Five Minutes With Ted Anderson Of Hastings’ Campagnolo Roma

July 13, 2011.

As Chef de Cuisine of Campagnolo ROMA, Ted Anderson is responsible for menu design, kitchen operations, mentoring his team and catering to the wants and needs of his guests. Over the years, he has had the pleasure of working with some very talented cooks who are now becoming amazing chefs in their own right. He is very proud of the home-grown talent that surrounds him. On his down time, he can often be found sharing stories from the kitchen over a pint and a rib-eye with his comrades in white.

Three things about North Burnaby that make you want to live there? The quiet, calm surroundings. I don’t even feel like I’m surrounded by millions. Proximity to all of Greater Vancouver (30 minutes to almost everywhere). The affordability factor. I think we could have bought a studio in Yaletown, and now my son has room to run!

If you could rename yourself? Laser.

Shoe of choice? Birkenstock Boston (by default), or no shoes.

Your ancestry? 25% Irish, 25% Dutch, 50% Anglo/Shitmix.

Under what circumstances would you join the army? If we start fighting aliens in rad space ships.

The thing that you eat that is bad for you that you will never stop eating? CHEESE!

Default drink? Beer.

Drink you’ll never have again? Zima. Maybe once more.

Fashion turn-off in women? “Ironic” anything.

Favourite Vancouver bridge? 2nd narrows. I grew up in North Vancouver, so there are many memories of going over that bridge to come home.

Best Vancouver patio? Whatever beach I am drinking ”cheeky” cans at.

Three things you’d like to change about Vancouver? More support (not just talk) for independent small business. Alcohol at the grocery store, corner store, wherever. Affordable childcare.

Bartender who could sell you anything? Don’t remember his name, but it was at the Minton House Bar in Tokyo. He sold us a grasshopper. Yup.

Cheap place for dinner? Q Go Ramen on West Broadway. Fucking awesome.

Book you’re reading? The Arctic Event by Robert Ludlum (mindless spy novel).

Last place traveled? Tokyo, Japan.

What terrifies you? Deadly spiders/snakes.

The cliche you overuse? That’s the way forward.

Best bar stool in the city? Seat A-6 at the kitchen bar at Refuel.

Dumbest purchase ever? Chinese truffles. Why bother?

Luckiest moment in your life? When the company I worked for in Japan went broke. It set me on the path to where I am now

Unluckiest moment in your life? Nada. I am pretty f’n lucky.

What are you proud of? My family.

What makes you angry? The Food Network.

The relatively normal piece of clothing that you’d look the most ridiculous in? Anything tight.

Talent you wish you possessed? Perfect pitch.

Musical instrument you long to play? Any percussion. I am super clumsy.

Sport you gave up? Stopped playing organized hockey when I started cooking.

The game you’re best at? Service.

Have you ever fired a gun? Yessir.

Scariest situation you’ve ever been in? Becoming a father.

The thing of no monetary value that you own and will keep dearly until you die? A couple of photo booth shots of me and my wife (then girlfriend) taken in 2002. They really capture a moment in time that is special to me.

Tattoos? Just burn scars – but they all have stories.

Favourite Canadian town we may not have heard of? Baddeck, Nova Scotia. She’s a beaut.

First memory? Falling out of my bed one night. My mum soothed me with raisins.

First album that made you love music? Led Zeppelin II (listen). Heard it when I was 14, thought I was born in the wrong decade for a long time.

The one country that you have no interest in ever visiting? Saudi Arabia. I would be arrested pretty quickly. I don’t think that I could stand to be in a place with such blatant gender inequality.

The first three things you do every morning? Try to get my son to go back to sleep. Make him breakfast (I can’t eat that early). Play trains/cars/read books

Have you beat an addiction? No, still addicted to steak.


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