Written By Jill Van Gyn Chefs / Folks / Out of Towners Mar 11, 2016 An Interview with the All-CAPS, Bro-centric Chef Jacques La Merde SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestIf you do an Internet search for Christine Flynn pre 2016 you would learn that she is the Executive Chef at iQ Food Co. in Toronto. You would also note that she is featured heavily on the “Top Christine Flynn Profiles” on LinkedIn. Just for fun run the experiment yourself. Got it? Now just type “Christine Flynn”…Escalated quickly, didn’t it?Yes, Christine Flynn is Chef Jacques La Merde – the Instagram phenomenon, who rose to fame over the past year, garnering over 125k followers. La Merde, the slightly hysterical, all-caps-brandishing, bro-centric chef, plated stunning dishes of haute-junk-food cuisine from a selection of the finest ingredients 7-Eleven has to offer and blasted them all over the Internet. The identity of La Merde was hotly contested and when Flynn outed herself on Bravo’s Top Chef this past January the Internet erupted with commentary. She told Eat Magazine, in advance of her appearance at the Terroir Symposium in Toronto on April 25, that the response was “mostly positive…there have been a few people who have gotten annoyed, but the whole point of satire is that it starts a dialogue.”The rouse was a creative outlet for Flynn in the highly competitive, often over-the-top world fine dining. “I just thought it would be funny to combine the two opposite ends of the spectrum: Super fine dining plates with gas station snacks… it was just a fun way to be creative and blow off some steam.” Flynn didn’t have an extensive creative process for putting together the plates. “I go to a gas station and see what looks weird. Then I bring everything back to my apartment and spend about 5 minutes knocking together a plate.” PowerAde gel? Definitely. Dunk-A-Roos? Fair game. Spam? How could you not?But Flynn is much more than an Internet phenomenon. She is a veteran food advocate and an industry front-runner for menu creation, and restaurant and event management. She has strong family ties and credits her time at the dinner table to her success. “My parents made a choice early on that we would sit down together as a family each night for dinner…I learned a lot of what I know about food by sitting at our table and eating whatever was set down in front of me”. Her mother, who went back to do a PhD at the age of 55, also influenced her style of practice “She taught me that you should always read and to do your best to listen to what other people have to say. This has helped me to be humble and to stay curious, which I think are both important qualities in a cook.”Christine Flynn may have made a name for herself through the wildly fun persona of Jacques La Merde but Flynn, as a chef, can certainly stand on her own.Christine Flynn, Executive Chef, iQ Food Co., Instagram @chefjacqueslamerdeJacques La Merde will be speaking at Terroir Symposium, which takes place in Toronto on April 25.Terroir Hospitality brings together innovative and creative influencers from the field of hospitality, including chefs, food and beverage experts, writers and businessleaders. To see the full schedule and to buy tickets visit http://www.terroirsymposium.comPhoto credit: Galdones Photography SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Jill Van Gyn ... Read More You may also like Chefs / Events / Wine Events May 3, 2017 It’s true love when Chef Meets BC Grape Nowhere else can you taste so much great food paired with so much exceptional BC VQA wine. At Chef Meets BC Grape, you can sip from hundreds of wines ... Read More Chefs / Elsewhere / Out of Towners May 2, 2016 Terroir Hospitality Symposium: 10-years on and still going strong Last Monday (April 26), Terroir Symposium, Canada’s most influential gathering of the biggest and brightest culinary minds, celebrated its 10th ... Read More Chefs / Restaurants March 17, 2016 A Throwback Throw Down: Atlas Pop Up Event #1, Part and Parcel The restaurant industry in Victoria in the early 2000s, for those who were manning the dish pits, doing prep, and plating salads, was a transient ... Read More Causes / Chefs March 16, 2016 Syrian-Inspired Dinner at Cook Culture to Help A New Victoria Family One chef, three hours, seven dishes, and an exciting introduction to Syrian cooking. Well known local Chef Cosmo Meens is pairing up with Cook ... Read More Chefs / Victoria November 19, 2015 What Chefs are Cooking this Season: Read On We asked a few of our local chefs to share with us their current go-to fall favourites. We saw roasted squashes, creamy beets, wild mushrooms, spices ... Read More Chefs November 10, 2015 James Barber Fundraiser for Providence Farm Fire and Smoke Long Table Dinner One of the top charitable dinners of the year, the James Barber Fundraiser at Providence Farms brings together the best chefs of the area to ... Read More Comments are closed.