Seeing as this is my first blog ever, let me introduce myself. My name is Andrew. I was born in Jamaica and immigrated to North Toronto when I was 8 years old. My first introduction to cooking was watching in awe of my Chinese born father, wielding a cleaver, as he made some truly unique and authentic Chinese cuisine.
My passion for food led me to leave a creative job in Advertising and enroll in a chef’s course with the Niagara-on-the-Lake Cooking School, eventually cooking at Peller Estate Winery Restaurant for a few seasons.
Having learned about how profound an experience food and wine can be, I have brought that knowledge and passion to Fielding Estate Winery, and have been with the Fielding family since 2010.
One of the more pleasurable pastimes for a foodie here in the Niagara area is strolling through a farmer’s market dreaming up dishes using local ingredients and which wines you’re going to pair them with. Some of my favourite wines to play with are the Red Conception, Pinot Gris and Cabernet-Syrah. There’s at least a dozen markets to choose from. Not to mention the countless roadside fruit and vegetable stands during harvest time. The farmers display their colourful produce for the world to see and as you speak to them, you can’t help but notice the pride in their voices.
Beets have captured my attention this season. The golden beet especially reminds me of how brief the season is. They taste exactly like the purple ones, and they add some vibrant colours to your plate.
I love making a simple yet gourmet Beet & Goat Cheese Salad while the season lasts. Paired with our Fielding Estate 2011 Rosé, with its dry, bright yet rich fruity flavour, this makes a perfect light lunch and you’ll truly appreciate the bounty of the season.
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