In the kitchen, Canada renowned chef Chuck Hughes likes to keep things simple. But the star of Chuck's Days Off and Chuck's Eat the Street always adds a touch of originality—a philosophy he also applies to his everyday life. We met with the charismatic chef, who truly holds cooking dear to his heart.
Chuck, what are your must-haves when it comes to recipes?
When my fridge at home is empty, I can always find something to whip up with potatoes. I never run out of ideas! Potato salad, stuffed baked potatoes in the oven, gratin dauphinois, or the best combo of all time: homemade fries and mayonnaise!
What is your clothing style like on television, in the kitchen and in everyday life?
I always wear a black t-shirt. Sometimes, I swap it for a denim shirt. My girlfriend recently counted how many black t-shirts I own, and there are 75—25 of which are still in their wrapping (laughs). I'm also obsessed with baseball caps!
Is there an accessory that really makes a difference in your look?
Vans have been my favourite shoe since I was 12 years old. At the time, the brand was linked to surfers and skateboarders. Even though Vans sends me different models nowadays, I still continue to buy them. I even helped design a shoe, which was created specifically for people who work in a kitchen environment.
If one were to look for you at the mall, where would one be most likely to find you?
In a sports store, buying new hockey, ski, softball, or workout equipment.
Lastly, what will be the top food trend of 2017?
Some people would answer “kale” or maybe “quinoa”. Personally, I don’t believe in food trends. Daring to try new recipes, using foods you’ve never cooked before—that’s what’s trendy. Trying something new!
-Chuck Hughes owns restaurants Le Garde-manger et Le Bremner restaurant in Montreal.
-Chuck's Eat the Street: Thursdays at 7:30 am on the Cooking Channel.
Photos: Dominique Lafond