Maria Rozynska was a school teacher with a love of food. Here’s she’s making sausage from scratch for a night of Berlin-style curry wurst with her chum Agata. Maria eventual left teaching to start her own cooking school, Just Be Cooking.
Jonna Pederson was not only our ace brunchatrix for a while, but was also a Korean food wiz, having lived there for many years. Here she is going full Dexter on a batch of kimchi
Danielle Mitrovic was one of the loveliest people to ever work FOH at The Dep, and not to shabby in the kitchen either, especially when preparing
Lesley & Sara embracing the classic diner waitress vibe
Dougie Kerr painting The Dep window. Dougie was one of the sign painters for Honest Ed’s, whose iconic signage was a cherished bit of Toronto heritage.
Ginger Dean hosted brunch and many, many Drop-In Dinners in the early days of The Dep; occasionally her twin sister Yvonne would pop in to help, and it was always a bit trippy to watch them cook in sync.
My nieces, Lucy & Grace, enjoying an ice cream out front
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, with Esmaeel Aboufakher and Rahaf Alakbani of Newcomer Kitchen
Lisa Kates (left) was a mentor and inspiration from the very outset of The Dep. She went on to co-found an amazing food charity, Building Roots, which aims to address food insecurity in some of Toronto’s most underserved neighbourhoods. Her whole family is into food; here her two daughters joined her in the kitchen.
Gervais Nash bringing in a haul of organic tomatoes from Grant McPhereson’s Pairie Boy Farm
Sidney Littleton hitching a ride in Celine, The Dep’s late Montrealaise Depanneur delivery bike.
Celebrity Chef Eddie Huang of Huang’s World visited The Dep for his episode on Toronto’s food scene.
My sister, Stephanie, pretending to cook at her birthday
Quinn Cruise, with her mom. Quinn went on to represent Canada at the International Deaf Culinary Olympics.
One of the Newcomer Kitchen kids celebrating his first Canada Day