From left: Me (Bram Llewellyn), Danny Raposo, Mylene Facchini, Dale Kuda, Christina Menchenton and Narida Mohammed.
This weekend I got to catch up with some of my fellow contestants from MasterChef Canada who live in and around the Toronto area. We had a potluck dinner and drinks Friday night. I made my chorizo, sweet potato and black bean empanadas. Danny didn't bring anything (lol). Not that he meant to come empty handed but we all get busy in our lives sometimes. Mylene made a few things. She made a spaghettini dish with shrimps cooked in white wine, warm caramelized onion and brie crostinis and a Queen Elizabeth Cake. It was a moist, spiced cake with dates and walnuts. Then she poured dulce de leche all over it and topped it with mulled apples and blueberries. It was to die for. I have a picture of the cake before we sliced into it:
Dale brought a delicious penne bake with sausage and fennel in a Mornay sauce.
Christina brought two desserts. She made sumptuous red velvet cupcakes as one.
The other was a Turtle cheesecake spread with chocolate and graham crackers.
Narida made fresh roti and a spicy tomato choka to go with it.
Narida was born in Trinidad. She also has a twin sister, Marida, who is another contestant on the show. I have a personal affinity with Trinidadian food. If you haven't, please check out the food highlights post of my trip to Trinidad & Tobago last year.
Everything was delicious. It is a real honour to be considered within the same group of such great Canadian cooks. If you live in Canada you have to check us out on the show. The show premieres on CTV, Monday January 20th @ 8:00PM EST.
The next day I met up with Mylene and Dale again in downtown Toronto for a sushi lunch. We were joined by two other contestants, Brooke Feldman and Andrew Lawton.
We are all so excited for the show to air. Just a little over a week left of waiting.
Be sure to check out the MasterChef Canada Facebook page to see all of the other contestants who made the top 50 home cooks in Canada. I hope you will all tune in to cheer us on.
More to come so keep checking in!