If you enjoy watching these celeb chefs on the big screen, then why not pay them a visit at their restaurants. From contemporary Indian cuisine in Vancouver to hyper-local fare served ocean-side in Prince Edward Island, here are some of the best restaurants owned by celebrities that you can dine at from coast to coast.
Frings (Toronto, ON)
Typically known for his inspired and refined take on various Asian cuisines, Susur Lee and business partner Drake (yes, the rapper) have gone a different direction with this new Toronto hot spot. Fried chicken sliders, braised short ribs and kale Caesar salads are definitely a departure from Lee’s typical scope, but are proving to be popular nonetheless.
There’s somewhat of a celebrity trifecta going on at these two top Montreal eateries. Not only are both owned by all-round nice guy and talented chef, Chuck Hughes, but Top Chef Canada runner-up Danny Smiles runs the kitchen at Bremner. To complete the trio, there’s Hughes’ business partner, actor Tim Rozon who’s known best for his role of Mutt on Schitt’s Creek.
The Inn at Bay Fortune (Bay Fortune, PEI)
Owned by Michael Smith, this quaint inn on the east coast offers beautiful waterfront views, and also a newly conceived menu by the celeb chef and his team, every day of the year. If you get the chance to chat with Smith, he gets exceptionally excited about the focal point of the restaurant, the wood-burning grill, where all of the magic (AKA your dinner) happens.
Jamie’s Italian (Toronto, ON)
Jamie Oliver’s Italian restaurant chain has slowly been peppering the globe over the past few years, with locations in Australia, Ireland and, of course, England. With his first North American location in Toronto, which opened just a few months ago, people in the GTA can now get a little taste of what Oliver has to offer, like crispy-fried ravioli, fresh crab bruschetta and much more.
One Restaurant (Toronto, ON)
With a few restaurants and his own chain of grocery stores under his belt, Mark McEwan keeps busy when he’s not sitting on the the Chopped Canada judging panel. His renowned downtown eatery, One, is a morning-to-night go-to for the business crowd, featuring such breakfast dishes as cinnamon French toast and refined plates of grilled octopus or lamb chops for dinner.
Ruby Watchco (Toronto, ON)
Staying as fresh and local as possible, the menu at Lynn Crawford’s first restaurant changes daily. Any food lover would agree that when you’re left in the capable hands of Crawford and Co-chef Lora Kirk, your dinner will be stellar. If you’re flying out of Pearson any time soon, pop by Hearth, the chef’s newly opened casual eatery located in the domestic flight wing.
Twist by Roger Mooking (Toronto, ON)
Being the first celebrity chef in Toronto to see the opportunity in elevating the airport dining experience, Chopped Canada‘s Roger Mooking opened Twist in 2014, to much applause. Having personally being laid over many times in Pearson, I can speak to the friendliness of the Twist staff, and simple but thoughtful menu. Here you’ll find dishes like fried perogies and chorizo, lamb burger with mint and fennel relish, and more.
Former Chopped Canada judge and also former Dragon’s Den investor Vikram Vij is one of the most well-known restaurant operators on the west coast. In addition to serving up creative takes on Indian curries at Vij’s, or the street food-inspired dishes at My Shanti, Vij also has his own namesake grocery line available in stores.