Interview with the “3 Chefs”: Michael Bonacini, Massimo Capra and Jason Parsons

Talented trio Michael Bonacini, Massimo Capra and Jason Parsons bring the art of fresh seasonal cuisine to the home kitchen (Hello! Canada)

Three prominent cooks, one kitchen. It’s easy to see how such a scenario could end in disaster. But for the guest chefs on Citytv’s CityLine – restaurateurs Michael Bonacini, Massimo Capra and Jason Parsons – a crowded kitchen has led to dynamic television for more than 10 years. Indeed, the trio have enjoyed their collaboration so much that they’ve now co-auth- ored a new cookbook, 3 Chefs: The Kitchen Men.

While they differ in disposition and background, all three share a devotion to delicious home cooking – particularly on special occasions
like Thanksgiving.

“It’s beautiful to get the family together,” says Massimo, the 50-year-old (but “18 at heart”) co-owner of Toronto’s Mistura Restaurant and Sopra Upper Lounge. “Planning is the key to a successful Thanksgiving,” adds the chef, who has been married to his wife, Rosa, for 24 years and has two sons, Andrew, 22, and Daniel, 20. “I come from a family where we sit down at lunch and plan dinner, and at dinner we plan lunch again.”

The animated, moustachioed Massimo learned the foundations of cooking while growing up in Italy. His parents struggled to make a living as farmers, but there was always plenty on the kitchen table. “My mother raised a barnyard full of chickens and other birds. Food, we were not short of, ever.” From his humble beginnings he went on to train at some of Italy’s most luxurious restaurants, eventually landing in Toronto.

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