After a 24-year career as a five-star, high profile chef, Lynn Crawford left her post as Executive Chef at the Four Seasons Hotel Manhattan for the ultimate gastronomic adventure. After years behind the kitchen door miles from the source of the ingredients she used every day, she craved an adventure, a more intimate relationship with the ingredients she uses and with the people who harvest them. Now she’s heading out on the road to meet the people who produce the finest ingredients at the source. Fun and rollicking Pitchin’ In is a celebration of food’s power to connect us all.
Chef Lynn loves to quote Julia Child, who used to say: “If you don’t want to use butter, use cream.” As far as Lynn is concerned, life would be empty without dairy fat, so she’s found an organic farmer in Minnesota who produces some of America’s finest-His pride and joy is his 43% cream. Dairy is...
Chef Lynn loves a roast chicken—now she’s found heritage French birds that taste the way chicken used to taste. But raising them is hard and dirty work, and even requires Chef Lynn to sleep overnight with 5000 baby chicks.
The clear and clean waters around Prince Edward Island are home to some of the best shellfish in the world, especially mussels. They are great just steamed in their own juices or with white wine. But Chef Lynn can’t wait to get her hands to show the locals how much she can do with them.
Chef Lynn will admit that she prefers Crab to any other seafood—including Lobster. So she’s thrilled to go out on the open waters off Vancouver Island to haul in trap after trap of the finest Dungeness Crab in the world. Tipping her toque to her Asian mentors, she prepares a Cantonese inspired cr...
Bison was once almost extinct. But a small group of ranchers have worked to bring them back and now bison is becoming a popular more healthy alternative to beef. But these majestic creatures are raised almost wild, and Chef Lynn has to come face to face with her fears when she has to handle them.
Avocado is almost always served as an appetizer or used to enhance a dish. But Chef Lynn decides she wants to make it the star of a meal. Turns out the farmer she meets is a retired army officer and puts her through a serious avocado boot camp.
Cloudberries or Bake Apples, as they are called in Newfoundland, can fetch up to $60 a gallon, because they are so rare and so tasty. But Chef Lynn has to battle her fear of heights to gather enough of them for a meal that celebrates the local tradition of living off the land.
According to Chef Lynn, “ a day without a potato is like a day without sunshine”. So she’s keen to get down and dirty to dig up a variety of heirloom potatoes in Alberta. Trouble is, it’s all about operating heavy and dangerous machinery, and that freaks her out.
Perth County in Southwestern Ontario is famous for some of the best pork in Canada. But it’s also home to one of only a handful of farmer’s who are raising wild boar. Inspired by the possibilities, Lynn has a local butcher prepare wild boar bacon for her.
Chef Lynn calls limes the underdog of the citrus family because they are relegated to very few dishes in North American cuisine. In the orchards she visits, many varieties of lime are grown, some she’s never tasted, and her imagination goes wild for all the great dishes she can prepare with them.
The pristine waters off Vancouver Island produce some of the finest seafood in the world, including scallops, long a favorite of Chef Lynn. But harvesting them is work for strong young men, as she finds out the hard way.
Recently, a group of Ontario farmers have become some of the only farmers outside of Italy to raise Water Buffalo for their prized milk, and a local creamery is making it into Buffalo Mozzarella. Lynn is delighted to work with this ingredient, but intrigued to find out more about these charismati...