About the cook…
OK… Tartine is not my actual name… My name is Valentine, and no, I was not born on Valentine’s day!!!
I was born and raised in France, around Reims, in the Champagne’s region, lucky to have enjoyed the vineyard countryside most of my childhood. My love for food started early with my father being a very well know caterer in the region, Hubert Gerard Traiteur. As soon as I was in age to work, straight to the kitchen! Moved to Paris when was 18 to pursuit Hotel Management School. Then traveled to work in Hotels in Singapore, Paris, New Orleans, Toronto and now set in Vancouver.
About the cooking…
I wanted to share my passion for home made food. I enjoy good food whether it’s good for your body or for your soul. I love exploring all kinds of foods, but always go back to my French roots. There is something I will stick to: HOMEMADE!!!! Scratch is my motto, I do take pride in making it from zero, and using quality products (aka: loads of butter!!!). I will be sharing French cooking lessons, tips and recipes, my cooking experiences, articles and seasonal traditions. Please feel free to share your own with me! I have been doing a lot of cooking at home over the years, for my family and friends, and I can’t wait to share my passion with you! Bon appétit!
About the name…
Tartine in French, is a toasted piece of bread, on which you can pretty much lay whatever you want! And, it is, my long time French nickname, yes, yes, yes… long story…
Anyway, here I am, living in Canada, and pursuing my love for cooking, mixing things up with recipes from all around. Looking for a name that reflects my roots and also my on-going Canadian adventure, Tartine and Maple sounded like the perfect name! Is there any better ingredient than Maple to represent Canada?
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