Welcome to Food Guy Montreal’s 10 Questions with Kristel Salesse, blogger and recipe queen extraordinaire for her site, kristelskitchen.com. When Kristel isn’t running marathons, or training for one, you can find her organizing some of the Dishcrawls around Montreal, or cooking up some new all natural recipes. She certainly practices what she preaches when it comes to a healthy lifestyle. Here are Kristel’s answers for this month’s 10 Questions:
1. What are your 3 all time favorite restaurants in the world? (No particular order)
I often don’t remember the names of my favorite restaurants, but what makes them a favorite for me are the experiences and memories that last a lifetime.
There is this restaurant in Antigua Guatemala that my parents and I would go to sometimes on the weekend when I was a kid. I remember the smell of the wood burning grill, the corn tortillas made fresh, the deliciously stringy queso fundido and charred scallions served as a side in this tiny rustic restaurant.
Astrid y Gaston in Lima, Peru. I still remember every dish and the exquisite composition and presentation of each plate.
Parts and Labour in Toronto. The food was exceptional and it was such an amazing evening spent with close friends.
2. What would be your last meal?
A dish prepared by each person I love and have made an impact on my life somehow.
3. If you were hosting a dinner party, which one guest would you invite? Dead or alive.
I don’t want to choose just one. I’ll leave it at that.
4. What is your signature dish?
I love cooking for Thanksgiving, so I am going to say that. Realistically my signature is the ability to recreate leftovers into new dishes, no one would ever know they used to be leftovers.
5. What is your favorite junk food?
Chips. I cannot be near a bag of them without them disappearing.
6. What single food do you or would you go out of your way to have?
Hot Montreal bagels from St-Viateur or Fairmount, you just can’t get them like that anywhere else.
7. If you could eliminate one food from the world, what would it be and why?
Beets! I’ve tried them many times but I just cannot bear the taste of them – they make my stomach quiver.
8. Single best childhood food memory.
Fishing for oysters at low tide when visiting family in France. The best oysters in the world.
9. Describe the kitchen you grew up in.
I grew up in about a ten different kitchens, I can’t describe what they physically all looked like. However, what I can describe is my dad spending weekends cooking up a storm and my mother always taking the time to get breakfasts ready every morning and serving home cooked meals every weeknight. That truly reflects the kitchen in which I grew up in.
10. What is your go-to comfort food?
Soup, any kind.
Bonus: 11. What is it about food that’s brought you this far and continues to push you forward?
I live for food. When I’m eating I am already thinking about what I am going to make for my next meal. I especially love to share the experiences and how food truly brings us together under any circumstances. I want to share my passion for cooking and creating recipes. I hope that I am able to ignite at the very least curiosity in as people as possible, so that they too can share and create their own experiences in their kitchen.