Les Petits Chefs make fish tacos with Matt Basile at Lisa Marie

As soon as the boys found out where they were headed on a field trip for cooking club this week, they immediately asked “Are we going to deep fry something?”  Matt Basile, chef/ owner of Lisa Marie restaurant and the popular food truck, Priscilla (also a rock star in the boys’ eyes), is popularly known in cooking club circles as “deep fried pizza guy”. The first time we visited, the boys made deep fried mini meatball pizzas (hence the nickname), then Buffalo chicken patty melts and last time, we made bacon and egg nachos.   The boys LOVE visiting Lisa Marie because Matt is so much fun, makes awesome food and has a wall full of graffiti on the way to the washroom that they love to read 😉

Matt’s also the author of a cookbook and happens to be catering a charity dinner themed on his book for me in a few weeks.  I was choosing the menu on the weekend for this dinner and in my “research”, I bookmarked pretty much most of the book as potential menu items. One item I marked but realised we couldn’t make due to lack of deep fryer at the dinner location was fish tacos so I was thrilled when he emailed me “Fish tacos for the boys?”. I was over the moon!  The boys would also make guacamole and a couple of different salsas to top the tacos and we got right to work as soon as we arrived.

Mise en place for salsa at Lisa Marie on eatlivetravelwrite.com Red cabbage on eatlivetravelwrite.com Kids chopping red onions on eatlivetravelwrite.comKids mincing garlic on eatlivetravelwrite.comKids chopping limes on eatlivetravelwrite.comKids making guacamole on eatlivetravelwrite.com Blistering pepper skins on eatlivetravelwrite.com(yes we got to use big knives and lit some fires on the grill for blistering the pepper skins)

Matt showed the boys how to make both guacamole and a fresh tomato salsa with their hands..

Kids mashing avocado for guacamole on eatlivetravelwrite.com Hand crushed salsa on eatlivetravelwrite.comI mean, a cooking club session where you get to use latex gloves, there’s nothing more exciting. Except maybe when you get to use the eye bath because you have wiped jalapeño fingers in your eyes. Thankfully noone did this. We did let Matt cut the jalapeõs though…

Chopping jalapenos on eatlivetravelwrite.comFresh salsa on eatlivetravelwrite.comMatt showed the boys how to season the fish before it goes into the fryer…

Prepping fish for fish tacos on eatlivetravelwrite.comAnd then the boys got to assembling their tacos…

Kids prepping fish nachos on eatlivetravelwrite.com Kids at Lisa Marie making fish nachos on eatlivetravelwrite.comSo many colourful choices. You can’t go wrong trying to get as much colour on your plate as possible..

Matt showed the boys how it’s done…

Lisa Marie fish taco on eatlivetravelwrite.comAnd they got to work…

Kids assembling fish tacos on eatlivetravelwrite.com Kids tacos by kids on eatlivetravelwrite.com Fish nachos by kids on eatlivetravelwrite.comI say you can always gauge the “delicious” factor based on how quiet the room is and once everyone was done assembling, it was pretty darned quiet 😉

Thank you Matt for welcoming us into your kitchen once again (and on a day when you were do busy with other catering prep!). The boys love working with you and your enthusiasm for cooking is infectious.  I don’t think I’m wrong when I say anyone who cooks with Matt comes away thinking “Hey, cooking is cool!” You make it look so easy 😉

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(647) 748-6822

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2 thoughts on “Les Petits Chefs make fish tacos with Matt Basile at Lisa Marie”

  1. Mmmm…I was thinking of these, smacking my lips, when Mardi and I went through Street Food Diaries on the weekend. Wish I had been there with the boys! 🙂

    Looking forward to our charity dinner event: once again, Matt shows how generous the chef community is.


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