Ivy Knight spent ten years cooking professionally before leaving restaurant kitchens to write full time. Her first big interview was Jacques Pepin, her second was Calvin Trillin – those two giants provided the best learning curve for breaking into the food writing business and have served her well thus far in a career spent interviewing everyone from Thomas Keller to Ruth Reichl. She’s had lunch with Anthony Bourdain (burgers), brunch with David Chang (charcuterie) and dinner with René Redzepi (fajitas). She has, on different occasions; stayed up all night drinking with Dave McMillan at Joe Beef, peeled turnips for April Bloomfield, shared sips from a bottle of Fernet with Fergus Henderson in her living room and glugs from a jug of moonshine with Sean Brock in a field. She has looked for gators in the deep South with Ben Shewry and cooked lobster for Albert Adria (turns out he’s allergic). She has drunk fine wine at Noma, and also chain smoked there after hours with the crew.
She has published two cookbooks and writes regularly for The Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star and Munchies. She grew up on Prince Edward Island and lives in Toronto with her husband Kerry and two dogs, Poppy and Dr. Nut.