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Miller won’t do without his wooden spoon

DAVID COOPER/torstar news service

Mayor David Miller.

Mayor David Miller was born in the town of Thriplow, England. He and his mother to moved to Toronto in 1981. Mayor Miller has a degree in economics from Harvard University and a law degree from the University of Toronto. He became a Metro councillor in 1994, and in 1997 he was elected to the new City of Toronto council where he served two terms. In November 2003, Torontonians voted in Miller as mayor. In November 2006 he was re-elected for a second four-year term.

Mayor Miller and his wife have two children.

Q: What are your favourite food memories from the exhibition?

A: I go to the Exhibition every year. The food building is the first place I visit. I especially love the tiny donuts and the smells of the different foods. My memory is that it’s the place you’d go to find new gadgets that slice and dice. I love the enthusiasm of the buskers selling these new products.

Q: What is your fondest memory of your family kitchen?

A: My grandfather (who lived with us when I was a boy) used to toast his bread on a long fork over the coal fire. We did have a toaster! One of the lovely parts of growing up in a farming community was everything was fresh. The milk came from the farm next door. The potatoes and mint came from my grandfather’s little garden. The food was simple and delicious!

Q: How did the first meal you prepared turn out?

A: I first learned to cook in 1982 when I was living with 3 friends. It was Thanksgiving and we invited all the families over for dinner. I prepared a ham glazed with brown sugar and maple. I was really proud of it. The only problem was

I forgot to take the plastic wrapping off before I cooked it. I was humiliated. From then on I worked very hard to learn how to cook. My wife and I took cooking classes and my mother gave me the Fannie Farmer Cookbook. I really do enjoy cooking!

Q: What kitchen gadget can’t you live without?

A: My wooden spoon that I’ve had for 25 years. I still use it for everything. It works perfectly and I’m so used to it. It fits in my hand like it’s meant to be there.


Mayor Miller’s 3-Onion Casserole (Serves 8)

  • 4 medium leeks thinly sliced

  • 2 large sweet onions thinly sliced

  • 2 large Spanish onions thinly sliced

  • 2 packages of Boursin (pepper or herb flavoured)

  • 1 cup grated Havarti

  • 1-1/2 cups grated Gruyere

  • 1/2 glass white wine


  1. Slightly grease a casserole dish with a bit of butter on wax paper.

  2. Put 1/3 of onions in bottom of dish.

  3. Add Havarti, 1/3 of onions, Boursin, remaining onions, top with Gruyere.

  4. Add a couple of pats of butter, Pour in wine over top

  5. Bake at 425 degrees for 45 minutes.

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