Canada Day Dinner Party

Although he's only 32, Chef Michael Hunter has been cooking professionally for almost 20 years. Born and raised in the Caledon area northwest of Toronto, he was 13 when he started helping out at a local diner, slinging hash browns and toast on the breakfast shift.

In 2015, he opened his own restaurant, Antler Kitchen + Bar, on Toronto’s Dundas Street West, the name a reference to his passion for hunting and foraging wild Canadian foods. Venison is on the menu in many forms but while some of the dishes are decidedly sophisticated, Hunter is quick to point out that it’s not really a fine-dining place. “It’s very homey and casual,” he says. “We treat people like family here. You can have rack of deer or you can just have a burger or a sandwich and fries.” With antlers and photos of wild plants decorating the room, Antler Kitchen + Bar is almost a shrine to Canada’s wild bounty, so who better than Chef Hunter to provide us with a menu for a special Canada Day dinner party?