Focus Montreal: Lesley Chesterman talks food, nostalgia and feeling just like home

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Just Like Home is a Global News series that explores where people go to have a little taste of home. Lesley Chesterman explains why food can bring up such a strong sense of nostalgia – Jun 24, 2018

Focus Montreal introduces Montrealers to people who are shaping our community by bringing their stories into focus.

It airs Saturday at 5:30 p.m., as well as Sunday at 7:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and midnight.

This week on Focus Montreal, we’re kicking off summer with a gastronomic trip around the world.

#JustLikeHome: Lesley Chesterman talks food, nostalgia

Montreal Gazette food critic Lesley Chesterman joined senior anchor Jamie Orchard as they discussed Just Like Home, a new Global News series that explores where people go in the city to experience a little taste of home.

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The four-part series brings viewers on a culinary journey to Singapore, Haiti, the Philippines and India via four different Montreal-area restaurants.

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Chesterman said each segment evoked a different theme, from nostalgia to food memory, customs and education.

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She explained how food and smells have the power to carry you home and can be a source of comfort to those feeling nostalgic.

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Just like home: A new food series – May 24, 2018
“I think that it’s so important for people [to know that] when you’re homesick or just missing anything, the first thing you can do is find food [from home],” she said.
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“When you find the food, you find the people that go with the food and you automatically feel better.”

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While Montreal is known for its French bistros, Chesterman said things are changing.

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“You know, it’s funny,” she said. “We always say Toronto and Vancouver are the cities with so much diversity, which is true, but Montreal is catching up.”

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And with that diversity comes an opportunity for all Montrealers to not only discover but enjoy different foods and customs.

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