For this “Moments with Mark” we decided to ask him about life in 1987, which was popularly known for having the the largest one-day stock market crash in history. During this time, Mark McEwan was a young chef who was learning the ropes and taking risks.
Back in March of that year Mark is pictured with Marion Kane, a veteran food editor at the Toronto Sun who has cooked for the likes of Julia Child. Here he shows her the art of pasta making.
When the above photo was taken you were still the co-owner of Pronto Ristorante. What was it like opening your first restaurant?
One word: Terrifying. There was no guarantee on your next pay cheque and I had a baby on the way.
What was the biggest struggle as a young chef in Toronto?
Getting established in Toronto was the biggest struggle. For me, it was all about getting your foot in the door.
The Giants won their first Super Bowl that year against the Broncos. Which NFL team are you rooting for these days?
Always the Buffalo Bills.
At the age of 16, Lance Armstrong decided to start his career as a professional athlete in 1987. Other than pursuing a career in the restaurant industry, did you have any other aspirations growing up?
A fighter pilot. Go figure!
On August 7, 1987, Canadian Olympic Gold Medalist Sidney Crosby was born. Fun fact: he is extremely superstitious. Do you have any rituals or traditions specifically when opening a new restaurant?
No Superstitions. Opening a restaurant is terrifying. So just hang on and hope you get it right.
Michael Jackson released his 7th studio album “Bad” that year. Who are you a bigger fan of: MJ or Prince?
In September of 1987 Joe Biden withdrew from the President nomination race. This year Barack Obama will be finishing his term. Who do you think will win the handle of @POTUS (President of the United States)?
Jeb Bush or John Kasich of Ohio