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Derek Minkensky

Host: Derek Minkensky

Born and raised in southern Ontario, Derek is a self- trained Chef who began his culinary journey in a backwoods of western New York. Here he spent his childhood summers hunting, fishing, growing vegetables and preparing food with his grandparents as they imparted upon him their back to the land philosophies. He carries these ideals with him in all that he cooks, understanding that the best dishes come from an intimate knowledge of ones ingredients, where they originate and how they are traditionally prepared. Having worked in some of the top restaurants in Toronto Derek now combines his respect for simple time-honored food preparation with influences from South America, Asia, Western Europe and North Africa. For Derek, cooking began as an expression of love and respect for his family and the land in which he grew up. He remembers this even when cooking for a dining room of over a hundred guests or revamping restaurants with the Food Network.


Daily Dish

  • Apple Butter Cookies

    Apple Butter Cookies

  • Dijon Baked Chicken with Rice and Broccoli

    Dijon Baked Chicken with Rice and Broccoli

  • Pan Roasted Chicken Breasts with Speedy Pan Sauce

    Pan Roasted Chicken Breasts with Speedy Pan Sauce

  • Ravioli with Squash and Mascarpone

    Ravioli with Squash and Mascarpone

  • Roasted Garlic Vegetable Tart

    Roasted Garlic Vegetable Tart

  • The Better Butter Chicken

    The Better Butter Chicken

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