Steve Gonzalez, executive chef of the popular South American restaurant Baro.
the executive chef of the popular South American restaurant Baro is a champion of the burgeoning Latin food scene in toronto
On starting Baro:
Baro is the grown-up version of our other restaurant, Valdez, which serves modern Latino street food. I always wanted to do Latin American food in Toronto—I felt like it was missing here. I never really had a Latin chef to teach me the ropes, so I learned on my own by cooking at home, and from working in Miami.
On his favourite dish to prepare:
We have five types of ceviche on the menu right now and it’s kind of my jam. It’s fresh, acidic and has some spice to it—it’s what I like to eat.
On his favourite ingredients:
I use a lot of cilantro at the restaurant. It’s my favourite herb. We use every part of the plant: from the roots to the stems to the leaves. We can make purees, marinades and sauces out of it—all kinds of different things. Baro is located at 485 King St. W., barotoronto.com. Chef Gonzalez is part of Chefs for Change, an organization that supports Community Food Centres Canada with culinary events. chefsforchange.ca