Suzanne Barr’s curry chicken is one lucky dish. In her memoir, My Ackee Tree, the multi-talented chef shares how the Jamaican recipe got her a job, not once, but twice: the first, when she used it to audition to be the private chef of a family in the Hamptons, and the second, when an angel investor at a New York City dinner party was so taken by the meal, he offered Barr $100K to put it on more plates.
Brunch is the service that can break you. In order to keep the hungry crowds moving, the kitchen and floor staff all have to engage in a fast-paced dance. By sunrise, line cooks have already been prepping for more than an hour. Servers are stacking napkins on the table and filling milk containers. The front of house directs traffic, waiters manoeuvring around one another with plates of food before pulling out their pens and pads for the next table.
We love picking the brains of entrepreneurs in industries ranging from fashion to food for our FOUNDERS series. This week, we’re talking to chef, author, and social advocate, Suzanne Barr. Founder of Afro-Caribbean restaurant True True Diner, plus a cookbook and food product line in the works, Barr is a comfort food aficionado advocating for BIPOC and LGBTQ+ communities in Toronto.
Watching The Bear isn’t exactly a pleasant experience. The sounds of the kitchen — the ticking of the clock, the whir of the industrial mixer, the clanging of metal pots, not to mention the constant conversations shouted across sizzling pans — make my brain hurt. I could handle only two episodes at a time. After an hour of watching Carmy (Jeremy Allen White) try to keep his late brother’s struggling restaurant open while managing his late brother’s ornery best friend, Richie…