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Former Corner Brook resident Matthew Krizan chosen to cook for Canada’s Table event

Former Corner Brook resident Matthew Krizan poses for a photo in his restaurant, Mateus Bistro, in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia.
Former Corner Brook resident Matthew Krizan poses for a photo in his restaurant, Mateus Bistro, in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia.

Former Corner Brook resident Matthew Krizan has been picked as one of nine chefs from across the country to participate in Canada’s Table.

The open-air event involves a 1,000-foot-long dinner table set up in front of the Parliament Building in Ottawa, on which chefs will present selections of food from their respective regions.

Krizan, who was born in the former Czechoslovakia, grew up in Corner Brook before living in the Canadian north for a while and then settling in Nova Scotia, he currently operates Mateus Bistro, a fine dining restaurant in Mahone Bay.

The culinary event is scheduled for Aug. 27. According to a press release from the marketing program Taste of Nova Scotia, Krizan is planning an Atlantic Canadian dish that will feature lobster, scallops, foraged sea grass and seaweed, along with sorrel he grows in his own garden.

It’s proving to be a big year for Krizan’s cooking career, continued the release. Earlier this summer, he prepared food for Prince Albert of Monaco aboard the Canada C3 Expedition vessel, MV Polar Prince, on its 150-day expedition from Toronto to Victoria via the Northwest Passage in celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation.

Before he goes to Ottawa, he will be back aboard the Polar Prince to serve up Indigenous foods as the ship makes its way through the Northwest Passage.

While in Ottawa for Canada’s Table, Krizan has also been asked to serve as a guest chef at Beckta, one of the top restaurants in the capital city.

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