St. John’s restaurant Raymonds will be featured on “The Chef’s Domain” on Discovery World Tuesday.
— Photo by Rhonda Hayward/The Telegram
The Jeremys — Bonia and Charles, owners of St. John’s restaurant Raymonds — kick off a new season of a cooking show on Discovery World next week.
“The Chef’s Domain” premieres Tuesday with the first episode focusing on sommelier Bonia and chef Charles foraging for the ingredients — fresh game and scallops — for a dinner to celebrate the restaurant’s second anniversary.
Bonia said the show contacted them last year, and filming was done in October and November. He said the duo were already familiar with an earlier iteration of the show, as it had featured Tak Ishiwata of Basho a few years ago.
“Tak was actually the first Newfoundland representative on the show originally,” said Bonia. “They came to the province with a film crew, and we took them out diving for scallops in Trinity Bay — and some urchin, too — and we took them out in the boats for the day, and we took them on a partridge hunt down on the southern short. And then we went foraging for mushrooms in Logy Bay — we took them to all the sites: Cape Spear, Fort Amherst, Signal Hill, and took them around town as well. We gave them a picture of where we get our ingredients from, the people we deal with.”
Bonia hasn’t seen the complete episode, just clips, and notes with amusement the video has been edited to appeal to a television audience.
“It’s us running around madly to try to get things done in time, because the clock’s ticking, when really it wasn’t that big of a rush or anything,” he said. “They added a bit of drama in there, but we think it’s going to be a great episode.”
It’s not the first time the restaurant will have been featured on television — Charles was a guest chef on “The Shopping Bags,” where he shared Raymonds’ moose ravioli.
Bonia’s reluctant to say if Raymonds — named the best new restaurant in Canada by En Route magazine shortly after it opened — has become an ambassador for Newfoundland cuisine, but it’s a role he relishes.
“We’ve just been fortunate that we’ve been invited to a lot of events,” he said.
“Jeremy (Charles) was in Boston just this past weekend with a group of Canadian chefs and American chefs raising money for a farm aid group in the States, and they put on a dinner just two nights ago. And we’re going to Toronto, I leave tomorrow, for an event at Langdon Hall. We’ve been fortunate. We have some good friends across the country, and we’ve met more people as we’ve been doing these things, and we love that idea. We love the idea of promoting the province. We’re here for a reason, and it’s because we love being here. We love the people here and the food culture here and what it can become, and it’s great to see everybody on board with that.”