THE BIRYANI STOPS HERE
Natasha grew up moving from Pakistan to Saudi Arabia to Holland to Canada. Her Mom’s chicken biryani turned every place into home. Today Natasha has a career, a husband, and a home of her own — except she’s a miserable cook who can’t even boil water. Yet she still craves that special chicken biryani. What will happen to this beloved recipe when her Mom is gone?
ON THE BACK BURNER
At school, Nick was embarrassed by the smell of the Chinese food his parents packed him for lunch. When he decided to become a chef, he perfected French techniques under some of the top chefs in North America and Europe. Returning home, it was his grandmother’s dumplings that gave him a jolt of sensory memory that would define his current success.
FLESH AND BLOOD
For José’s tightly-knit family, meals have always been an important time to be together — over a Colombian diet of meat, meat and more meat. At university, José learned to see some things differently and decided to become a vegan. But he can’t give up his seat at the family table, and his mom would never let that happen.
DAWN’S PARTING GIFT
Shaun lost his Mom to cancer when he was in university. She was the one who gently pushed him to join the marching band when he was just a little kid growing up in freezing cold Regina. He would go on to become a professional trumpet player and composer. The trumpet and his go-to comfort food — Dawn’s chocolate chip cookies — have kept his Mom’s spirit alive.
BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS
Karl fed his Jamaican chopped liver to his boys for breakfast, to fuel them for hockey practice. It worked: P.K. is an all-star defenceman in Nashville and Malcolm tends goal for Las Vegas. When the youngest, Jordan, followed his older brothers footsteps of playing in the NHL, it was the liver that kept him company on the road.