Here are the recipes from the Burlington Wine Club meeting on June 28, 2018, matched with Kacaba Wines. Enjoy!
Enjoy being a guest in your own home, delighted by a customized gourmet meal and pampered by the attentive service. Your only task is to open the wine, or if you prefer pour the cocktails and leave the details to Chef Mike. Not sure which wines to pair with your menu - Chef Mike has plenty of suggestions!
Begin with appetizers as your guests arrive and then savour the aromas coming from your kitchen as the evening unfolds. As you linger over dessert Chef Mike takes care of the dishes, packages any leftovers and leaves you to finish the evening at your leisure.
Chef Mike came to cooking later in life than most, making the leap from skilled amateur to cooking professional in his late thirties. Before that, he spent several years in manufacturing, making everything from elevator parts to barbecues. When his partner, Marilyn, was offered a two-year contract in Melbourne, Australia, Mike had a unique opportunity to consider a new career direction.
"The range of tastes, flavours and influences in Australian cuisine captivated me almost immediately and helped me to make my decision."
Mike attended the Box Hill Institute of Trades and Further Education (TAFE), home of the top cooking school in Melbourne, graduating at the top of his class.
"The Australians take their food and drink seriously and expect a high standard of cuisine. School was exciting and challenging, and in the end, well worth the effort."
Mike completed his training as Marilyn's contract came to an end. They wrapped up their adventure by touring the South Pacific and sampling food and drink from Australia, New Zealand and Fiji. Returning to Canada in Spring 2004, they settled in Burlington and Mike launched a Personal Chef business. After many media appearances he soon became 'Burlington's Celebrity Chef'.