Newspaper article The Canadian Press

David Chang on Finding Food Favourites in Unexpected Places

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

David Chang on Finding Food Favourites in Unexpected Places

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Chang on finding food favourites in unexpected places


TORONTO - In case you can't tell by the title of David Chang's new Netflix series "Ugly Delicious," the celebrity chef is proud to declare he's no food snob.

And so the opinionated Chang dissects an array of delectable passions over the course of eight episodes, including his unabashed appreciation of Domino's Pizza in the very first episode.

But his vote for the best pizza in the world? For the Momofuku founder -- who has an eatery in Toronto -- it's in Tokyo, of all places.

In advance of Friday's premiere, Chang spoke with The Canadian Press about expanding his empire in Canada, empathizing with other cultures, and finding the best food in unexpected places.

The Canadian Press: Do you have any plans to expand business in Toronto or elsewhere in Canada?

Chang: Obviously, Montreal would be great but I'm afraid of spending too much time with the Joe Beef guys (laughs). They're always too much trouble. And Vancouver -- because I love Vancouver so much. But Toronto is our home in Canada right now.

CP: Does Toronto show up in the series?

Chang: It does. We filmed a lot with Paula (Navarrete), our chef at Daisho. Unfortunately, that got cut but I think it might be repurposed for something else because there was a lot of stuff that was good stuff there. But we filmed at (Toronto restaurant) Asian Legend and we also went to Markham. We went to Fishman Lobster Clubhouse.

CP: What's your impression of Toronto's food scene?

Chang: People don't understand just how diverse it is, number one. It has amazing Jamaican food, it has a little bit of everything. You can get a really good taco now. But I think for me the strength of Toronto has almost always been its Asian food. Particularly the "Chinaburbs" as they call it. Even within Toronto, you just see where the migration is happening -- I think there's six Chinatowns in Toronto.

CP: And now Drake is linked to a new restaurant opening near the Air Canada Centre. What do you think of that?

Chang: I'm not (familiar). I know he comes to the restaurant sometimes. One of my favourite places to eat is actually Real Sports (beside the Air Canada Centre). …

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