Meet Dennis Tay, Top Chef Canada’s newly minted all-star.
He’s chef de cuisine at the fusion mecca DaiLo and a newly minted Top Chef Canada all-star
On becoming a chef:
I started cooking at 27.
I was a breakdancer before that and it was tough to pay the bills, so I signed up for the culinary program at George Brown College.
His favourite DaiLo dish:
It’s a play on a Filipino banana spring roll called
turon. Our take is a broken-down version, with banana mousse, jackfruit curd, a spring roll sesame crisp, burnt honey and chocolate hazelnut.
His culinary obsessions:
Eating pho from Pho Linh on College Street, burgers from Harry’s Charbroiled Dining Lounge, Hainanese chicken from Jackpot Chicken Rice, pizza from Terroni, patties from Kensington Market and everything from Bar Raval. DaiLo is located at
503 College St., dailoto.com. Tay competes on the new season of Top Chef Canada:
All-Stars on the Food Network Canada.