According to celebrity chef and Food Network host Michael Smith, the work of Niagara College’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute is capturing national attention.
“The whole country is watching what you’re doing,” he said during a visit to the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus on February 27.
Smith, one of Canada’s best-known chefs, spoke to students and faculty from NC’s culinary programs, as well as select high school students from across southern Ontario.
His message was one of simplicity; he urged the aspiring chefs to focus on the basics and described a cook’s role as one of “gathering, preparing and sharing” food. “We’re a living link between the farmer and the guest,” he said.
A self-proclaimed nutritional activist, Smith spoke of the importance of local food products and the people who produce them.
“Get to know food producers, and it will make you a better cook,” he said. “There’s nothing more powerful than knowing where your food comes from.”
Smith spoke and took questions for more than an hour in the culinary theatre before touring the Wine Visitor + Education Centre and the Niagara College Teaching Brewery.
Smith is host of Chef Michaels Kitchen, Chef Abroad, Chef at Home and Chef at Large seen on Food Network Canada and in more than 100 other countries.
View photos of Smith’s visit here.