Danny Smiles, chef, Montreal

ELLE Man (Canada) - - CULTURE -

Montreal may be sat­u­rated with star chefs, but the city’s vi­brant foodie scene re­cently em­braced a new kitchen king­pin in the mak­ing: 30-yearold Danny Smiles. The laid-back, tat­tooed (and mas­sively af­fa­ble) Habs fan of Ital­ian and Egyp­tian her­itage first turned heads as a run­ner-up on Top Chef Canada, pre­sent­ing drool-wor­thy cre­ations such as his Maple and Ba­con Dashi. Smiles’ culi­nary pas­sion quickly caught the eye of pre-em­i­nent Old Montreal restau­ra­teur Chuck Hughes, who put his rock-star pro­tege in charge of his lat­est joint, Le Brem­ner. Un­fail­ingly sport­ing his de­signer apron, Smiles clocks in six days a week and even served corn­bread and shrimp rolls to the likes of Nas, Ben Harper and Mos Def at Osheaga. One piece of ad­vice to those who visit his speakeasy-es­que joint? Give that calo­rie-count app of yours a rest. Or, as

Smiles likes to say, “If you can’t han­dle it, don’t or­der it.”

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