Prior to moving to Prince Edward County in 2003 from Toronto, Michael
Potters had cooked in some of Toronto’s finest restaurants for a span of
over two decades: Café des Copains, Auberge Gavroche, Estates of
Sunnybrook, Ivory, Rosewater Supperclub, and Accolade to name but a few.
His attention to detail, respect for traditional techniques and
adoration of food’s natural beauty are what set his cuisine apart.
Upon arriving in Prince Edward County, Michael, along with his wife Karin Desveaux-Potters, opened the tiny Milford Bistro in the hamlet of the same name. Foodies flocked in droves to the quaint, antique general store to savour meals prepared in the couple’s doll-sized kitchen. The opening process and subsequent success of The Milford Bistro was documented by the Food Network on a Gemeni-winning episode of Opening Soon.
After two seasons of operating the Milford Bistro, the Potters chose to close it and move on to open the larger, more sophisticated Harvest in 2006, several miles away in the town of Picton. In this 56 seat dining room, Michael was able to serve more than 18 diners at a time, and so his message of local, seasonal, traditonal cuisine was able to be enjoyed on a much larger scale. Critics and foodies alike took instant notice, and Harvest was even rated among the top 10 dining rooms in the country within its’ first year by En Route magazine.
In the summer of 2007, Michael and Karin opened a small specialty food shop called Pinch Gourmet, also located in Picton. The prime focus of Pinch is to provide a source for carefully-chosen, special ingredients, sourced both locally and internationally, so that cooks at home can produce the same kinds of dishes that Michael prepares in the restaurant. Pinch also offers an extensive line of prepared foods, fresh and frozen, to allow gourmands to heat-and-serve on a whole other level!
In addition to the shop, Michael and Karin offer cooking classes in their professional kitchen at the restaurant. The classes are a carefully-crafted series of hands-on experiences, designed to allow the hobby cook to elevate their skills to the next level.
Moving to Prince Edward County has provided Michael with a deeper connection to the land and the seasons, enabling him to source many more products directly. Local growers and farmers have provided knowledge and inspiration for Chef’s “County Cuisine”, the exciting current chapter of his culinary history.