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I am devoting this week's SUNDRIES to just one subject that is near and dear to my heart, and stomach.

For the last week, with the help of many others in the Canadian culinary, bookselling and journalism industries, I have been working to raise awareness about a problematic new cookbook coming from Phaidon Press this fall.

The book is called COCO.

Here’s the publisher’s description: 100 Emerging Culinary Stars Chosen by 10 of the World’s Greatest Chefs – Curated by Ferran Adrià, Mario Batali, Shannon Bennet, Alain Ducasse, Fergus Henderson, Yoshihiro Murata, Gordon Ramsay, René Redzepi, Alice Waters, and Jacky Yu.

What’s the problem with COCO?

If you live in Canada, you can probably guess: The ten curators chose not to include any emerging Canadian chefs in the 100. That's right: there are no Canucks in COCO! (scroll down to see the full list)

But maybe it is not too late.

I have learned that, as of early last week, Phaidon was still waiting on confirmation of the book's final selection, it's 100th emerging chef. That is, only 99 chefs have been selected for the book.

We all know there are emerging Canadian chefs who deserve to be in that book. There has been a buzz of media activity in Canada about this over the last week, with promise of more to come. We now have some of Canada's top chefs signing a petition that will be sent to Phaidon.

We are asking YOU to join the campaign as well, by sending an email to Phaidon press. Visit my site to learn how.

Here are just a few of the top culinary Canucks who have already added their voices to the campaign:

SUSUR LEE, cookbook author and Executive Chef & Partner/Owner, Shang, New York; Madeline’s & Lee, Toronto

JAMIE KENNEDY, cookbook author and Executive Chef & Owner, Hank's, Gilead Café & Gardiner Café, Toronto

ROB FEENIE, cookbook author and Food Concepts Architect, Cactus Club, Vancouver

KAREN BARNABY, cookbook author and Executive Chef, The Fish House in Stanley Park, Vancouver

JENNIFER MCLAGAN, award-winning cookbook author, Toronto

ANITA STEWART, award-winning cookbook author and culinary activist, ON

J. CHARLES GRIECO, Chair and President, The Ontario Hostelry Institute

MALCOLM JOLLEY, publisher Good Food Revelation

ARLENE STEIN, Founder and Chair of Terroir, Hart House, University of Toronto


THE COCO 99 -- Let's make #100 a CANUCK!

ASIA – 20 Chefs

Hisato Nakahigashi, Miyamaso, Kyoto, Japan
Takuji Takahashi, Kinobu, Kyoto, Japan
Motokazu Nakamura, Nakamura Restaurant, Kyoto, Japan
Hideki Shimoguchi, Chikurin, Uji, Japan
Koji Saito, Sushi Saito, Tokyo, Japan
Naoya Ueno, Gensai, Kobe, Japan
Yosuke Suga, L’Atelier Joël Robuchon, Taipei, Taiwan
Huang, Jing-long, Long Lai, Taipei, Taiwan
Zhuang, Yue-jiau, C’Est Bon, Taipei, Taiwan
Jereme Leung, Whampoa Club, Shanghai
Zhang, JinR, Green T. House, Beijing
Margaret Tsui/Xu, Yin Yang, Hong Kong
Ricky Cheung, Le Mieux Bistro, Hong Kong
Chan Wai Man, Tai Woo Restaurant, Hong Kong
Alvin Leung, Bo Innovation, Hong Kong
Willin Low, Relish, Wild Rocket, Singapore
Ryan Clift, Tippling Club, Singapore
Chris Salans, Mozaic Restaurant, Ubud, Bali
Jacques Kagi, Brasserie Nemo, Hong Kong
Lau Ka Lun, Foon Lok Restaurant, Hong Kong


Mark Best, Marque Restaurant, Sydney
Ben Shewry, Attica Restaurant, Melbourne
Rob Marchetti, The Iceberg, North Bondi, Giusseppe Arnaoldo & Sons, Melbourne,
Andrew McConnell, Cutler & Co., Cumulus Inc., Melbourne
Martin Benn, Sepia, Sydney

