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Kim Gertler

Whether rummaging the backwoods of Kentucky for the best barbecue in the world, or sitting at the judges table at the PEI shellfish festival….

Kim Gertler is a Toronto based writer and film maker, who’s fascinated by food, music, wine, and travel and that strange place where all of the above are on the menu.

After a decade and a half working as a Network Producer at CBC and Global Television, in 1995, Gertler launched his own media venture, Radar Media Company. His writing and production clients include: The Economist, Time Out London, Appleton Jamaica Rum, Discovery Channel, Bravo, Newsworld, Outpost Magazine, The Globe and Mail, Prime Television and CTV Travel. Kim also is a regular contributor to the Shelf Life column Toronto‚Äôs National Post newspaper “I’m interested in what we bring to the table in addition to our appetite or the daily need for nourishment.

“The idea that we can literally taste, devour and digest culture is very appetizing. In every meal, there’s a message, a journey, and some great stories.”

Though Gertler has an honours degree in arts from U of T and is an alumnus of the Canadian Film Centre he emphasizes the value of time logged as a student working summers in steamy restaurant kitchens in Banff and Toronto.

The kitchen is the ultimate crucible of learning experiences… a place of great drama where unheralded heroics and tragic meltdowns occur on a daily basis. The kitchen is a school, a stage, even a world view.

Kim learned to cook from his Slovakian mother, the late sculptor Anita Gertler. I learned from watching my mom that food cam be an ongoing dialogue of discovery: The rituals of growing it, preparing it and enjoying it communicate the distinctions and the common ground between cultures, and what they bring to the table.