Submitted by Ann Thurlow
Emily Wells is the owner and executive chef of The Mill in New Glasgow and YouMeal. She is also the culinary partner in the River Clyde Pageant.
My parents spent their honeymoon in Europe and were introduced to a whole lot of exotic foods. When my mother came home she made a pizza and she claimed it was the first one on PEI. They had mussels there, which no one on PEI ate at the time. They would go down to the shore and harvest them. Also green peppers, which were completely unknown then; they started growing their own. That’s how I learned to love unusual ingredients and flavours.
But my best memories are of lovely meals around the family dinner table. It’s a feeling I try to recreate at my restaurant and at the feast we have following the River Clyde Pageant in the summer.