With Father’s Day fast approaching —  Sunday June 17th to be exact, we asked some real dads in the Foodnetwork.ca and HGTV.ca family what they would like to help celebrate their day.


My husband, dad to Zoe,1, and Oliver,3, has literally been drooling over these beautiful John Boos cutting boards for months. He’s not alone. These handsome boards are a favourite among top chefs including Bobby Flay, who has a round walnut one in his home.  These weighty boards are not only practical, they look goooood. This latest version makes clean up a breeze. You don’t have to worry about lifting these weighty boards for cleaning. You just sweep any unwanted food bits into the fitted pan insert which removes for easy clean up. My husband absolutely LOVES it. Did I mention the boards are reversible? They even make them with slotted knife inserts. ($130- $190 depending on size)

Melissa, manager of Foodnetwork.ca, says her hubby and dad to 2-year-old Hudson, has been eyeing the Big Green Egg despite the fact he just bought a brand new barbecue last summer. He told her he NEEDS the Egg to smoke turkeys. I can’t blame him. People are passionate about their Eggs including Chef David Lee who shared his grilling secrets using, what else, the Big Green Egg. ($600 – $1200 depending on size)
Mia, manager of HGTV.ca, says her hubby and dad to 4-year-old Bella and another on the way in September, is coveting a Cast Iron Skillet from Lodge, America’s oldest family-owned cookware foundry (est. 1896). With proper maintenance, they last forever.  Every self-respecting cook should have one. Unfortunately for Mia’s hubby,  it doesn’t seem to be in the cards for this Father’s Day.  According to Mia, “he’ll be getting exactly the same thing  I received this year for Mother’s Day, which is a big fat nothing!” Actually she used stronger phrasing but I kept it PG for you. ($25 for a cast iron skillet)


Per, husband to Elana, managing editor of HGTV.ca  and dad to Sophie,5, has very refined tastes. So I wasn’t surprised to find out he wants a new set of Mauviel copper pots which is what Laura Calder wanted for Christmas. They’re beautiful, quality pots. Actually I wouldn’t mind a set myself (hint, hint to my hubby if he’s reading).  ($1500 for 7 piece Copper Set)

Online Producer Jessica’s father asked for some sauce and dry rubs from Umami Burger a popular Hollywood joint frequented by Food Network hosts including Giada De Laurentiis, Alton Brown and Ina Garten. Luckily for us, they ship to Canada. ($7.50 – $10 depending on sauce)


What do the dads in your life want for Father’s Day? Please share.