Tag: Chef Joe Thottungal

  • Coconut Lagoon’s sorrow

    Coconut Lagoon’s sorrow

    I was writing a short piece to celebrate Joe Thottungal’s cookbook making the ‘long list’ for the Taste Canada Awards when the awful news hit that his restaurant was on fire. After sixteen years of operations Coconut Lagoon has now closed for the foreseeable future. I’m acquainted with a great number of restaurants in this […]

  • Let the record show…

    Let the record show…

    …that our city, our national capital region, has won more gold medals at the Canadian Culinary Championships than any other. I’m not bragging here. No ma’am. I’m simply stating a fact. We’ve been on the top rung of the national culinary podium three times. Close behind us, Montreal, Toronto and Calgary chefs have managed to […]

  • Good stuff…

    Good stuff…

    Mark your calendars for a collaborative pop-up at the Jazz Festival. June 27th. Chefs Pat Garland (Absinthe), Joe Thottungal (Coconut Lagoon), Tim Stock (Thyme & Again) and their teams. Ticket gets you into festival VIP Lounge and to the funky, spring-in-your-step music of the Heavyweights. Details below.

  • Colours of Curry: Vij & Thottungal paint the town

    Colours of Curry: Vij & Thottungal paint the town

    “Twenty years ago, who would ever have thought,” said Vancouver chef Vikram Vij to the full house at Ottawa’s Coconut Lagoon, “…that a Canadian crowd would pay more than a hundred bucks each to eat Indian food prepared by a couple of Indian guys.” That got a laugh. Probably because it’s pretty accurate: Indian food […]

  • Kim heads to Kelowna

    Kim heads to Kelowna

    “There’s a lot going on all the time…” chef Jamie Stunt told chef Briana Kim. “It can be a bit overwhelming. Don’t be distracted by any of it. Try to stay focused.” Stunt was talking about his experience six years ago, when he led the kitchen at Oz Kafe to a silver medal at the […]

  • Vij and Thottungal in one kitchen

    Vij and Thottungal in one kitchen

    Two of our country’s finest chefs and restaurateurs — one from western Canada but originally from North India, the other from eastern Canada, but raised in South India — are teaming up for a capital event. Chefs Vikram Vij (of Vancouver’s Vij’s Restaurant and Rangoli) and Joe Thottungal (of the Kerala restaurant Coconut Lagoon) will each cook […]

  • Team Trevor Ritchie @ atelier

    Team Trevor Ritchie @ atelier

    “At my first competition, a Skills Canada event, I got slaughtered. I came in dead last… ” It clearly didn’t turn him off. Trevor Ritchie credits teacher-mentors (chef Tyrone Miller chief among them) for seeing in him a fierce and focused determination. They took him on. And gradually, he started bringing home hardware. Fifteen years […]

  • Bocuse d’Or comes to Atelier

    Bocuse d’Or comes to Atelier

    It is indisputably the most prestigious cooking competition in the world. The Bocuse d’Or was created in 1987 by the legendary (nonagenarian) French chef, Paul Bocuse. Every two years, it invites 24 young chefs from around the world to a wild and crazy cook-off in Lyons.  Each must prepare meat and fish courses, accompanied by […]

  • Canadian Culinary Championships 2017

    Canadian Culinary Championships 2017

    When all was said and eaten and the judges’ marks tabulated, on the podium at the Canadian Culinary Championships stood two Alberta chefs and our man from Ottawa. Calgary chef Jinhee Lee of Foreign Concept won the event — the first woman to take the top prize since 2007. The bronze went to Chef Eric Hanson […]