"Whether he's cooking for the British Royal family or whipping up a casual dinner,it's the same every time: exquisite meals, stunningly presented." - Josh Sleeman
"Chef Olaf is a bright light in the world of food - a culinary commando dedicated to the pursuit of excellence." - Anna Olson
"...a kind soul with a heart of gold, and those ingredients make Olaf's food absolutely delicious. these pages truly will get stuck together." - Ted Reader
"Olaf's got a big heart and he uses it to make big flavors. I highly recommend wading into this book-there's big fun to be had!" - Brad Long
To my lovely wife and best friend: Jennifer, a.k.a. my food critic.
To the greatest boys any dad could have: Nicolas, Taylor, and Owen. Will one of you please consider becoming a chef?
To the rest of my family: You are a component without which all of this would not be nearly as good a journey.
I come from generations of foodies whose talents range from being a German cook in eighteenthcentury English manors to running a small, local butcher shop in the west end of Toronto during the Depression. It is through these past generations that food and cooking have become part of my roots.
I cook because food is, and always has been, an integral part of my being. It’s what brings my family and friends together around the table to share the day’s events, tell stories, laugh, and live life. For me, food is the real magic of life.