Earlier this summer, Toronto’s CNE fairgrounds were host to the 2012 Festival of Beer. While most visitors came for the brews, the gastronomically inclined had the opportunity to watch some of Canada’s favorite chefs demo a dish or two in the Napolean grill tent.
Amidst the afternoon heat, Top Chef Canada season one alum Rob Rossi casually sipped on an ice-cold glass of Keith’s and kept his cool – even while having to improvise his recipe on the fly. Originally intending to pan fry the scallops, Rossi made a change in plans to grill them directly, which worked out beautifully.
Rob and sous chef Frank Vanditti prepared a dish of grilled scallops on a bed of corn, prosciutto and mushroom, adding cilantro to finish on a whim. The captive audience was filled with home cooks eager for samples (some more intoxicated than others, of course) and fans that came to swoon from the front row in hopes of a photo op after the event. Rossi fielded questions like a pro, the audience asking impressive and intelligent questions through a constant stream of beer.
Want to see Rob Rossi in action? His restaurant Bestellen has an open kitchen!
Jennifer Myers is a Toronto based web designer/art director who loves food, design and travelling.
by Jennifer Myers