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Yes, that’s right, Chef Michael Smith from PEI and Host for several Canada Food Network programs honored Saskatoon today at our local farmers’ market. Chef Michael spent the morning meeting market’s vendors, talking to customers, signing books, and most importantly, having photo shoots with patrons.

Chef Michael Smith

Chef Michael Smith

At 5’5″ and wearing heels, I asked Chef Michael if I should stand on my toes. I always knew he was tall, but now I’m nick-naming him the ‘Friendly Food Giant”. I’m sure he’s heard this before.

Chef Michael Smith

Chef Shelly

Chef Shelly Christian from Wild Cuisine Catering holding one of Chef Michael’s autographed books.

Chef Shelly Chef Shelly preparing for food tasting at the Market Kitchen: Savory Lemon Fennel Salad, Bruschetta, Spinach Pinwheels, and Wild Boar Bacon and Black Lentil Burritos. Hope everyone got to taste some samples including Chef Michael.

Fennel salad

Savory lemon fennel salad with raisins, perfect for summer.

cherryt tomatoes

Cherry tomatoes from Floating Gardens.

cherry tomatoes

Chef Shelly

Bruschetta – these were sooo good; I was tempted to take a tray and pass them around.

Chef Michael Smith Chef Michael visiting.

Chef Shelly Christian

Prep for Spinach Pinwheels with puff pastry.

Chef Shelly Christian

These looked easy to make: basically all you need is spinach dip, grated cheese, and puff pastry.

Chef Shelly Christian

Chef Shelly ChristianDeliciously messy

Garlic Guru DipsGarlic dips courtesy of the Garlic Guru

Boar baconBoar bacon from Golden Prairie Wild Boar Meat

Burritos filled with black lentils, wild boar bacon, cheese, and lettuce. Fun to eat and again, deliciously messy.

Chef Michael Smith Well, from what I saw of Chef Michael, I think he thoroughly enjoyed his experience at the market, and he’s invited anytime. But next time —  You’ve got to cook here!!!

Dedicated to Jay who loved watching ‘Chef at Home’.