DC’s Centre for Food Shows Off Kitchen Hacks for Daily Planet’s Seriously?!

Does chopping an onion bring a tear to your eye? Culinary students and employees at Durham College’s (DC) Centre for Food (CFF) can help you better survive dinner prep with handy kitchen tricks, which were recently featured on a segment of the Daily Planet’s Seriously?! hosted by Jay Ingram and filmed at the CFF.

The segment, which aired on the Discovery Channel on Thursday, May 21, followed Chef Dave Hawey, professor and program coordinator for the Culinary Skills program, along with culinary students as they walked Ingram through a series of “kitchen hacks” that are sure to make cooking a little easier.

“This was a fun way to share tricks that we, as chefs, have learned along the way that can help everyone in the kitchen,” Hawey said. “It was also a good opportunity for our students to do something a little different, while sharing the skills they have acquired during their studies.”


A total of eight kitchen hacks were displayed during the segment, some of which included:

  • Preventing tears while cutting an onion
  • Sharpening knives on a cup
  • Separating egg yolks
  • Cutting cake to avoid dry edges

The CFF is Durham Region’s first-ever post-secondary presence focused on the field-to-fork concept, which is based on the harvesting, storage, processing, packaging, sale and consumption of food – in particular the production of local food for local consumers.

Supported by ambassador and celebrity chef Jamie Kennedy, the CFF can accommodate 900 students studying in culinary, hospitality, event management, food science, and agricultural and horticultural programs, completing the full cycle of farming to the preparation, serving and celebration of food.

For more information about DC’s Centre for Food, visit www.durhamcollege.ca/cff