Food vies with films for spotlight at Toronto film festival

Tue Sep 4, 2012 3:01pm EDT
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By Claire Sibonney

TORONTO (Reuters) - For 11 days this month Toronto will be the cinematic center of the universe during its annual film festival and hungry movie-goers will have plenty of food choices thanks to the city's flourishing restaurant scene.

Toronto has lured high-profile foreign chefs and the international media are starting to recognize it as a culinary destination.

"There's a new generation of young chefs who with very low budgets create wonderful restaurants with great energy, a very locavore kind of direction, and creativity," New York-based French-American chef Daniel Boulud said in a phone interview.

Toronto prides itself on its immigrants and varied cuisine. With half of its population born outside of Canada, it is diversity that defines Toronto.

Its Chinatown is one of the biggest in North America and West Indian and Latin American food shops can be found in the city's Kensington Market. There are also Italian, Portuguese, Brazilian and Vietnamese restaurants.

Besides being Canada's artistic capital, Toronto is also headquarters to the country's banks. The city's voracious appetite for eating well has prompted new restaurants to pop up frequently.

During the Toronto Film Festival, which begins on Thursday and runs through September 16, restaurants will be competing with films for the attention of fans.


The menu at Mexican restaurant Grand Electric in Toronto is pictured on August 15, 2012. REUTERS/Claire Sibonney