Maestro Chef Wes

City: Atlantic
Producer: Lauchlan Ough
Host: Wes Williams aka Maestro Fresh Wes

Maestro Fresh Wes travels New Brunswick as Maestro Chef Wes, sourcing local ingredients, culture, and musicians for a rocking house party. One part cooking show, one part documentary, and 100% fresh, Maestro Chef Wes gives audiences a once-in-a-lifetime perspective of New Brunswick culture through the eyes of a Hip Hop icon.

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Season 1

Episode 1 - Fresh For Myles

Chef Wes travels to Fredericton to make a culinary collaboration with singer David Myles. The two music makers cook up a storm in this special vegetarian throwdown that ends with an acoustic version of one of Maestro's classics.

Episode 2 - Surf N’ Slide

Maestro may know hip hop, but rockin' hip-waiters while picking oysters in Prince Edward Island is a different tune. He connects with Chef Charlotte Langley, who prepares fresh lobster rolls while Maestro cooks up his backbone sliders.

Episode 3 - Soul Food

Chef Wes goes to North Preston, Nova Scotia to visit Chef Karen Provo, who invites Maestro to R&B Kitchen for some soul food. Singers Kaleb Simmonds and Cyndi Cain then circle Maestro for a magical music moment.

Episode 4 - Stick To Your Fishin’

Maestro connects with celebrity chef Jesse Vergen and go fishing in Quispamsis, New Brunswick. Later, they go to Kingston Peninsula to cook up a feast. The Guyanese-inspired fish tacos are served with some freestyle beats on the side by Maestro and local MC Stephen Hero.

Episode 5 - Cookin’ With Class

Maestro visits Dartmouth, Nova Scotia for a sit down with hip hop veteran Classified about their classic track Hard to Be Hip Hop and make some new music. Chef Renée Lavellée then enters the scene to show how to make a Canadian lobster and Asian-inspired noodle salad for a backyard blowout.

Episode 6 - Scorchin’ In Bay Fortune

Maestro returns to Prince Edward Island to cook with Celebrity Chef Michael Smith on his culinary farm at the famous Inn At Bay Fortune. Chef Wes tackles a freshly line-caught bluefin tuna turning them into wood-fired skewers blazed with a maple miso glaze.

Season 2

Episode 1 - Grand Slam on Grand Manan

Maestro and DJ Octopussy explore Grand Manan in New Brunswick. The duo creates a meal using their foraged ingredients, featuring lobster cantaloupe salad, panko-fried goat cheese, and crispy dulse chips. The day concludes with an outdoor dinner by the ocean and a concert by Maestro.

Episode 2 - Let your salmon slide

Maestro joins celebrity chef Roger Mooking in Charlotte County along the southern coast of New Brunswick. They visit Rossmount Inn to create a three-melon salad with Swiss chef Chris Aerni. The duo then learns chocolate truffle dipping at Ganong Chocolatier and joins Beer Daddy to smoke salmon on the beach.

Episode 3 - Cookin’ with Kardi

Maestro Fresh Wes is joined by rapper and producer Kardinal Offishal in his new hometown, Saint John, New Brunswick. Acre Architect’s Monica Adair invites them to a dinner party where Maestro will be chef. In the kitchen, Maestro and Kardinal prepare Jamaican Jerk Chicken Tacos with Pineapple Salsa.

Episode 4 - The Ways of the Wolastoq

Maestro is joined by Mi’kmaq rapper Wolf Castle to explore the Wolastoq River and learn about local indigenous culture. Later, Stone Bear takes them eel fishing at night, then the next day teaches them to prepare it over an open fire on the shores of the river.

Episode 5 - Radio VS Radio

Maestro meets up with Jacques and Gabriel of bilingual rap duo Radio Radio to explore New Brunswick’s Acadian culture and have a little friendly cooking competition. Jacques and Gabriel teach Maestro how to cook chicken fricot, a real Acadian comfort food, according to their respective family recipes, each arguing that their version is the best. The winner is declared at dinner, followed by some drinks and a casual rap session.

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