Many a romp through France got me very dearly attached to saucisson sec. The count of Albertan charcutiers in business back then, and still, added up to a disheartening zero. There was, however, hope. Every visit to the west coast meant pilgrimage to Oyama’s stall at the Granville Island Market to get a fix. I’ve adored their rillettes, confits, terrines, sausages, dry cured meats, you name it. And this whole damn time I wondered how they got it all so right. Then I met John.
It was really, really hard not to make a reference in this post to Yoda or Mecca somewhere, and will likely be scorned for capitalizing both those words in the same sentence. John’s at the top of his game, and goes right to the top of the list of coolest people I’ve ever met in the world of food. Folks think they know their shit. They don’t. John does. A mini-series of videos wouldn’t be sufficient. It was a humbling visit.
Wonderfull video — very inspiring!!
Thanks so much.
I didnt think i could love Oyama anymore than I already do – but it just happened. John just gets it. Awesome.
What a great video/interview! I have to rank this
as one of your best (personal bias as an amateur
I wish more people thought about food like that…
Incredible, Kevin. Thanks for sharing.
Can’t wait to visit him next time we go.
And, as he is so careful about everything he does… wish he had a farmer growing his pigs.
But, that’s like the Canmore guys… its all about relationships and affordability…