March 6 2014  |  Airline & Terminal News

YYZ plans dining with a Twist

By Rick Lundstrom

HMSHost is working with celebrity chef, television host and cookbook author Roger Mooking to bring Toronto Pearson Airport a new restaurant called Twist in the third quarter of 2014.

Mooking is consulting on several new dishes and influencing menu enhancements for other restaurants at the airport. So far, Mooking has consulted on menus at HMSHost’s restaurants Molson Pub, Red Rocket, and Playwright.Chef Roger Mooking

“Roger is bringing his culinary flair with local ingredients and products, as he develops signature dishes from scratch recipes, and enhances the offerings of several menus with new flavors,” said a release from HMSHost. “He is helping to increase healthy, gluten free, vegetarian and sustainable options. In addition, he is integrating local suppliers into his menu creations, such as Donato, Kristapsons, Rowe Farms, Pingue Prosciutto, Sausage King, and Monte Forte Dairy.

Twist will present travelers with a “global twist” on locally sourced North American comfort foods, with menu items such as Splat Scones, made with Devonshire cream, lavender honey, and peameal bacon; and the Roasted Cornish Hen—Moroccan spice rub, charred lemon and arugula.

“Roger has helped put Toronto on the map as a dining destination, and we’re excited that HMSHost will be bringing his expertise and creativity into the airport,” said Janine Gervais, Associate Director Retail and Food Programs with the Greater Toronto Airports Authority.

Mooking is host and co-creator of the television series Everyday Exotic, and has published a cookbook based on the show. He is also co-host of Heat Seekers on Food Network and host of Man Fire Food on the Cooking Channel. 

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