Carl Heinrich, Richmond Station

Celebrating the silver 25th anniversary of this spectacular food event in support of Second Harvest, Toronto Taste proved once again to be a spectacular food lover’s event which took place again at the beautiful lakeside Corus Quay venue on Sunday, June 7th, 2015.

The beloved giant Chef Michael Smith came out for the special occasion and he featured oysters from Prince Edward Island to make Bloody Mary oysters, personally serving them for guests while also obliging to photo opportunities.

Chef Michael Smith with his Bloody Mary oysters

Chef Michael Smith with his Bloody Mary oysters

 

Other food celebrities who came out to support included John Catucci, Roger Mooking, Bob Blumer among many others. And let’s not forget the rest Even Sex and the City’s Kim Cattral made an appearance.

There were many, many delectable treats to try. In fact, too many for one person to try.

Seared ahi tuna with asian slaw on black slider buns by Ace Bakery

Seared ahi tuna with asian slaw on black slider buns by Ace Bakery

 

Whitefish, wild leek soubise, pickled vegetables, mushroom crumb by Chef Eric Wood, Maple Leaf Tavern

Whitefish, wild leek soubise, pickled vegetables, mushroom crumb by Chef Eric Wood, Maple Leaf Tavern

 

Ceviche by Kasa Moto

Ceviche by Kasa Moto

 

One of the many popular dishes everyone was raving about was the Arctic Char Crudo from Rob Gentile’s award-winning Buca restaurant.

Arctic Char Crudo by Buca Restaurant

Arctic Char Crudo by Buca Restaurant

 

With Roger Mooking as emcee, there was the annual Toronto Taste Chef Challenge culinary competition with Devan Rajkumar (Food Dudes), Adam Oliveira (Spoke Club), Matt Basile. These tough competitors had only 30 minutes to come up with a dish with 4 mystery ingredients including bitter melon. Ultimately the panel of four judges chose dish from The Spoke Club’s Adam Oliviera as the winner.

Adam Oliveira, The Spoke Club wins the Toronto Taste Chef Challenge

Adam Oliveira, The Spoke Club wins the Toronto Taste Chef Challenge

 

Congrats to everyone involved at this year’s Toronto Taste 2015 event on raising $850,000 for Second Harvest. That works out to 1,700,000 meals through Second Harvest’s food rescue program.

By the numbers it was the most successful Toronto Taste to date. Congrats to Second Harvest on continuing a successful food rescue program for local communities in need.

torontotaste2015-bythenumbers
 

For more information about Second Harvest visit www.secondharvest.ca

Photos by Nick Lee

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