However in recent years, I have noticed a tremendous shift towards embracing different ethnic foods that were once though of as unpalatable in North America. Shows like Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown has shifted the culture of food in North America to embrace new and exotic cuisines not mainstream in the U.S. or in Canada. Talented Toronto-based writer Lorraine Chuen asked this profound question in her article, who gets the authority on ‘ethnic’ cuisine? In her thoughtful essay backed up by research and stats from The New York Times Food, she explains how chefs and foodies of colour are often excluded from the stories told about “mysterious and exciting” cuisines, urging media to include people of colour in the narrative.
One of the amazing things about Canada is how you will find media networks that reflect the cultural diversity which make up this country.