David McMillan and Frédéric Morin are co-owners of Joe Beef, Liverpool House and Vin Papillon. Born and raised in Quebec City, David grew up playing hockey, digging holes in snowbanks and watching Wok with Yan. Upon moving to Montreal he was in the illegal herbal supplements business before attending the Institute de Tourisme et d’Hotellerie Quebec, in his words: “a bad cooking school.” David has worked as a tournant at both La Crémaillèrie in Auxey-Duresses and Thibert in Dijon. When he turned 13 Fred’s grandfather gave him a smoker. He attended L’école hôtelière des Laurentides where he remembers (amongst otherthings) classes being held at a vacated steakhouse named “Pep” as the school was under renovations. Pastry classes were held in the coat check. After graduation he worked at the ebullient Jean Talon market selling peppers and onions. When not at the restaurant(s) Fred can be found gardening, building a cot in his home workshop or spending time with his 3 kids and wife (and Joe Beef co-partner) Allison. Likewise, David can be found in the woods of Bark Lake, painting, working on his cottage or canoeing with his two daughters and wife Julie. Fred and David are co-authors of 2011’s “The Art of Living According to Joe Beef”.
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