Chatting with the Food Network Canada star and cookbook author
Best known as the host of Chef Abroad and Chef at Home on Food Network Canada (and airing in more than 100 other countries), Chef Michael Smith is also an award-winning cookbook author and newspaper columnist, a sustainability advocate, the unofficial spokesperson for Canadian growers and producers and the official food ambassador for his home province, Prince Edward Island. As a celebrity chef he holds many roles, but his favourite is Dad—cooking at home for his partner, Chastity, her daughter, Ariella (four), his son, Gabriel (10) and their new daughter, Camille (three months).
The best tips for cooking this Maritime classic
Lobster has a surprising history. You wouldn’t think that the luxurious, expensive addition to the steakhouse repertoire was once considered a low-class food — but it was. Because of the overabundance of lobster in New England in the early days of founding America, only the poor or those in jail ate this humble crustacean. In fact, says Gourmet Magazine, there were even laws against feeding lobsters to inmates more than once a week, because “it was thought to be cruel and unusual, like making people eat rats.”