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Since winning Top Chef, I've had a lot of people ask me to share my kitchen knowledge. I've noticed a few topics that seem to come up over and over again: reducing food waste, meal timing and keeping the kitchen clean. So, I've compiled some of my top tips for tackling these three kitchen predicaments.


Ultimate Designer Holiday Gift Guide

by Blogger ‎10-30-2014 03:48 PM - edited ‎10-30-2014 03:54 PM



I have had a lot of fun over the past few weeks talking about kitchen design, appliances and entertaining. Today I thought I'd put together twenty of my favourite products for the ultimate designer holiday gift guide.


Top tools for the kitchen from Top Chef René Rodriguez

by Blogger on ‎10-30-2014 03:20 PM - last edited on ‎12-09-2014 05:27 PM by Blog Editor in Chief



You’ve heard it said so often before, that it’s the little things that can make such a difference. That is true in life, and in cooking.  One of the simplest ways to improve your cooking is to make sure you are cooking with the right tools. I’ve compiled a list of some of the essential tools that can give you a leg up in the kitchen.


Win a new washer and dryer in the “Clean up with LG” contest

by Blog Editor in Chief ‎10-24-2014 07:55 AM - edited ‎11-14-2014 08:14 AM


Do you appreciate your appliances? Really appreciate them?  I load and unload the washer and dryer, usually without complaints, but still rarely thinking about what I’d do without them. But with the holidays approaching we should think about that.  Your appliances will be working overtime helping you clean up for entertaining, and having guest in your home.  New appliances, like those offered by LG, can provide a little extra joy this holiday season, especially when it is time to clean up! Here is a great way to get a new LG washer and dryer—enter to win them! Read on for more details.





Over my years working as a chef at home and in the industry, I've experimented in the kitchen and figured out many time-saving techniques that make cooking a breeze with any appliance. These kitchen hacks not only save time and make cooking easier, but they also reduce food waste and provide healthier options for common snacks.


Tips for holiday entertaining

by Blogger on ‎10-16-2014 04:35 PM - last edited on ‎11-20-2014 12:17 PM by Blog Editor in Chief



It's that time of the year when we all start thinking about having friends and family over to enjoy the holiday season.  Whether you are throwing a small party or entertaining a houseful of guests you’ll want everything to look perfect. Here are some tips that will help prepare your home this season:


Selecting the right appliances: Top tips for home chefs

by Blogger on ‎10-16-2014 03:20 PM - last edited on ‎10-16-2014 03:20 PM by Blog Editor in Chief



When I think about the contrast between the old appliances I grew up with in Mexico and the appliances in my restaurant, or in the Top Chef kitchens, it’s shocking. Imagine cooking an entire holiday meal on a charcoal grill? You can understand why it might take days to prepare. I have learned to appreciate how important the right appliances are in a kitchen, so here are some suggestions to help you make the right choices:


A kitchen makeover for Burnaby Boys & Girls Club from Future Shop and designer Cam MacNeil

by Blogger on ‎10-09-2014 04:36 PM - last edited on ‎10-15-2014 08:53 AM by Blog Editor in Chief



I’m interior designer Cam MacNeil and recently I was asked by the team at Future Shop to help make over the kitchen at the Boys & Girls Club in North Burnaby. This was so much fun, picking out new LG appliances, coordinating accessories and dishes­—all obtained from Future Shop too. Read all about this amazing 48 hour transformation …


Ultimate holiday recipes from Top Chef Canada Season 4 winner René Rodriguez

by Blogger on ‎10-09-2014 03:44 PM - last edited on ‎10-17-2014 03:13 PM by Blog Editor in Chief



Life has been a whirlwind after my win on Food Network’s Top Chef Canada  and things are hopping at my restaurant, Navarra.  Nevertheless, I was excited when Future Shop and LG asked me to team up with them for this series on holiday entertaining.  This is the first of five articles I’ll be contributing. I hope you enjoy!


Hidden gem! LG 42" 720p 600Hz Plasma HDTV

by Blogger on ‎07-22-2014 07:18 AM - last edited on ‎07-22-2014 01:31 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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I love stumbling across hidden gems.  This LG TV, a 42" 720p 600Hz Plasma HDTV, gives you a great picture at a great price; it is also getting some of the best customer reviews.  Check it out!


What's Hot? LG Stoves!

by Blogger on ‎02-22-2014 02:29 PM - last edited on ‎03-27-2014 10:15 AM by Blog Editor in Chief


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LG has one of the most recognizable brands in the world, and with recognition comes trust. People trust LG products to be of the highest quality, and for good reason. LG denotes value across its numerous product lines, and that's why in this blog I take a look at a variety of LG stoves. Whether you want an electric oven, a gas range, or a top notch microwave, this is the blog for you. Click through for more...


What's Cool? LG Fridges!

by Blogger on ‎02-21-2014 08:55 PM - last edited on ‎02-26-2014 06:22 PM by Blogger


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There are few things that irritate my wife as much as our home refrigerator. Even though it's 'pretty' with stainless steel on the outside, the inside is a nightmare with shelves that are too low, drawers that are too small, and side door compartments that are too narrow. In this blog I discuss LG's suite of refrigerators that are, in the words of the Three Bears, "just right".


I know everyone's budget is different, so I'll cover 4 stainless steel LG refrigerators that are all 'bottom mount' models, which means they have a freezer on the bottom. 



Technology in the Tub: New LG Dishwashers

by Blogger on ‎02-10-2014 07:39 AM - last edited on ‎02-11-2014 08:57 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

lg dishwasher with 3 racks int.jpgOur old dishwasher is on its last legs, and I'm excited! I've been educating myself about what's new in dishwasher technology, and I'm pleased to find that a lot has changed! So when my current "box-with-sprinkler-head-inside" dishwasher finally gives up the ghost, I'm ready to swoop in with a new choice right away.  At the top of my list - LG's dishwashers.  Here's why...



Learning to Love Laundry: LG Front Load Laundry pairs

by Blogger on ‎02-09-2014 01:52 PM - last edited on ‎10-15-2014 09:20 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

I’m pretty stoked writing about LG Washer & Dryers. I have a pair myself and have been very happy with them for 7 years.  A cool look was one of the reasons we were first drawn to an LG Front Load Laundry pair, but its reputation and reviews were what made us go ahead with the purchase.

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by Blogger on ‎11-21-2013 10:36 AM - last edited on ‎12-27-2013 01:18 PM by Blog Editor in Chief


There’s something cool about LG fridges, no pun intended. LG has become the #1 Refrigerator brand in Canada* and for good reason. You don’t just get a fridge you can rely on; you get so much more. More room, more organization and more design options. And you can never have too much storage capacity or too many organization solutions and design options. An LG fridge is everything your kitchen needs. You know what else you get more of? Choice. Choose between their larger, super and mega capacity refrigerators in 30”, 33” and 36” widths.


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