man 03.16.2014

The venison heart from my fall hunt was sitting patiently in my freezer, waiting for me to come up with a preparation that was both delicious and unfussy. Christmas eve was creeping up though I wanted to share the heart with friends and family, nothing was inspiring me. Thinking back to a carpaccio I had [...]

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Reasons For Leaving

by Jacob Galbraith 09.13.2013

Where I’m from, parts of Vancouver Island that are not Victoria, you can get jobs in kitchens, be called a cook, but you can’t really learn to cook. For that, you need to leave. You can move to the aforementioned capital city, or you can take a boat ride to Vancouver. I middled on the line at [...]

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Weekend Cook – Fancy Pants

by Canucklehead 09.17.2012

You often hear that people who love food have a not so secret desire to be a professional chef. Well I don’t. I know enough about the crazy hours, the gruelling hands on work, and the precarioius finances of restaurants to know that I will never, ever, ever set foot into a professional kitchen. That being [...]

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A Cook Is A Cook

by Jacob Galbraith 10.03.2011

There is a certain unflattering imagery that accompanies the professional label of “cook”: a sad, tired individual wearing a stained apron and a dirty shirt, simultaneously grasping a spatula and a fry basket. “Chef”, however, paints a more favourable picture, and so it makes sense that a large portion of my contemporaries shy away from [...]

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Selling Out – Part 2

by Jacob Galbraith 08.31.2011

(Read “Selling Out – Part 1“) I walked away from the orientation sessions with a comprehensive knowledge of three things: the benefits packages, breakfast pastries, and the peripheral interests of several people I would never speak to again. At the outset I understood that I was signing up for a culture shock, but the environmental [...]

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Selling Out – Part 1

by Jacob Galbraith 08.15.2011

I’m a large doses kind of guy, which isn’t always good. I’m lucking that hard drugs never found their way into my bloodstream, because I’d be the dead kind of drug addict, for sure. I either do something exclusively for years, like obsess over pop punk as an angsty middle class teenager, or pour myself [...]

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Dear Cooking

by Jacob Galbraith 02.25.2011

We were a classic example of “is she really going out with him?”. I was a fresh faced 19 year old at the tail end of the “year off” of school that has always had a way of turning into either a decade or forever; I had yet to be determined. You, on the other [...]

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Honeymooning

by Jacob Galbraith 01.26.2011

So I’ve managed to change some pretty sizable pieces of my life in a short amount of time, among said changes: place of work. The details aren’t gruesome, typical even, but I’ve landed where the grass appeared to be greener only to discover that it is indeed greener… for now. By that I mean that [...]

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The Age of Indigestion

by Jacob Galbraith 01.06.2011

The holiday season for this little line cook, and several others I’m sure, was spent juggling chaos and leisure, alternating between long days of feeding the frenzied and festive masses and taking some time to sit down, drink some wine, and enjoy the presence of people I care about; the bitter is seldom far removed [...]

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Why So Serious?

by Jacob Galbraith 12.02.2010

I remember peering through the clutter of scraped off plates and often burnt pans, from the dish pit to the line, marveling at not only the pace, but also the collective focus of the entire brigade, evidenced primarily by the expressions they wore on their faces; the seemingly impossible combination of a furrowed brow with [...]

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Know Your Enemy

by Jacob Galbraith 11.11.2010

The culinary world is full of vices, some of which you drink, others you smoke, while edible etceteras find themselves filed in the knotted bellies of kitchen folk everywhere. While some cooks find their fingers up to the knuckle in at least one of these pies, I only ever catch a whiff of the one [...]

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Dirty Work

by Jacob Galbraith 10.26.2010

Whoever it was that decided white was the shade of choice for cooks and chefs was clearly a comic genius, because I don’t know a bigger challenge than keeping those whites white while handling the astonishing array of food that shows up through the back door on a daily basis. I’ve been out of whites [...]

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