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Celebrity chefs Yves Lowe and Jeremy Charles set for “Mythik” reunion at Montréal enLumière

    Lowe and Charles talk about food.-Marie-Pierre Ferland, Zazoom Photo

    There are a lot of interesting storylines for the upcoming 25th edition of Montréal en Lumière (Feb. 22 to March 10), which focuses on dining, outdoor skating and live entertainment, but perhaps none more compelling than a reunion involving two of this country’s most celebrated chefs: Yves Lowe, the executive chef at the Bell Centre and Newfoundland’s Jeremy Charles.

    Lowe and Charles first met 25 years ago when they were learning the ropes of the business at a popular restaurant on St. Laurent Blvd.  called Mediterraneo. They became friends but ended up going their separate ways.  Last fall Charles was at the Bell Centre and he paid Lowe an unexpected visit. The two got to talking and agreed it would be fun to work together again in the kitchen. Doing so as part of the prestigious Montréal en Lumière made a lot of sense. A few weeks ago Lowe traveled to Newfoundland for a few days, where Charles heads the kitchen and co-owns St. Raymonds Restaurant. The two brainstormed about special menus and those lucky enough to sample the cuisine at Mythik at the Bell Centre on March 8 and 9 will experience once-in-a-lifetime culinary experiences. 

    Mythik, like the other high-end restaurants at the Bell Centre under Lowe’s watch, is only open before and during Canadiens games or special events such as concerts. They will make an exception on March 8  (7 pm to 11 pm) when anyone can make a booking. However, on March 9 (4 pm to 8 pm) only those people with tickets to the Canadiens game vs. the Maple Leafs can get a reservation. The restaurant sets 160.

    Let the record state that I have yet to dine at Mythik nor any of the other Bell Centre dining spots Lowe oversees, such as 9-4-10 Steakhouse, Canti Osteria, Bazarette, or La Mise Au Jeu. This is something I intend to correct,  I hope to begin soon.

    Lowe and Charles share a common passion for hockey and gastronomy, so all of the ingredients are set to come together in this hockey and concert venue steeped in history, allowing the two collaborators to cook up a perfect culinary match! We are told that this gastronomic experience will be punctuated by an immersion into the worlds of Yves and Jeremy through projections that bring together anecdotes, memories, and flavors that have shaped their culinary identity and journeys.

    “I am really excited to welcome Jeremy to my team for these special dinners,” said Lowe, who has no less than 120 cooks and 30 dishwashers working for him.

    This marks Lowe’s eighth year at the helm at the Bell Centre. He is proud to promote Mythik for having a  “farm to table” à la carte menu featuring a selection of individual plates, all beautifully created to highlight some of Montreal’s best local products. Here you can enjoy signature cocktails, carefully mixed, stirred, or shaken to your taste as well as a selection of more than 800 bottles of wine

    Charles and Lowe in St. John’s. -Marie-Pierre Ferland, Zazoom Photo

    Born in St. John’s, Charles moved to Montreal at the age of 19 to pursue culinary arts at St. Pius X Career Centre in Ahuntsic, eventually landing a job at Mediterraneo. His passion for fly tying and fishing for Atlantic salmon led him to his dream job, working as a chef at a prestigious fishing camp in northern Quebec. He later found himself a regular at the Fulton fish market in Chicago, where he worked as a personal chef and honed his skills at many of Chi-Town’s top tables. Jeremy’s connection to his roots brought him back to his hometown and at the helm of Atlantica in Portugal Cove. In 2010, he went on to open Raymonds with partner Jeremy Bonia.  In 2018  he was featured on the late Anthony Bourdain’s popular Parts Unknown TV series, hunting and preparing food with the renowned American chef. In 2017, the New York Times called Charles a “visionary chef” in an article about the burgeoning food scene in St. John’s. Raymonds consistently ranks among the top restaurants in the country according to Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants list.

    Mythik is accessible from the Rio Tinto VIP, Entrance via Cour, 1909 Av. des Canadiens-de-Montréal. You can call   (514) 492-1775 or log on to centrebell.ca/fr/restaurants/mythik 

    For more on the  Montréal en Lumière program, go to this link:https://www.montrealenlumiere.com/Gastronomie/Lieu/5512

    And yes, restaurant review to come!

    Tony Medeiros

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