Cooking Program for Men - By Peter Graben
ManChef Welcomes Summer

Helping men, women and children learn the foundation of becoming a good cook.

This is a cooking school designed to meet the specific needs of all who want more confidence in the kitchen. We know that everyone cooks for different reasons - to impress friends, improve health, save money, or even to get your mind off the stresses of work. It's fun, flexible and practical.

Summer is an interesting season: While the bounty of fresh summer produce can all but make you forget about meat, the smell of backyard grilling makes you crave it. Striking a balance is the key. Elevate the mighty grill from hot dog warmer to culinary creator. With that in mind, here are two favourite summery recipes:

Grilled Chickena la ManChef
4 Servings


  • 1 lime, Juiced - 52460
  • 12 oz. light beer - 97829
  • 1 tsp honey - 91235
  • 2 cloves of fresh garlic minced - 52738 or 60031
  • 2 tbsp of fresh chopped cilantro - 52790
  • Salt - 53048
  • Pepper - 93848
  • 4 skin/boneless chicken breasts - 22182
  • 1 tbsp olive oil - 54869

1. In a bowl, mix the juice, beer, honey, garlic, cilantro, olive oil, ginger, salt & pepper until the honey dissolves. Pour the mixture over the chicken, cover & marinate for 30 mins.

2. Preheat an outdoor grill for medium heat & lightly oil grate.

3. Remove chicken from the marinade and shake off excess; discard remaining marinade. Grill chicken until tender and juices run clear, about 7 minutes per side.

Grilled Smash Potatoes


  • 16 small potatoes,
    mix variety of red - 6374 and/or white - 6420 skinned.
  • 2 tbsp olive oil - 54869
  • 2 tbsp roughly chopped fresh rosemary leaves, divided - 64513
  • Kosher salt - 93849
  • Pepper - 93848
1. Scrub potatoes and place in a medium saucepan. Add cold water to completely cover potatoes. Bring water to a boil over medium-high heat, add 1 tablespoon kosher salt, and reduce heat to a simmer. Cook potatoes until a paring knife can slide into the center of the potato with no resistance, about 20 minutes. Strain potatoes and let sit until cool enough to handle.

2. Arrange potatoes on a baking sheet. Gently smash each potato with the palm of your hand until split open, but not breaking apart. Brush potatoes with olive oil and season to taste with salt, pepper, and half of the rosemary. Flip potatoes, oil and season second side.

3. Place potatoes on grill and cook until lightly browned and crisped, about 5 minutes per side. Remove potatoes to a platter, sprinkle with remaining rosemary to taste, and serve immediately.

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Peter's Cooking Tips & Tricks

Tongs are an extension of your hand. Walk into any kitchen and you'll see a set of tongs in almost every cook's hand-usually gripped low down on the handle for maximum control. Use it to flip meat, pull a pan out of the oven, and stabilize a steak while slicing.

Peter Talks to the Toronto Star

ManChef teaches Toronto men cooking basics.
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