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About Paula Costa:

Growing up in a Portuguese household with a large extended family in Kitchener, Ont., Paula Costa has been eating the food of great cooks for her whole life. Her own culinary journey started in her early 20s. As she grew more confident in her cooking, she began to improvise and develop her own creations. Paula learned to become fearless in the kitchen and try anything.

Paula started her blog, Dragon’s Kitchen, as a way to share recipes with friends and family, but was pleasantly surprised when strangers began visiting the blog and leaving comments. It encouraged her to continue and expand how she used it. Social media has opened up an entire "foodie" world of new people and experiences for Paula. She finds that "each new meeting or outing expands my knowledge, increases my passion and (I hope) makes my blog better."

Paula recently recreated the entire first class dinner menu that was served on the Titanic on the night the ship sank. The 11-course dinner commemorated the 100th anniversary of the ill-fated voyage and it caught the attention of the Toronto Star, Toronto Life, Waterloo Region Record and New York Post.

Paula works as a computer systems analyst for the City of Kitchener.

About Peter Minaki:

Peter is the founder of the Kalofagas food blog, which focuses on Greek and Mediterranean foods. Kalofagas is Greek for “gourmet” and the blog began as a means to introduce the depths of Greek cuisine. Known for adding twists to his recipes, Peter balances his posts between traditional, reworked, and his own recipes by gathering inspiration from his yearly trips to Greece. He endlessly promotes the diversity of Greek cuisine, all while maintaining a significant interest in various other foods and cultures. Always curious, he refers to himself as “a tourist in my own town” and welcomes every opportunity to try new foods. Peter is a frequent contributor to Greece’s Free Press gastronomy website and his recipes have been featured in Canadian Living Magazine.

Taco Takedown Featured Chefs: Paula Costa and Peter Minaki


Find yourself at the intersection of food, music and culture in this fun-filled spicy celebration.

Help us kick off Hot & Spicy's 15th anniversary with a bang as we crown the best tacos in the city! This Mexican dish has officially invaded Toronto, but we need your help to determine which taco reigns supreme!

Top chefs from across the city will share their own spin on this tasty snack. Purchase a sampler platter of these creations and you’ll get to determine the winner!

Take in the ambience of our pop-up taqueria – savour tacos, music and other delicious treats. It’s a perfect kick-off to a weekend full of celebrations!

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