Frankie Solarik / Bar Chef
Co-owner of Toronto’s BarChef – rated by Food and Wine Magazine as one of the “top seven new and innovative bars in the world” – Frankie Solarik is a pioneer of the Modernist and contemporary approach to cocktails internationally.
Solarik's work has earned him international acclaim, being featured in The New York Times and on CNN, as well as a guest judge spot on The Food Network's popular competition program, "Top Chef Canada." He has been profiled in major national magazines, newspapers and television shows, including The National Post, WG Magazine, The Globe and Mail, Imbibe Magazine, Sharp Magazine, Global TV, City TV, BNN, and CBC.
Although many of his signature dishes feature complex flavours and spectacular presentations, employing everything from frozen carbon dioxide to hydrosols and blowtorches, at their very core the compositions depend on a "less is more" approach; a process rooted in balancing components that complement each other rather than contrast, regardless how many ingredients he is working with.
His approach is unique, his research impeccable. His colossal goal: to inspire others worldwide to adopt a completely new outlook in cocktail culture and to dramatically expand on the Modernist movement.