A Taste of Taste: Chef Geoff Hopgood

Fort York will soon be filled with foodies.

From July 24 to 27, Taste of Toronto will be taking over the historic space to feature the culinary creations of some of the city’s most notable chefs. It marks the North American debut of the world-renowned food festival.

And yes, we’ll be there in all our diet-breaking glory.

But we decided you should probably know some of the chefs who’ll be backing this monumental festival if you want to get a better idea of what you’re in for. So that’s why we’ll be profiling a different one each week leading up to the event. And hey, if knowing a thing or two helps you score free seconds, we’re happy to help. 

We kicked it off last week with Chef Cory Vitiello, the culinary creator behind Toronto staples The Harbord Room and THR & Co. Then it was Anthony Rose of YP hot spots Rose and Sons, Big Crow and Fat Pasha. This week, we learn more about Chef Geoff Hopgood of Roncesvalles Village’s Maritime-inspired Hopgood’s Foodliner

What can we expect to see and taste from you at Taste of Toronto? 
A sampling of very fresh, tasty seafood. Members of our amazing team to serve the crowds lots of ice!

What is the best part about participating in a food and drink festival? 
Getting to know and meet other chefs and restaurants, as well as a good dose of healthy competition.

What is the best part about the Toronto culinary scene? The worst? 
Lots of talented chefs opening restaurants; downside is the talent pool for cooks is very small.

What’s always in your fridge?
Kewpi mayo.

What city or country would you visit/move to for the food alone? 

What’s the biggest mistake you can make as an up-and-coming chef? What lessons have you learned? 
The biggest mistake is forgetting that you can learn something new from anyone.

What makes you come back to a restaurant after a first visit? If it wasn’t all you expected, would you try it again? 
Great service. 

What is your favourite way to spend a Sunday in Toronto? 
Brunch and a family bike ride.

What now closed former Toronto gem (restaurant, store, etc) do you miss the most? 
The Hoof Cafe. 

Who is the most notable person to eat your food? Any celebs, etc? 
Rene Redzepi, and an actor you may have heard of: Ryan Gosling.

Predictions for Toronto’s culinary scene in the next five years? 
More vegetable-focused menus. And pretty much more of everything. 


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