Chef Chuck Hughes’ Picks and Q&A

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There’s no question about it: Chef Chuck Hughes is passionate about food. It’s easy to see just how passionate when you witness him hosting his shows on the Food Network and the Cooking Channel, or winning big on Iron Chef America. Born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, he continues a legacy of world-class dining with two restaurants in his native city. Garde Manger and Le Bremner are both located in the picturesque Montreal Old Port and present hip, unpretentious haute cuisine that is uniquely Chef Hughes.

Chef, restaurateur, television host, cookbook author: he’s definitely a busy guy. However, we were lucky enough to sit him down long enough to answer a few questions, as well as pick his favorite BTR products, which can be found here.

1) How has it felt going from a local Montreal celebrity to a world-renowned Food Network super star? How do you stay so down to Earth?

I don’t know if I would say Food Network super star. I’m just a regular guy who has had things work out. I feel really fortunate to have had the chance to do what I do. As far as staying grounded – working with food keeps me humble. A carrot doesn’t care who you are.

2) How do you manage to balance your time? Writing a book, owning two restaurants, travelling, appearing on TV…it almost seems impossible for just one person!

Yeah, I’m crazy busy but at certain times of the year I’m able to take some time off. I also to try to regularly squeeze in some time for myself – it may be playing a late night hockey game on Monday night or shopping early Sat morning at the market, whatever I can fit in. Though I’m lucky, I love what I do and I find when you love what you do it’s pretty easy to get up and get going every morning.

3) What inspires you to create new meal ideas?

Travelling is a big inspiration for me. I was recently in Italy and that was amazing. The TV series Chuck’s Eat The Street has me travelling all over the U.S. meeting other chefs and food producers so I’m often being introduced to different techniques or new food ideas. I also do a lot of reading and of course tasting new things.

4) With today’s busy lifestyles, we’re all pressed for time. What are your best tips/short cuts in the kitchen?

Cooking gets this rap that to do it well it has to be complicated and takes time. I disagree. I don’t believe in short cuts, it’s more about being prepared. If you prepare and clean as you go along, cooking a terrific meal doesn’t take much time. Some tips? Set yourself up like a professional kitchen by getting your mise en place done – that way you can cook like a professional chef. You can also sear meats and make a sauce in the same pan – it’s fast and easy.

5) We know you are catering the Osheaga Music Festival this year. What are you making? How do you organize everything so that all the food comes out fresh and hot? And who are you most looking forward to seeing at the festival?

For the last couple of years we have catered the VIP backstage area of Osheaga. It’s an incredibly intense full-on three days. We have an amazing team of 45 cooks that make it happen. The dishes we offer often focus on all the food products that Montreal and Quebec are known for as well we have the best BBQ of the year! When it comes to actually watching the bands we don’t really have the time, as we are too busy feeding them. But I will try to sneak away and catch Portugal. The Man if I can.

6) Can you share one of your favorite (easy!) recipes with us?

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Can’t get enough Hughes? The third season of Chuck’s Eat the Street premieres on July 10th at 10pm on the Cooking Channel in the U.S.

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Congratulations to Our Credit Craze Winners!

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…but don’t worry! Even if you didn’t win a prize, if you shopped on Beyond the Rack from June 16th – 22nd, you have earned bonus credits!

Orders $75 – $99 – received a $10 credit

Orders $100 – $124 – received a $15 credit

Orders $125 + – received a $20 credit

Your total dollar value spent was used to calculate your credits earned.

Thank you for shopping!

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Our Top 3 Fave Summer Looks

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Summer Look #1: Printed Maxis/Day-to-night

Style icon, Jennifer Aniston proves that comfort and fashion can actually mix! A casual maxi dress looks effortlessly chic and can take you from daytime to date night in no time. Shop our fab assortment of colourful maxis and find your perfect style.

Summer Look #2: Daytime Brunch – “The LCD is the New “LBD”

We absolutely adore Reese Witherspoon’s electric blue frock! Liven up your look, like Reese, with fun LCD’s (little colored dresses) and pair them with even brighter accessories – the biggest trend this summer! Find your next frock in our Designer Destination, Summer’s Best Party Dress, and Summer Dress Blowout events.

Summer Look #3: Punchy Accessories

There is no such thing as color overload this summer! Pack on the punchy hues. From bright bags to fabulously funky footwear – we just can’t get enough of this summer trend! Check out the following events for all your brightly colored needs: Prada, Carla Ferreri, and Shoe & Tell.

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BTR Model Search Top 10

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Congratulations, ladies! See you at the next casting call!

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For more info on our Top 10, click here.

And keep an eye out for behind the scenes fun, here.

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Credit Craze – Win a trip to the Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino!

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We’re going crazy giving away credits… AND an amazing trip to Aruba!

Shop any BTR event June 16th through the 22nd to earn extra BTR credits, as well as a chance to win an incredible trip to the Aruba Mariott Resort & Stellaris Casino, as well as many other amazing prizes.

The more you shop, the more you earn. Here’s how it works:

Orders $75 – $99 – receive a $10 credit

Orders $100 – $124 – receive a $15 credit

Orders $125 + – receive a $20 credit

At the end of the promotion, your total dollar value spent will be used to calculate your credits earned.

We will send an email June 23rd providing you with your total credits earned. And then it’s time to shop!

Use your credits by July 4th, 2014 midnight ET.

