Equal parts patience and know-how, the Teacher is never more excited than when they're showing you how to make their favourite food. You know them: dozens of cookbooks on the shelf, hundreds of tricks and tips in their back pocket – they know the answer to all your cooking queries. Teachers encourage us to take more risks in the kitchen and guide us to becoming better cook.
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Our all-star Teacher is Alex Tso, co-owner of Dundas Park Kitchen. We asked him to tell us why being a Teacher is so important to him.
1. You spend a lot of time in the kitchen with your daughter Lucie. Why is it important for you to teach her how to cook? What have you learned from spending time in the kitchen with her?
Because my wife Melanie and I are very hands-on in our business, Lucie has already spent a lot of time in the kitchen! It's been very natural to want to show her what we do. Cooking food is a great life skill to have, and it's been great to start her off with simple tasks, and watch her master little things. Incrementally, I'd like to continue to show her more cooking techniques and tastes and give her as much of a chance to develop her confidence in making good food. Growing up, I was the friend who cooked for others, and I loved it. Regardless of it being used for professional or non-professional purposes, being a good cook is a very desirable asset for life!
2. Did you have a Teacher growing up?
Many. My relatives and my parents' friends knew that I was into food and cooking early on, so they'd let me watch or take the time to answer my questions about the foods that they were preparing. I also watched tons of cooking shows as a kid — watching the hosts cook a bunch of dishes stuck with me. I always wanted to be the audience member who got to taste!
3. Why is it important for you to support an organization that uses food as a tool to increase physical and mental health and community belonging? What about this approach resonates with you?
It's a no-brainer that good food plays a vital role in setting up your body, both physically and mentally, for success. My whole business is based on this importance. When you're properly fuelled, and you know that you can fuel up again later; it's one less thing to preoccupy yourself with while going about your day. Unfortunately, there's a lot of inequity in this regard, as not everyone is able to access or afford the very tools that would prepare them to meet everyday challenges. As a chef/proprietor, collaborating with organizations like Community Food Centres Canada ensures that we remain conscious to the fact that our industry can work together in a very meaningful way to address issues of food.