FIT TO LIVE | Kyle Michael
We sat down with Saskatoon restaurant owner and chef, Kyle Michael to chat career path and his ability to utilize resources. All of this, while doing our best not to be distracted by our indulgence of his culinary talents.
Tell us a bit about yourself and what you do.
My name is Kyle Michael, I am the Chef and owner of The Hollows and Primal Pasta.
We are inspired by the idea of striving for your dreams – what spurred the decision to start up The Hollows and later Primal Pasta?
I moved here (with my wife Christie) to start our own restaurant, so that we could do things the way we wanted to do them – so I can do what I want, when I want.
Has cooking and food preparation always come naturally to you? How did you become an expert in the kitchen?
No, it takes a lot of work and experience. I started young, and I’m still learning.
I love eating but am inexperienced in the kitchen. What tips do you have for people out there like me?
One tip I have is keep making the same thing over and over again until you get good at it.
I remember a few years ago watching a video of you utilizing the entirety of an animal in your cooking. Can you touch on your views of the importance of doing this and how difficult it may be to incorporate into your dishes?
Sustainability is a governing principle for both of our restaurants. Food scraps from the restaurants become food for the animals we use. It is important for us to use the whole animal because of the energy spent raising it. And although it is difficult to learn the techniques required to utilize the whole animal, once you have them, it’s a much more fulfilling way to cook.
A lot of the ingredients you bring into your restaurants are handpicked, can you touch on how ingredients are selected for your dishes?
We have relationships with many farmers, as well as our own horticulturist on staff. We use what they have available and do what we can to make them delicious.
What is coming up in the future for you? Is there anything you can share with the readers and us?
Won’t stop, Can’t stop.
Favourite dish at The Hollows?
Favourite dish at Primal Pasta?
Beef heart Bolognese.
Favourite place to ride the dirt bike?
What is your dream bike?
Any bike I actually have time to ride.
The best thing about running your own business?
Being your own boss.
Take our advice and stop by to get a taste of what Kyle and Christie are doing in Saskatoon. From casual cocktails and teas to savoury breakfasts or supper dates, these guys are not messing around.