Chatelaine Chef Series

Six questions for Connie DeSousa of Calgary's Charcut Roast House

We threw six rapid-fire questions at Connie DeSousa, co-chef and owner at Charcut Roast House in Calgary. Here's what she had to say.

Connie DeSousa, Top Chef Canada, Charcut Roast House

Photo, Colin Way.

1. Tea or coffee?
Hot chocolate!

2. Best breakfast?
Portuguese sausage and fried farm eggs with St. Jorge cheese and Aviv’s sourdough bread from Sidewalk Citizen Bakery in Calgary — it’ll be featured at our new resto, Charbar in the East Village next spring!

3. Favourite ingredient to work with?
Lemons and roots and shoots that appear in our Charcut garden in the spring.

4. Culinary heroes?
Alice Waters, April Bloomfield, Nigella Lawson, John Jackson and Mark McEwan.

5. What do you cook at the end of a long day?
After tasting rich food all day, my go-to supper is usually something light. I’m loving our Persian Cucumber and Romaine Salad with Yogurt Dressing, Feta Cheese and Pickled Chilies these days.

6. First album you remember buying?
Paula Abdul’s Forever Your Girl. I can still remember rocking out to it in my hot pink leg warmers!