What can you win?

Grand Prize: 5 night / 6 day trip to the Aruba Mariott Resort & Stellaris Casino and a $500 BTR credit – a $5000 value!


Additional prizes:

­ 5 winners recieve a $500 BTR credit

­ 5 winners receive a $250 BTR credit

Winners will be announced June 23rd!

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Grand prize is a trip for two to the Aruba Mariott Resort & Stellaris Casino. Winners will spend a 5 night/6 day stay.

Situated on Palm Beach, the Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino provides thoughtful sophistication with modern room decor while maintaining a sense of luxe minimalism. The eight-story complex includes 411 rooms, a pool with cascading waterfalls, seven bars and restaurants, full-service spa, and the island’s largest gaming facility. Their newest addition is the adults-only H2Oasis pool and lounge area.

Prize package includes:

- A sunset catamaran sail with De Palm Tours and a 3-course dinner as Simply Fish

- One-day cabana rental at the adults-only H2Oasis pool

- One dinner for two at La Vista’s Seafood Sensation buffet

- Complimentary wifi throughout the stay

Click here for more details about the resort.

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Behind the Scenes: BTR Model Search Top 25 Selection

Check out our Top 25 here

And keep a look out for other Behind the Scenes videos here to stay with us for every step of the process!

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BTR Model Search – Our Top 25!

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Congratulations to our top 25! We look forward to seeing you at our first casting call on June 14th!

Akerra T.

Alexandrine D.

Andreanne D.

Aya D.

Camille C.

Clodie C.

Elena D.

Erin E.

Jessani J.

Jessica T.

Joanie L.

Julia M.

Karina B.

Kim S.

Krystyna P.

Lauren V.

Maggie C.

Marie-Laurence B.

Marleine A.

Noemie M.

Rebecca P.

Tara B.

Theresa L.

Vanessa G.

Vicky B.

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Father’s Day Gift Guide Part 2

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Are you still having trouble finding the perfect gift for dad? Well, put your worries aside because we have even more events with more ideas coming this weekend!

Check out our Father’s Day Special on watches. Buy one watch for him, get one for yourself for free! Just look for the BOGO stamp.

If a watch is too predictable, get him ready for outdoor cookouts with our Summer Cooking event. Find BBQ tools, grills and more.

Not the gourmet chef in the family? On Sunday, we are featuring Blanc Men’s accessories from ties to cufflinks. He’ll definitely look spiffy in the boardroom.

For the dad who enjoys comfortable lounging in style, shop for his next perfect chair on Sunday with our Comfy Chairs for Dad event.

Your dad is the most important man in your life. Treat him to something nice and show him how much you care!

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Stylist’s Corner: Trending Swimwear

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This week we’re keeping the summer spirit alive with some super cute swimwear looks. Florals are a fun and fresh way to freshen up your poolside attire, and you’ll find those and many other sweet styles on sale this weekend.

Purple is the “it” color of the season and when you pair it with a fresh floral print like this bikini/cover-up combo you’ll have a no-fail, on-trend summer look. Add casual, yet chic white sandals and a neutral sun hat for the perfect complement.

Our second look is keeping the floral trend alive with a cobalt twist. If you want to stand out with a bold color, pair this wrap-around with a matching flowery bikini. Sandals with just a hint of blue and a large oversized tote are the perfect accessories to balance out this look.

Check them all out this weekend!

Hat: Resort Ready Hats, live now

Swimsuits, Cover-ups, and Bag: SAHA, live at 9am ET on Saturday May 31st

Sandals: Grendha and Teva for Women, live at 9am ET on Saturday May 31st

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Father’s Day Gift Guide

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He’s been there to wipe away your tears, to brighten your days with laughter, and has probably fixed more things around the house than you can count. That’s right, we’re talking about your dad.

But what do you get for your number 1 fan and hero? Not all dads are the same, so whether he’s professional, casual, or hands-on, we’ve got some great Father’s Day suggestions for you!

A Premium Watch: Have you had to adjust your schedule to accommodate “Dad time”? Help him stay on trend with a quality watch. Our Men’s Premium event has a wide selection of designer styles that compliment suits or his favorite pair of jeans.

Travel Luggage: Is your Dad constantly on the go? Replace his old, world-weary luggage with a brand new set. Our Luggage for the Mobile Business Professional event features 3-piece luggage sets, laptop bags and briefcases – perfect accessories that make him look and feel the part of the executive.

A Dress Shirt: Our Max Lauren event has your dad covered if he needs to dress to impress. Choose a plaid or striped pattern for him to wear with jeans, and try a bright color to transport his wardrobe to the 21st century.

A Tie: It may seem obvious and overdone, but there’s nothing wrong with getting him a tie, as long as it’s a nice one! Our Prada tie event ensures luxury and style when he has to suit up.

Stylish Footwear: Many dads will wear out their shoes until they’re nothing more than a sole and some fabric. Don’t let him wait that long and give him the gift of stylish kicks this Father’s Day. Check out our Clarks for Men event.

Kitchenware: Whether he’s a culinary mastermind or a cooking show fanatic, he’ll appreciate having his life made easier with new kitchen accessories. Pasta makers and pizza stones in our Norpro event will get him excited about cooking, and you’ll get to taste the benefit! And for even more fun, get him a unique appliance like the Hot Dog Pop Up Toaster.

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