Anthony Sedlak is the host of The Main, airing on the Food Network.
Q: What is your fondest memory from your family kitchen?
A: My first job was as a paper boy at the age of 11. During the winter months in Vancouver —often cold and very wet — the job was sometimes less than enjoyable. Upon returning from the two-hour route, my mom, more often than not, would have a heaping plate of grilled cheese sandwiches waiting for me. Alongside, homemade tomato soup with freshly ground black pepper. It was simply comforting.
Q: What kitchen aromas bring back fond memories?
A: Vanilla ice cream with warm chocolate sauce was the staple dessert of my childhood. The smell of bittersweet chocolate being transformed into what dreams are made of is still one of the greatest aromas ever in my books. Even now when I smell chocolate melting in the kitchen, I’m most likely to be found beside the stand-up freezer, spoon in hand.
Q: What is your favourite food to cook?
A: Such a tough question! I guess I’d say simple everyday food. To me food should be an enjoyable, warm and soulful experience. I’d have to say the comforting foods. Things like slowly braised pork shoulder, duck confit and cassoulet for example.
Q: Do you use cookbooks?
A: Yes, and I have quite the collection. I admit though, I don’t follow a recipe exactly as it’s written. I’m a firm believer that a recipe is a great guideline and starting point. I’m not saying re-write the recipe, but push the boundaries a little and experiment. By doing this, you create your own dish.
Q: How did the first meal you prepared turn out?
A: I do remember trying to impress my sister with my new-found interest in the culinary arts. I was 10 years old and I was sure frozen yogurt couldn’t be harder than it sounded. It’s slightly more involved than freezing yogurt into a block. Yogurt granite anyone?