Kingpin of the Barbecue
If you've been to a cottage in the last 20 years, Teddy's probably had a hand in more than a few of your meals.
"I've travelled all over this delicious planet of ours seeking our BBQ perfections," says Reader. "From snout to tail, Bali to Boston and Mongolia to Montreal." Today, his focus is on helping novice grillers become masters of the flame with simple ideas and recipes real people can follow.
Teddy's first high-profile gig was at the SkyDome Hotel as its inaugural Exective Chef from 1982-1992. He was subsequently lured to Loblaw's where, as the Product Development Chef, he came up with signature staples like PC Real Jerk Wings and PC Thick and Cheesy Burgers.
In 1997 he struck out on his own and has since developed a line of wildly popular sauces with signature names like Red Neck White Sauce and Beerlicious Barbecue. He's also published 17 barbecue cookbooks, including the award-winning Napoleon series.
Now one of Canada's most famous chefs and food entertainers, Ted Reader's passion for the open flame is legendary. He owns over 100 barbecues; he's set the world record for the largest hamburger ever grilled (590 pounds); he's been profiled in the best magazines, including GQ; and he's the celebrity spokesperson or culinary consultant for some of the country's largest food conglomerates and retailers like McCain, Jack Astor's Safeway, Costco, TGI Friday's and more.
Ted's latest barbecue bibles are Beerlicious: The Art of Grillin' and Chillin' and The Complete Idiot's Guide to Smoking Foods.
Occupations: Celebrity Chef, Author, Product Development Chef, Food Entertainer, BBQ Expert, Caterer, Food Lover, Beer Drinker & all around happy guy
Favourite Food: Charcoal Grilled Steak (to be a little more specific, 2 inch thick, 28+ dry aged Bone-In NY Strip Steak, grilled Rare, Bone-In Rib Steak about 2 inches thick grilled medium rar,e and Bone- In Filet grilled rare. Topped with either lobster or fois gras,and I'm in heaven)
Favourite Burger Joint: the Burger’s Priest in Toronto (www.theburgerspriest.com)
Favourite Burger Chain: In-n-Out Burger
Favourite Grill or Smoker: All of them baby! I love 'em all no matter what shape they are in. Bring 'em on old or new I will grill or smoke on anything. Anywhere! Anytime! Anything!
Favourite Charcoal: Basques Canadian Sugar Maple from Quebec (www.basquescharcoal.com)
Favourite BBQ Store: Ontario Gas BBQ (www.bbqs.com)
Favourite Grill Tool: A handmade spatula made by a blacksmith from Swift Current Saskatchewan. When I was a host of Cottage Country Television this fan from Swift Current made me up a few steak turners, skewers and 2 very special spatulas. Nothing beats them
Favourite Beer: A cold one!
Favourite Liquor: Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, but I love Bourbon equally as much, along with 100% Agave Tequila.
Favourite BBQ Restaurant: Now really this is a question I cannot answer. I like so many and each have something that makes them stand out. I just say as long as it is low n slow, tender, juicy and absolutely delicious, it be a favourite in my book
Favourite Chef: My buddy Olaf, he is a big cuddly real deal Kutchen Meister with a big heart. He rules!
Favourite Music: Classic Rock from 1968-79 be my favourite tunes.
Favourite TV Show: MASH
Favourite Food Experience: Every day that I get to cook, grill, play and enjoy the world of food is a favourite food experience. Foods that make you drool, make me drool, make me happy
Favourite Down Time Thing to Do: Drive my 73 mustang full tilt with the top down, the tunes a blazing, and no chance of me hearing my cell phone. That's the best time!