We asked Chef Bryan Cruz of The Marc to answer 10 rapid-fire questions to get his take French Cuisine.

Name: The Marc Restaurant

Location: Alberta

Year opened: 2010

Chef name: Bryan Cruz

Type of cuisine: Modern French Bistro

Signature dishes: Steak Tartare, Entrecote and Frite with Foie Gras Butter, Beignet

Signature drink: The Marc – Glenmorangie, Martini Bianco, Amaretto and Lemon Juice

Most memorable kitchen mishap: Letting the stock simmer too high overnight and coming into a very smoky restaurant in the early AM narrowly avoiding a potential disaster.

Three lessons learnt:

  1. Pay attention to every detail, no matter how big or small
  2. You’re only as good as your last service.
  3. Never stop learning.

Cooking motto: Work smart, not hard and aim to improve each service.

Everyone knows that August or better yet, summer, is the best time to have a picnic. And arguably no one knows more about creating the perfect pique-nique than the French, and a key component of a successful outing is paying attention to the preparation.

The most important part is your basket. If it’s packed full of the essentials like pickles, cured meats, creamy cheese, some good crusty bread, and a little chocolate for dessert—you’ll be sure to have a great picnic experience. So grab a blanket, find a quiet spot, pop open a nice bottle of rosé and start celebrating the last days of summer!

– Chef Bryan Cruz of The Marc

Try one of these tasty recipes at you next picnic:

Appetizer: Cured Salmon

Salmon Crostini 1

Main: Herb-Marinated Bavette

Bavette 1

Dessert: Apple Tart  & Drink: French Gimlet