EUROPE (UK listed separately) – 33 Chefs

Kobe Desramaults, In de Wulf, Belgium
Pascal Devalkeneer, Le Chalet de la Forêt, Brussels, Belgium
Wassim Hallal, WH, Aarhus, Denmark
Thorsten Schmidt, Malling & Schmidt, Aarhus, Denmark
Mads Refslund, MR, Copenhagen, Denmark
Jakob Mielcke, Hansen Mielcke & Hurtigkarl, Copenhagen , Denmark
Filip Langhoff, Feinschmecker, Oslo, Norway
Gustav Otterberg, Leijontornet, Stockholm, Sweden
Eneko Atxa, Azurmendi, Larrabetzu, Spain
Ricardo Perez, Yandiola, Bilbao, Spain
Victor Arginzoniz, Asador Etxebarri, Atxondo, Bizkaia, Spain
Dani García, Calima, Marbella, Spain
Albert Raurich, Dos Palillos, Barcelona, Spain
José Avillez, Tavares, Lisbon
Cédric Bechade, L’auberge Basque, Saint Pee Sur Nivelle, France
Didier Elena, Les Crayeres, Reims, France
Lionel Levy, Une Table au Sud, Marseille, France
Inaki Aizpitarte, Chateubriand, Paris, France
Jean-François Piège, Hotel de Crillon, Paris, France
Sylvestre Wahid, Oustau de Baumaniere, Les Baux de Provence, France
David Rathgeber, Restaurant L’assiette, Paris, France
Armand Arnal, La Chassagnette, Arles, France
Alberto Herráiz, The Fogón Restaurant, Paris, France
Mauro Colagreco, Mirazur, Menton, France
Christophe Martin, L’Andana, Castiglione della Pescaia, Italy
Paolo Lopriore, Il Canto Hotel Certosa de Maggiano, Siena, Italy
Enrico Crippa, Piazza Duomo, Alba, Italy
Benjamin Hirst, Necci 1924, Rome, Italy
Mona Talbott, American Academy in Rome, Italy
Davide Oldani, D’O, Milan
Pascal Barbot, L’Astrance, Paris
Marcos Morán, Casa Gerardo, Asturia, Spain
Mathias Dahlgren, Restaurant Mathias Dahlgren, Stockholm, Sweden


Josh Lewis, Vue, Muscat, Oman

RUSSIA – 1 Chef

Anatoly Komm, Barbapbi, Moscow


Alex Atala, DOM, Sao Paulo

UK – 17 Chefs

Skye Gyngell, Petersham Nurseries, Richmond, England
Ed Lewis, Bank House Hotel, Norfolk, England
Robert Owen Brown, The Angel Pub, Manchester, England
Tom Kitchin, The Kitchin, Leith, Scotland
Glynn Purnell, Purnell’s, Birmingham, UK
Martin Wishart, Martin Wishart, Edinburgh
Jason Atherton, Maze, London
Theo Randall, Intercontinental Hotel, London
Anna Hansen, The Modern Pantry, London
Jacob Kenedy, Bocca di Lupo, London
Jonathan Jones, Anchor & Hope, London
Tom Pemberton, Hereford Rd, London
Kitty Travers, La Grotta Ices, London
Marcus Eaves, L’Autre Pied, London
Tristan Welch, Launceston Place, London
Lyndy Redding, Absolute Taste Catering, London
Clare Smyth, Gordon Ramsay (Royal Hospital Road), London

USA – 21 Chefs

Amaryll Schwertner, Boulette’s Larder, San Francisco, California
Michael Tusk, Quince, San Francisco, California
Russell Moore, Camino, Oakland, California
Charlie Hallowell, Pizzaiolo, Oakland, California
Chris Cosentino, Incanto, San Francisco, California
Kelly Liken, Kelly Like, Vail, Colorado
Scott Peacock, Watershed, Decatur, Georgia
Alison Vines-Rushing, Mila, New Orleans, Louisiana
Donald Link, Cochon, New Orleans, Louisiana
Hugh Acheson, Five & Ten, The National, Gosford Wine, Athens Georgia,
John Fraser, Dovetail, New York
Cruz Goler, Lupa, New York
Akhtar Nawab, Elettaria, New York
April Bloomfield, The Spotted Pig, The John Dory, New York
Mario Carbone, Aeronuova, New York
David Chang, Momofuku Ssäm Bar, Noodle Bar, and Ko, New York
Andrew Feinberg, Franny’s, Brooklyn, New York
Tommy Habetz, Bunk’s Sandwiches and Bar, Portland, Oregon
Eric Ziebold, CityZen, Washington D.C.
Kevin Davis, The Steelhead Diner, Seattle, Washington
Jody Williams, Gottino, New York

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