John Gilchrist

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What is your latest release and what genre is it? My Favourite Restaurants: Calgary, Canmore and beyond (8th Edition) It’s a restaurant guide

Quick description: MFR8 contains reviews and recommendations for almost 300 of my favourite restaurants, markets, coffee shops and other food outlets in Calgary, the foothills and the mountains of southern Alberta. They’re all good, independent places and they range from the cheapest hidden gems to the glossiest high-priced joints.


Brief biography:
John Gilchrist has reviewed restaurants for CBC Radio in Calgary since 1980 and is the author of eleven National Best-Sellers and three apps on dining in southern Alberta. His current book My Favourite Restaurants; Calgary, Canmore and beyond (8th Edition) was released in 2013.

His weekly Off the Menu column appears in the Calgary Herald and he is a contributing editor for Avenue and Where Calgary magazines. He also writes regularly for Swerve, Harry, and Air Canada’s enRoute Magazine and is a member of San Pellegrino’s World’s Top Restaurants judging panel.

Gilchrist teaches Food and Culture programs for the University of Calgary and leads travel programs to culinary destinations such as Santa Fe, New York, Rome, and Paris.

Links to buy John’s book:
Bookstores, Indigo/Chapters, restaurants and farmers markets in and around Calgary

John’s promo links:

What are you working on now?
Regular food columns for the Calgary Herald and numerous magazine, and weekly restaurant reviews for CBC Radio.

John’s reading recommendation:
Will Ferguson’s 419

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