In this edition of 21 questions, we interviewed Brian McCourt. Brian is the Culinary Director at Ignite Restaurant Group, which includes The Rich Uncle Tavern, Graffiti Market and Crowsfoot Smokehaus (opening soon)!
Where were you born?
Where did you grow up?
My two grannies
Top 3 ingredients in your pantry?
San Marzano tomatoes, flour, good olive oil
What do you make for a lazy supper?
Cheese, cured meats, bread and picked things
What’s your guilty pleasure?
Favourite vacation spot?
Favourite food city?
Favourite item on your menu?
What’s the last [Netflix] show you binged?
Favourite Instagram account?
Go-to lunch spot in Kitchener?
I don’t ever get to go out for lunch because I’m always working, but I do love The Belmont Bistro for Brunch, does that count?
Favourite restaurant to celebrate a special occasion?
The Bruce in Stratford.
Kitchener’s best coffee…
Kitchener’s best-kept secret?
If I told you it wouldn’t be a secret.
What’s your favourite thing to do outside of work?
Spend time with my wife and family.
What food trend needs to go?
Name 3 guests at your ideal dinner party?
My two grandmothers and Julia Child.
3 things you’d tell a new restaurateur?
Treat your team like family, never stop teaching and celebrate the victories.
What would be your mediocre superpower?
Sleep on command.
Who should we interview next?