When the Michelin Guide came to town, even the mildly food-inclined folks of Toronto sat up and took notice. Suddenly, in place of the Google reviews and friendly recommendations of old, diners began learning the names of head chefs and trawling through their resumes like job recruiters. While it's true that Toronto's food scene has grown up, and the city's best restaurants are better than ever, it certainly didn't happen overnight.

For Daniele Corona, success has been in the making over the past 20 years. The chef-partner at College Street's new dining destination DaNico brings decades of grit, determination and experience to this passion project. After working in top kitchens and Michelin-starred restaurants in Rome and Milan, Corona moved to Toronto to assume the executive chef role at Don Alfonso, where he would go on to net the restaurant a Michelin star of its own in 2022.

For the first episode of our third season of In the Kitchen with Foodism, we follow chef Corona and his team to see what goes into the running of a swanky Toronto dining room. Stay tuned: For our six-part series, in partnership with George Brown College, we'll share a day-in-the-life of one of Toronto's top sommeliers, maître d's and pastry chefs to find out how they cemented their spot in the industry.

Want to know what happens at one of Toronto's top kitchens before you get to your table? Watch Daniele Corona's episode above.

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