This Fable has a happy ending – The Globe and Mail
Not all fairy tales have happy endings. Just think of Little Red Riding Hood devoured by a wolf. Or poor Dale MacKay, who recently shuttered his two Vancouver restaurants a year after winning the first Top Chef Canada contest.
But let me tell you the story of a new eatery called Fable that’s off to an exceptionally promising start.
There once was a young cook named Trevor Bird. After travelling all over the world (from Truffert in Montreal to an NGO in Peru), he still yearned for a place to call home. As our true reality TV tale begins, he is working as chef de partie at Vancouver’s Shangri-La hotel, a corporate environment that makes him very unhappy because he can’t exercise his creativity. Or at least this is how he keeps explaining his situation on Top Chef Canada, Season 2.
In the show’s early weeks, Mr. Bird appears to be the least confident contender. In one episode, he famously loses his cool when a teammate sends a bowl of macaron batter flying across the studio kitchen. “Why are you still cooking?” he cries, down on his knees, mopping the floor. “And why am I cleaning up your mess?”
Sure enough, it doesn’t take many challenges for Mr. Bird to stretch his proverbial wings. After a couple of bright successes – pork-rind-coated chicken drumsticks here, a “wicked” plate of deconstructed spaghetti-and-meatballs there – his fellow contestants begin referring to him as the “dark horse” to watch out for.