Why Celebrity Chefs Are Hitting Toronto

Toronto is drawing drawing culinary geniuses to its kitchens like moths to a flame. From New York's David Chang who opened a Momofuku location in 2012 and French chef Daniel Boulud who retooled Cafe Boulud at the tony Four Seasons Hotel earlier this year, to "Iron Chef" sensation Masaharu Morimoto who will open his first Toronto-based concept in the spring and the triple threat of Mario Batali, Joe Bastianich and Lidia Matticchip Bastianich who are aiming to open an Eataly in the city, these heavyweights aren't overlooking this Canadian hotspot on their maps.

But why are these celebrity chefs, operators and restaurateurs firing up in The Big Smoke?

Lidia Bastianich pays kudos to the city's vibrant mix of ethnicities and foodie interest.

"You need a city that has all of those elements, then it's a great city to live and hence a great city to do business," she said. 

The latest to join the fray is English celebrity chef, restaurateur and media personality, Jamie Oliver, with a Jamie's Italian location in Toronto's Yorkdale shopping mall — his first North American outpost. Nine more are due in Canada over the next five years.

"I've worked in Canada for 15 years. Loved it. Get on really well with the people here," Oliver said while visiting Toronto in October as he promoted his new cookbook, "Everyday Super Food." Read More