Ted Reader is an award-winning chef and food entertainer, who’s parlayed his passion for food into a culinary tour de force that includes more than a dozen cook books, shelves of food products, live culinary performances, TV and radio cooking shows and appearances as well as culinary demonstrations, a catering company and teaching. Known for his wild hair, pyrotechnic charm and fearless culinary spirit, it’s no surprise that GQ magazine labeled him the “crazy Canuck barbecue kingpin.” The dude just loves to cook!
Ted’s quest for creating “real food for real people” has seen this high-profile culinary barbecue guru demonstrate his flair for grilling in all venues from swanky ball rooms to the Pacific Ocean to a downtown Toronto parking lot. Today, he owns more than 75 barbecues, grills and smokers in all shapes and sizes and never goes anywhere without one in the back of his truck.
Says Ted: “You can cook anything on the grill. All you need is some imagination and a ‘have no fear’ attitude. I love grilling and barbecuing because it brings out the natural flavours of food. It’s all about the grilling, the glazing, the dipping and the licking.”
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Books:King of the Q's Blue Plate BBQ, May 2007
The Art of Plank Grilling, April 2007