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A Taste for Style

words by Lance Chung

In case you haven’t noticed, Toronto has become a hotbed of culinary talent, giving people ample reason to leave their kitchens and never worry about ruining a recipe again. Leading the charge are a group of individuals who are forcing diners to pause and give thought to what they are eating — experiencing the marriage of different ingredients, savouring flavours and just enjoying damn good food. Here, three of Toronto’s finest chefs and restaurateurs — and stars of Food Network Canada’s new show, Chef in Your Ear — show off some of the must-have wardrobe essentials you’ll need this season to take you from apèritif to ziti (and whatever else you decide to order in-between).

Cory Vitiello (Pictured Above)

THR & Co

The Food: If Vitiello’s name sounds familiar, it’s because he’s one of the guys behind Toronto’s famed The Harbord Room*. Just a few doors down from the culinary establishment, THR & Co. offers its own takes on contemporary Italian and Mediterranean cuisine. Try their squid ink linguine for a mouthful of flavour you won’t soon forget.

The Fashion: A chalk-stripe suit is an easy way to balance the conservative sensibilities of the corporate office while still adding a little charm and bravado to your boardroom look. Throw in a beautiful knit tie and Chelsea boot for added effect.

Suit, $1,590, and shirt, $225, by Davido Afnani; tie by Tom Ford, $220, available at Davido Afnani; shoes by LodinG, $330. Note: take out shirt credit by ted baker in layout.

Craig Harding

Campagnolo

The Food: Campagnolo may be one of the hardest reservations to get in town, but all for good reason. While great Italian fare is in no short supply in Toronto, patrons regularly flock to Campagnolo thanks in large part to the restaurant’s mighty captain, Craig Harding. His menu is a hybrid of contemporary influences mixed with the traditional recipes that his grandmother taught him growing up, making for a pasta lover’s dream. Try the burrata, or lasagna, or really any other dish that involves a carb (read: all of them).

The Fashion: Trust us, the turtleneck is your friend. From Ernest Hemingway to Steve McQueen, there’s a reason why some of history’s most stylish badasses donned the perennial favourite. It’s a piece that has a certain je ne sais quoi to it – allowing you to easily throw one on for an instantly timeless look. Go for a thin Merino wool if you wear one underneath your suit, or a chunky knit to pair with a beautiful overcoat.

Suit by Isaia, $3,995; turtleneck by Jil Sander, $495. All items available at Harry Rosen.

Rob Rossi

Bestellen

The Food: With over 15 years of experience under his belt, Top Chef Canada runner up, Rob Rossi, is well on his way to becoming meat royalty in Toronto’s culinary circles. His restaurant, Bestellen, is a European-style eatery that mixes influences from his German and Italian upbringing, making for the perfect place if you’re in a carnivorous mood (check out their whole roast suckling pig if you’re really hungry.) Herbivores, proceed with caution.

The Fashion: Layering is crucial to getting through cold-weather temperatures. As such, you’ll need a beautiful overcoat to tie everything together. This season, pass on the standard blacks and greys and go for a palette of muted, unconventional colours, like forest green, eggplant and mustard yellow. It’s a subtle to make an effective impact.

Coat by Burberry, $2,395, available at Davido Afnani; shirt, $495, vest, $1,195, and pants, $1,095, by Brunello Cucinelli, available at Harry Rosen; tie by Tom Ford, $220, available at Davido Afnani; shoes by To Boot New York, $475, available at Harry Rosen; watch, Rob's own.

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Photographer: Mauricio Calero

Stylist: Talia Brown

Hair and Make-up: Demi Valentine