Chef interview: Aaron Clyne of B @ THEMUSEUM

Chef interview: Aaron Clyne of B @ THEMUSEUM

Aaron Clyne is executive chef with The Cambridge Hotel and its restaurant The Bruce, as well as downtown Kitchener’s B@THEMUSEUM outside of which you may see parked on occasion their food truck The Bruce Caboose.

Here’s how he tackled the “23 Questions” for our chef interview.

Waterloo Region Eats: Best thing you’ve ever eaten?
Aaron Clyne: Spaghetti alla chitarra in Florence or the halibut and gnocchi at Au Pied du Cochon in Montreal.

Other career you could have pursued?
Clyne: This has been my career choice since I was 8 years old. Haven’t really considered another. 

Favourite beverage?
Clyne: A good cold, well-balanced IPA on a hot day.

Beverage that once just about killed you?
Clyne: Vodka. Hands down.

Chef you’d most like to meet?
Clyne: Marco Pierre White.

Best footwear (for the kitchen or otherwise)?
Clyne: Birkenstocks for the kitchen.

Favourite “international” food in Waterloo Region?
Clyne: Marcelo’s Restaurant, Cambridge.

What scares you in a kitchen?
Clyne: Failure.

Greatest failed recipe?
Clyne: My first attempt at a souffle.

Something that gives you great pleasure?
Clyne: The satisfaction of pleasing people with food.

A favourite teacher you’ve had?
Clyne: Ms. Higgins. Grade 11 history, Galt Collegiate.

Aaron Clyne with the Bruce Caboose (Photo: WREats).

Aaron Clyne with The Bruce Caboose (Photo: WREats).

Do you ride a bike?
Clyne: Yes. Not enough, according to my wife.

A moment in your life you’d like to have back?
Clyne: Re-live eating an eight-course tasting menu at a 12-seat wine bar on the steps of Palazzo Pitti, Florence, Italy.

Where were you born?
Clyne: Maple Ridge, BC.

Favourite band?
Clyne: Tragically Hip.

Who would you like to cook for?
Clyne: My uncle Peter. He invested a lot in my but unfortunately is no longer with us to see the results.

The thing you wish for Waterloo Region?
Clyne: Growth — and to get away from all the chain-based microwave cookery.

Go-to late-night snack?
Clyne: Ramen.

Try the ramen too (Photo: WREats).

Ramen (Photo: WREats).

Best thing about being a chef?
Clyne: Research and development (i.e.: stuffing my face and consuming mass quantities of beverages).

Most dumbest purchase you’ve ever made?
Clyne: A DVD/VHS combo player.

Favourite city?
Clyne: Florence; Bangkok; Charleston, SC.

TV chefs who annoy you?
Clyne: All of them.

Would you describe yourself as sweet or savoury?
Clyne: Probably sour. With a hint of sweet.



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