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The Chef's Domain

A visual and culinary delight, each episode of The Chef’s Domain follows a chef's odyssey as they search for the local ingredients needed for the ultimate field to table feast.
Every great chef dreams of sourcing their ingredients just outside their back door. But in this country, depending on the time of year, they can have their work cut out for them.
In this 18 part series, our acclaimed chefs from across the country are up for the challenge. With the clock ticking, they must race to find the freshest possible ingredients available while grappling with short growing seasons, torrential rains, hurricanes and early snowfalls. For them, the Canadian climate and landscape are equal parts challenge and inspiration. These chefs have to improvise based on what they have found (or couldn't find) and then create a memorable and inventive locally based dinner. The Chef’s Domain celebrates the beauty and bounty of Canada through the culinary talents of its chefs.

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Episode Guide
Episode 1: Vancouver
Vikram Vij

We follow Vancouver’s Chef Vikram Vij and his wife Meeru Dhalwala as the married couple cook together professionally for the first time in years.  Their love for local food is evident as they as they gather ingredients, from juniper beer to butter chicken sausages.  Hopefully they can keep a lid on their differences and share the stove.

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Episode 2: Montreal
Chef Nancy Hinton

At À la Table des Jardins Sauvages, just outside Montreal, the menus are based on seasonally available wild ingredients prepared by Chef Nancy Hinton. We follow her as she prepares the annual Spring Fiddlehead Menu, learning what is integral to Nancy’s success as she celebrates the revitalization of the countryside.

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Calgary, Alberta
Episode 3: Calgary, Alberta
Scott Pohorelic

In the heart of Calgary, Chef Scott Pohorelic presides over the River Café. Featuring local organic Canadian cuisine, he uses suppliers whose methods of farming and ranching honour the land. We travel with Scott as he struggles to ensure his wife will be completely surprised by an anniversary feast fit for a queen.

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Episode 4: Ottawa
Michael Moffatt

Chef Michael Moffatt is on a mission to overhaul his hometown of Ottawa’s culinary reputation. Creating a dinner for customers and suppliers, he begins with a menu, but his mind is changed by the innovative offerings of his suppliers. With these last-minute changes, will Mike be able to pull off a meal that impresses both the customers and the suppliers he has just visited?

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St. Johns
Episode 5: St. Johns
Tak Ishiwata

Chef Tak Ishiwata, in celebration of his Newfoundland restaurant’s third anniversary, is on a quest for a great menu as he joins the local distillery for an iceberg harvest, and fishes for tuna, reviving his wonder for the locale where he was born and raised.

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Episode 6: Toronto
Ted Corrado and Nathan Isberg

Chef Ted Corrado of The Royal Ontario Museum’s restaurant C5 has developed the Green Gastronomy series to spotlight local food producers.  For this dinner, Chef Corrado has paired with guest chef Nathan Isberg. Ted and Nathan used to cook together, but each has evolved a different style.  We travel with them to celebrate the best of what Ontario has to offer.

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Sooke, BC
Episode 7: Sooke, BC
Edward Tuson

At work, Chef Edward Tuson is a traditional chef.  But once in a while, he steps out of that world for an improvisational event - one of his barn dinners famous in Sooke. There is no menu until Edward has visited his suppliers and gathered what he can.  He has just two “days off” to figure it all out, and get his dinner on the table.

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Episode 8: Halifax
Chef Ray Bear

Nova Scotia culinary superstar Chef Ray Bear is pursuing his dream of establishing a farm/vineyard and a signature restaurant, Bear. But snags have left him with a high-profile guest list for the opening – and no restaurant. He must relocate the event to the farm, but with a lack of proper facilities and a modest kitchen, can Chef Bear pull off an impressive party?

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Episode 9: Tofino
Chefs Nicholas Nutting and Matt Wilson
With tourism down in Tofino, Wickaninnish Inn Chef Nicholas Nutting and Pastry Chef Matt Wilson are charged with creating a dinner party for influential travel writers to get the word out. View Show
Prince Edward County
Episode 10: Prince Edward County
Chef Matt DeMille
Chef Matt DeMille left Toronto for a new challenge in Prince Edward Country but how will the locals receive his experimental menu? View Show
Episode 11: Montreal
Chef Emma Cardarelli
Chef Emma Cardarelli has wowed Montreal but how will she fare with a group of esteemed European winemakers coming to check her restaurant out? View Show
Episode 12: Saskatoon
Chef Christie Peters
Young chef, former model and hot new restaurant owner Christie Peters, along with her co-chef Kyle Michael is throwing a head-to-tail pig feast for her customers, a risk because her restaurant usually serves largely vegetarian fare. View Show
Episode 13: Niagara
Chef Stephen Treadwell
Chef Stephen Treadwell is hosting “The Pinot Affair,” a dinner featuring extraordinary pinot noirs from Niagara vineyards and must impress his VIP guest list. View Show
Episode 14: Okanagan
Chefs Dana Ewart and Cameron Smith
Renowned caterers Dana Ewart and Cameron Smith throw a 25-mile limit feast for the growers and suppliers that have made their company a success. View Show
St. John's
Episode 15: St. John's
Chef Jeremy Charles
Chef Jeremy Charles and sommelier Jeremy Bonia, owners of the award winning Raymonds go the extra mile to prep for a locally based feast for the second anniversary of the restaurant View Show
Episode 16: Sherbrooke
Chef Danny St. Pierre
Food-scene golden boy and media darling Danny St Pierre plans a locavore ‘Quebecois Oktoberfest’ to highlight his connection to the townships and his customers. View Show
Episode 17: Calgary
Chef Hayato Okamitsu
Award winning Executive chef and teacher Hayato Okamitsu saddles up and guides his students as they prepare to make a dinner designed to impress restaurant owners and critics. View Show
Episode 18: Cambridge
Chef Jonathan Gushue
Chef Jonathan Gushue prepares a Harvest Dinner with the help of Newfoundland- based master chef Todd Perri despite a hurricane on the way. View Show