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Ep 002 | The love of food & hospitality with Kyla Kennaley
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In this episode of the Culinary Chronicles Podcast, Lisa talks with Kyla.
In this episode of the Culinary Chronicles Podcast, Lisa talks with Kyla. Kyla Kennaley is a Canadian Pastry Chef judge on The Great Canadian Baking Show, Food Lover, Learning and Development for Food and Beverage Teams for Luxury UK Venues and The Royal Household. She now lives in the UK but grew up in rural Ontario surrounded by small farms in the lakeside country.
The owner of Madeleines Cherry Pie and Ice Cream in Toronto and expansion of a wholesale production kitchen catering business. Success for Kyla comes from the understanding that the combination of art and science in baking is really a microcosm of all things. She is currently focusing time and research on the concept of flavour. How something tastes depends on your experiences and memories, your chemistry and your biology. Her goal is to map out the patterns behind the way the question, How does it taste, is answered.
In their conversation, expect to hear;
- How she transitioned from business owner to TV show host
- What her entertainment career as a judge has been like
- What her relationship with food was like growing up and now.
- What her best food experiences have been like, with her exciting life of travel
- Why it is her passion to understand the concept of flavour
**Links mentioned in this episode:**
- Visit Kyla’s website www.kylakennaley.com
- See over on Instagram @kylakennaley
- Stubbe chocolate -maker of the sacher torte link
- Sacher torte recipe on CBC link
- What is lovage - link to definition
- Frescobaldis -in London has a restaurant tucked just off Regent Street; go for alfresco dining (indoors looks like a terrace for rainy nights) classic Italian dishes, and light and airy Mille feuille prepared tables idea
- Marylebone Brasserie 108 after an afternoon of shopping in Marylebone it is the perfect place to unwind. A cl4assic martini and a plate of oysters. I like that they tell you about the farms where they get their produce.
- Speaking of oysters....Bibendum in the Old Michelin Building. I stumbled upon it while "getting lost" on one of my first visits to look for a place to live and I knew I found my home. Classic Dover Sole, regional oysters and fabulous staff!
- Rules...if you can't wait for a reservation, go straight up to the bar on the top floor. Suddenly you are having a British Colonial experience lounging on rattan furniture and drinking champagne under the palm trees...without the heat and wild animals.
- The Clifton. I didn't know it before "the renovation" but it is my local and I love to enjoy a Sunday Roast in the conservatory....I highly recommend the plant-based "roast" but with the beef-dripping gravy. Make a meal of the terrine and soup and save room for classic sticky toffee pudding and a little whiskey to wash it down.
- Elizabeth Street for bakeries;
- Polaine for French bread. You can pick up the flour or buy the loaves already made!
- Borough Market best for ingredients; and well-curated food stalls; my fave is Ginger Pig for classic British hand-raised pies
- Santa Nata for freshly made pastis da nata; you can almost taste how close we are to Lisbon. It may be a chain, but doing one thing very very well.
- Daylesford Organics. Eat in or take away. Delicious jellies and preserves.
- Oysterman in Covent Gardens. They closed the street off to cars and now have outdoor space to enjoy your seafood platter. Excellent selection of fresh oysters and shellfish.
- F&M for afternoon tea to celebrate the Queens Platinum Jubilee
- Dark Sugar in Grenwich. Tree to tummy
- Cadogan Arms for rhubarb triffle. Because rhubarb season starts in Feb here!
- Dukes Bar...for ONE martini
- Ottolenghi...because we can.
- Cakes and Bubbles for authentic Basque Cheesecake, and because it is the closest I will get to El Buli and who is kidding whom...the champagne!
- L'Eto. Another chain but their little tarts piled high with fresh fruit are worth a stop.
- London Chocolate shop. A new discovery to explore!
- Seashells for fish and chips. You can smell it down the street.
- Veraswami for classic Indian and the best view of Regent Street.
- Brat 1 Michelin Shoreditch potatoes
- El Pirata oldest tapas bar in London
- Sabor: haven't been yet Portuguese
- El Pirata oldest tapas bar in London
- KAZU Fizrovia for sushi is our favourite
- TEMPUR all meat
- Wollsley on Piccadilly for liver
- Dorchester Hotel Promenade, rooftop or China Tang (dim sum)
- PARC chinois Burlesque show
- RITU Indian
- The Botanist Sloan Square
- Abd el Wahab on Pont St for real Lebanese
- Rika Moon
Special thanks to our sponsors, Juli's Cookie Company and Le Dolci Culinary Classroom.