Renée S. Suen Freelance Writer & Food Photographer
Mentions. Appearances. Some fun. Others notable. All not written or hosted by me.
View the VIBE’s 2023 POWER 60: Inspiring Asian-Canadians of Influence
January 19, 2023. A very kind inclusion among many inspiring notables and leaders who are paving the way for change and excellence within their respective fields.
First Michelin, now The World’s 50 Best sets their eyes on Canada
September 1, 2022. Written by Revathy Rajan on the announcement of the new Mid-USA and Mod-Canada Academy Chair by World’s 50 Best Restaurants.
Yorkville Lifestyle's Coffee with Vivien Live:
Is Toronto a world-class food city destination? 🥑 with Renee Suen
June 23, 2021. I had the pleasure of being a guest on Vivien Sharon's YouTube live show as we discussed a bunch of different topics centered around travel writing and dining coverage in this COVID world, but also the value of traditional and/or social media, role of television personalities, the state of fine dining, and that question that diners debate: "Is Toronto a world-class food city destination?”
HACUSHI - Obsessed With ABGs (podcast)
Ep 10: Pursuing Your Passion with Renée Suen
March 3, 2021. I chat with co-hosts Kimberly and Reina about my Asian-Canadian roots, her pivot from science to freelance writing, my boardroom of allies, and how COVID has affected my work.
Alberta Magazine Publishers Association Showcase Awards 2020 - Finalist, Editorial Package Print for WestJet Magazine's Taste of Travel (contributor)
Critics pick the 10 best new restaurants in Toronto
January 8, 2020. Interviewed by TRNTO who asked a panel of "the city’s most influential critics and food bloggers share their 2019 faves."
From butternut squash to pumpkin soup, what is the perfect Thanksgiving side? October 9, 2019. Interviewed by Claudia McNeilly for National Post about my perfect Thanksgiving side dish in a feature of twelve culinary professionals and experts from around the world.
Iron Chef Canada: Battle Cheddar Season 1, Episode 15. Air date: September 25, 2019. "Iron Chef Rob Feenie goes head-to-head with challenger Chef Ivana Raca in battle featuring cheddar cheese. Chef Feenie brings Sous Chefs Wayne Harris and Tyler O’Connor to battle alongside him, while Chef Raca is joined by Sous Chef Jeff Zhou, and our youngest competitor yet: seventeen-year-old Sous Chef Konstantin Gavrilovic. Judges Jonathan Cheung, Renée Suen, and Julie Van Rosendaal are tasked with tasting and reviewing each dish, and ultimately selecting the winner."
Press Release: Iron Chef Canada returns with a new ensemble of Challengers Ready to Compete for Culinary Supremacy August 6, 2019. Listed as one of Season 2's guest judges.
Let's Eat with Zane Caplansky May 4, 2019. Interviewed by Zane Caplansky on his last on-air broadcast about my unconventional start in food and travel writing, destination dining, great people in the community, the challenging media environment, Flickr, and how lucky I feel being able to do what I do.
Book the Table, Then Buy the Plane Tickets By Sarah Firshein, May 1, 2019. Interviewed and featured in The New York Times about my experiences in destination dining and how many trips are planned around a reservation (plus how it's done), specifically elBulli and the trip around Catalonia in 2011.
Why Diners Are Willing to Go the Distance for a Reservation by Devorah Lev-Tov, August 14, 2018. Interviewed in Eater about restaurants I'd taken serious journeys to get to via multiple modes of transport and traversing all sorts of terrain.
The Legacy of Joël Robuchon on The Arlene Bynon Show, CanadaTalks SiriusXM 167 - August 7, 2018. Interviewed about the late chef and experiences dining at the restaurants.
Savour The Flavour Of Norway - Reflections From The Terroir Symposium by Torunn Tronsvang of UP Norway, Jun 11, 2018. A reflection of the event including the panel I chaired and Torunn was a part of discussing Food Tourism.
Markham Restaurants: Ontario’s Best Asian Eats by Andrew Dobson of dobbernationLOVES.com, April 13, 2018. Andrew heads up to Markham to explore the cuisines offered outside the Toronto core and asked me to share some thoughts about how food lovers can navigate the scene.
10 Best Solo Travel Destinations for Women by Simone Castello, Readers Digest, Nov 14, 2016. Interviewed for my pick of top destinations for solo travellers.
World Class Food on CBC Metro Morning - August 18, 2015. Interviewed for my views on whether Toronto is a world class food city.
City Life - April 24, 2015 by Amoryn Engel, National Post 2015
Devour and Valley get Vacay listing by Wendy Elliott, Kings County Advertiser and Kings County Register, and Nova News Now 2015
Canada’s Best New Restaurants Of 2014 by Nicki Laborie, Vv Magazine 2015
The Best Thing I Put In My Mouth All Year by Ivy Knight, Swallow Daily 2014
Skinny Foodies: The Eat What You Want Generation by Rachel Heinrichs, Flare 2014
Best Chinese food we ate in Toronto blog post by Michael Gebert, Sky Full of Bacon 2014
Ferran Adrià and the devil by Michael Gebert, Chicago Reader 2014
National Magazine Awards 2013 - Honourable Mention, Single Service Article Package & Service: Lifestyle (contributor)
Taste as experience gives rise to the global gourmand by Courtney Shea, The Globe and Mail 2013
Press: Diner en Blanc - Toronto Life, blog post by Amanda Palmer, AmandaLProductions 2013
Canada's Top 50 Restaurants 2013. Represented Vacay.ca on CTV Evening News, May 2013
Peabody goes to Langdon Hall by Kerry Knight, Swallow Daily 2013
Joe Beef chefs are inspiration for René Redzepi's presentation in Toronto blog post by Alexandra Forbes, Montreal for Insiders 2013
Musings – Where Are The Destination Restaurants of North America? blog post by Dr. John Sconzo, Docsconz 2013
Ole to 2012. Now for 2013 blog post by Matt Basile, aka Fidel Gastro, FidelGastro 2012
Chef Claudio Aprile and Guest Chef, Curtis Duffy of Grace, Chicago, at Toronto's Colbourne Lane Restaurant blog post by Josh Josephson, Cookbook Store Blog 2012
Notes on the “Culinary and Drink Trends” breakout session at Terroir 2012 blog post, Toronto Garlic Festival 2012
TERROIR 2012 – Fergus Henderson Likes It by Ivy Knight, Swallow Daily 2012
A sampling with culinary superstar Rene Redzepi by Ivy Knight, The Globe and Mail 2012
How to eat a 23-course dinner by Jennifer Bain, The Star 2011
First Choice for Sushi Take-Out blog post by Celine Wong, PlatoPutas 2011
Edible Holiday Gift Guide blog post by Emma Beqaj, Emma's Eatery 2010
Shark’s Fin, Abalone, and Black Sea Moss blog post by Marusya Bociurkiw, Recipes for Trouble 2008
Work quoted by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada on The Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association Show. The reports from:
Academic bibliography, here.
Media coverage of academic work, here.