MasterChef Canada debuted earlier this year and much like professional chefs and home cooking enthusiasts alike, we were glued to our TV. We became invested in each of the Top 10 contestants as they fought their way through difficult challenges – and challenging personalities for that matter – in the hopes of being named Canada’s 1st MasterChef.
Stay-at-Home Dad Pino Di Cerbo was one contestant who always stood out to us. His passion for food and love for his adorable family was endearing. Check out his MasterChef Canada audition video here. Although he had to hang up his apron after a donut disaster, there’s still so much this cooking champion [in our eyes] has to offer.
With that, we’re thrilled to announce Pino will be joining Cutting Remarks as a regular blog contributor! We met up with him recently in his hometown of Mississauga, ON to get to know a bit more about him and what he’ll be sharing with you from his wonderful world of cooking.
Where did your love for cooking begin?
Even at a very young age, I always had an interest in cooking. I guess it all stems from watching my mom (an Italian immigrant) cook every day and always from scratch. Cooking, food, and sharing with the family was an everyday ritual. That’s just what we did and who we are. When I was married and became the full time cook, that’s when I truly realized how much I loved to cook. Not only for the food, but everything else food is. As I always say “food is far greater than the sum of its parts”. Watching my mom and helping out for so many years, cooking came naturally to me. I always seemed to know how and what to do.
What was the experience of MasterChef Canada like?
It was full of all sorts of emotions like being on a long roller coaster ride. You go from really high to really low really fast! But for the most part, it was selfish. I needed to know how good of a cook I was.
What can the readers of Cutting Remarks expect from you?
Food is a huge part of life. It’s more than just a recipe. It’s more than just eating. It is telling a story, creating a memory, honoring your roots and celebrating the moment. I’ll be telling my stories of food and family, especially cooking with a young family at home. Readers can expect kid friendly dishes and fun tips on how they can include their children in the cooking experience.
Why do you use WÜSTHOF knives?
Believe it or not, I had never used WÜSTHOF knives until being on MasterChef Canada. When I came home from the show, after being away for 5 weeks, I needed to make dinner for my family using the knives I had for 8 years (thinking I kept them sharp and in great condition). I realized I could not cook with them! Once you use a WÜSTHOF and appreciate the product, it is hard to use anything else. I had to get a set of my own.
Keep your eye out for Pino’s first blog coming in November. Until then, for our friends in the GTA, we recommend you check out one of his many cooking classes offered through Loblaws. Also, if you’re hosting a dinner party and want to leave the cooking to a professional, Chef Pino Di Cerbo’s Cucina Rustica offers private chef events as well as cooking classes and knife skills classes.