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Canada has amazing food and an underrated culinary scene. Full stop.

From the West Coast to the East Coast, it has an abundance of fresh ingredients, talented chefs, dedicated producers and farmers, impressive restaurants and a curious crowd of foodies who can’t get enough.

Hosted by writers Emma Waverman and Phil Wilson, this weekly podcast explores aspects of the Canadian food scene through lively conversation and interviews with Canadians from coast-to-coast.

We're more than just maple syrup.

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    • 4.9, 18 Ratings

Canada has amazing food and an underrated culinary scene. Full stop.

From the West Coast to the East Coast, it has an abundance of fresh ingredients, talented chefs, dedicated producers and farmers, impressive restaurants and a curious crowd of foodies who can’t get enough.

Hosted by writers Emma Waverman and Phil Wilson, this weekly podcast explores aspects of the Canadian food scene through lively conversation and interviews with Canadians from coast-to-coast.

We're more than just maple syrup.

    Discussing the idea of post-pandemic dining and Top Chef Canada's "Restaurant Wars"

    Discussing the idea of post-pandemic dining and Top Chef Canada's "Restaurant Wars"

    Phil Wilson chatting with special guest co-hosts Fiona Odlum of CBC Saskatoon and Eat North's Dan Clapson about the "what ifs" of post-pandemic dining. Will drive-in experiences make a resurgence? Odlum throws back to 30+ years ago when A&W offered "in-car" dining of sorts that even included a mini fork for your fries.

    From there, the three discuss if the pandemic has improved their skills as a home cook and why choosing good quality canned tomatoes over out-of-season fresh ones is always the way to go.

    Wilson leads the chat about Top Chef Canada as he shares his thoughts on last night's episode and who he thinks will be in the shows finale in a few weeks. Odlum and Clapson bring up their love of drag performers while insisting the two drag queens that appeared on the fifth episode of Top Chef Canada season eight were under-utilized.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    The downside to delivery apps and how Top Chef Canada has found its stride

    The downside to delivery apps and how Top Chef Canada has found its stride

    It's been a couple of weeks since Emma Waverman and Phil Wilson dissected the Top Chef Canada season 8 premiere, and the two are back again this week to catch up on recent episodes and talk food news.

    First up, related to Foodora Canada's announcement of withdrawl from the Canadian market, our co-hosts speculate it could be something more than simply not being a "leader" in the food delivery app field. From there, Emma and Phil discuss the downside to using apps like SkipTheDishes, Uber Eats and DoorDash as they all take a large percentage of revenue from restaurants.

    TL;DR: order and pick up directly from the restaurant when you can, instead of opting for a delivery app. It will save your local independent restaurants a ton of money.

    Then, the two share their love of sour cream and how it can be utilized at home, and their collective hate of powdered parmesan–both topics covered in Dan Clapson's recent "Making the most of..." columns. In the end, they're just happy people are cooking more at home.

    The conversation moves onto Top Chef Canada. Now that the season is three episodes in, the remaining chef contestants are really coming into their own. One in particular, Jo Notkin, had quite a moment last night on the show, or as Phil and Emma like to call episode three, "The Jo Show".

    Emma, who was at the taping of that episode, shares her thoughts on the production from behind the scenes. That "Jewelbox" brownie by Jo Notkin though!

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Supporting Canada's #TakeOutDay initiative and dissecting Top Chef Canada season 8

    Supporting Canada's #TakeOutDay initiative and dissecting Top Chef Canada season 8

    We've got Top Chef Canada on our minds lately and so do our podcast hosts, Emma Waverman and Phil Wilson. After all, it is why we started this podcast in the first place back in 2018.

    Before dissecting the new cast of chefs and last night's premiere episode, the two chat in detail about types of flour–the "it" ingredient of the current pandemic–why it's important to understand their differences and why you can't substitute one for another when baking certain things at home.

    After a glutenous conversation and a comprehensive look at the first episode of Top Chef Canada season eight where Waverman and Wilson both identify Stephanie Ogilvie and Francis Blais as frontrunners, they talk about the new national movement #TakeOutDay which officially kicks off tomorrow.

    • 39 min
    Bread baking during a pandemic and tips on cooking beef at home

    Bread baking during a pandemic and tips on cooking beef at home

    We're back with a new podcast epispode and this week, co-hosts Emma Waverman and Phil Wilson are covering everything from people flour hoarding to a great new national campaign called #SaveHospitalityCA that sees restaurateurs from across the country banding together to lobby for support for the restaurant industry from all levels of government during the pandemic.

    Since we're going to be stuck at home for the coming weeks, Emma and Phil are starting to focus on one ingredient per episode and then diving deep into how they love to cook it and providing some tips for people at home. First up? Canadian beef.

    Ever heard of a "Miami rib" cut before? How about a "Juicy Lucy"? Phil and Emma will fill you in on these lesser known beef terms. Learn something new everyday, right?

    Dan Clapson also sits down to chat with Jill Harvie about her cattle ranch operation in Alberta and misconceptions when it comes to sustainability and raising cattle.

    • 57 min
    Getting reacquainted with your kitchen, favourite cookbooks and the new normal

    Getting reacquainted with your kitchen, favourite cookbooks and the new normal

    Like everyone else, we're cooking a lot more our homes, dusting off some of our favourite cookbooks and making time for new baking projects. For Emma Waverman, that's sourdough, for her co-host Phil Wilson, that's tater tot waffles for her co-host Phil Wilson, and for guest Dan Clapson, it's a batch of brownies. The three chat about how they are looking at their pantry cupboards in a whole new light these days.

    Naturally, the trio discuss the current effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Canadian restaurant industry and the workers who make it tick, as well as individuals in the industry going out of their way to help others during uncertain times. From there, they pivot to a short and heart-warming chat about an Edmonton chef and his wife, Steve and Lourdes Brochu, on cooking their way through a cookbook Julie & Julia-style and a discussion about how food media--influencers in particular--may have to adapt to the sudden irrelevance of restaurant or "food porn" social accounts due to social distancing.

    • 44 min
    Celebrating women chefs on International Women's Day and every day

    Celebrating women chefs on International Women's Day and every day

    Emma Waverman and Phil Wilson kick off this week’s episode of the More Than Maple Syrup podcast with a brand-new segment called “What’s in a Name?” The duo are joined by Fifendekel owner Jacquie Fenske, who, as the series’ title suggests, provides an origin story for the uniquely-named restaurant.

    Next, Waverman and Wilson jump into the main topic of this week’s episode, International Women’s Day. After our hosts briefly discuss the state of equality in Canada’s culinary scene, we hear from a prolific panel of Canadian women, who each give a shout-out to the women who’ve impacted them the most.

    Finally, Eat North co-founder Dan Clapson joins the booth remotely from Saskatoon, where he chats with Wall of Chefs celebrity judge and The Hollows and Primal chef-owner, Christie Peters about her stage at Noma, the Prairie food scene, and the importance of International Women’s Day.

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 Ratings

desiree schutlz ,

Finally

Finally a podcast that is touching on Canadian food. Funny hosts!

WanderWoman10 ,

Oh Canada!

Happy that there's a podcast about whats going on in the food scene in Canada. Good range of topics and I love the candid discussion between Wilson & Waverman. Well done.

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