Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Celebrity chef sighting: Jamie Stunt

Jamie Stunt, chef at Oz Kafe, on Flickr by beFOODled.

S, myself, and Squeaky and Calimocho went to Oz Kafe for dinner on Sunday night and guess who was taking five at the bar — the head chef, Jamie Stunt.

Chef Jamie Stunt at the Ottawa Wine and Food Show on Flickr by beFOODled.

The first time I saw Jamie was in November 2008 at the Ottawa Wine and Food Show's 100-mile cook-off.

Roasted lamb chop on Flickr by beFOODled.

In less than an hour, he made an appetizer, a main and a dessert. Above is a photo of his roasted lamb chop with a pumpkin and wild boar sausage hash, Brussels sprouts and a cranberry-apple chutney, and his appetizer in the background. For dessert, he made French toast with artisan bakery bread, apple butter and cheese.

Ryan, server extraordinaire, and Ozlem Balpinar, owner of Oz Kafe, on Flickr by beFOODled.

This is Jamie's employer, Ozlem Balpinar, and Ryan, one of her servers extraordinaire. Ozlem is originally from Turkey and has lived in Ottawa since she was 10.

Oz is consistently delicious and a neighbourhood favourite with many of my friends. The following photos are of dishes that S and I have had here in the past: freshly caught halibut with lobster salad, grilled asparagus and roasted potatoes, and bison with fiddleheads and garlic mashed potatoes. I have written a longer review of Oz Kafe on Food Network Canada.

The fish special at Oz Kafe, on Flickr by beFOODled.

Bison and fiddleheads at Oz Kafe, on Flickr by beFOODled.

Got to go because I am now officially dying of hunger. Note to self: no more blogging before dinner.


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