Although it may seem glamourous to cook on television, the truth of the matter is that most shows that feature cooking guests have terrible kitchens. This fact is especially true of news shows. There’s almost never any running water, the stoves are often badly abused and unreliable and more often than not, you have to clean gunk off the set that was left behind by the last guest. In fact, tales of studio mice are common so you often don’t dare use any of the fancy looking plates or other props used to decorate studio kitchens. So, when I was booked to do a demo for CBC Newsworld Morning with Heather Hiscox, my team prepared themselves, as usual, for anything.
As soon as we arrived at the SoHo Metropolitan Hotel in downtown Toronto to meet the crew, we knew things were different this time. Instead of parking blocks away and schlepping our bins and coolers over icy pathways, there was valet parking and a bellman to cart our kit up to the set. And what a set!
That’s me, food stylist Rob Heidenreich and intern Amy Grigg in the kitchen. Yeah, I know. It’s gorgeous! Six gas burners, convection oven, microwave, dishwasher, a full-size refrigerator as well as an under counter wine fridge. And, to top it all off, not just running water but a restaurant style spray nozzle, too! This 5-star kitchen is in the three floor Penthouse suite that the hotel keeps ready and waiting for worthy guests.
The suite itself is vast with several bathrooms, a party room, a living room, dining room and a massive deck with a built in gas grill large enough to cook 20 steaks at once. Posh is not a strong enough word to describe this hotel ‘room’. Interested in booking it for a stay? Shine up your black card: the cost is $5,000 per night and, as of April 1, there is an unnamed guest checking in for six months so even if you have that kind of cash, you’ll have to wait your turn.