Renée Lavallée is, in her own words, “a chef, a mom and a crazy cheese lover”. Originally from Shawville, Quebec, Renée grew up in a gastronomically adventurous household. She has worked at Canoe, The Inn At Bay Fortune and more recently is the executive chef at Five Fishermen. She also writes a weekly column for the Arts & Life section of The Chronicle Herald. She even has her own website. But who is The Feisty Chef? Currently on maternity leave, Passable had the opportunity to sit down with her to talk for one of our Passable Interviews about her culinary upbringing, education and more.
What are your first memories about food?
My parents in the kitchen cookin’ up a storm; they were from the Julia Child era where they watched her show & tried to re-create. Memories of Crepes Suzette and chicken liver pate are still fresh in my mind. Also, they took us out every Friday night to try a new “cuisine”: Korean, Thai, Japanese, Turkish, etc….that was huge for me!
Did you think that was normal?
I did…I just assumed everyone else did the same thing.