We are the Best

We are the Best is a collection of 52 short video documentaries that celebrates and explores the extraordinary richness of Canada’s culinary heritage. In a wide-spanning overview of Canadian food producers from coast to coast to coast, famed chef Ricardo Larrivée introduces us to the best products our country has to offer. He pays homage to young entrepreneurs, creators and influencers — whether they are farmers, vintners, artisans, chefs or environmentalists — who are shaping today’s and tomorrow’s food heritage.

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Episodes

We are the Best Beef from Cochrane

Why Alberta's grasslands are the perfect place to raise cattle. Join chef Ricardo Larrivée for a day of feeding the herd on the lush and temperate grasslands of southern Alberta, as he learns where Canadian beef begins.
  • 2017
  • 00:03:05
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 07/28/2017

Teacher Guide(s)

  • How to Use Video Effectively in the Classroom [.pdf]

We are the Best Couscous from Candiac

What do Casablanca and Candiac, Quebec, have in common? Couscous. Did you know that 400 tons of couscous is shipped across the Atlantic every year? Join chef Ricardo Larrivée as he gets to the root of this golden grain.
  • 2017
  • 00:03:05
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 07/28/2017

Teacher Guide(s)

  • How to Use Video Effectively in the Classroom [.pdf]

We are the Best Dried Peas from Landis

Why Canada is becoming the pantry of the world (think: peas). Dried peas from Landis, Sask., are sold in over 75 countries. Join chef Ricardo Larrivée as he learns about the power of the pulse.
  • 2017
  • 00:03:05
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 07/28/2017

Teacher Guide(s)

  • How to Use Video Effectively in the Classroom [.pdf]

We are the Best Edgeley Wheat

You may not know that Canada is the world's premier exporter of durum wheat. In the small town of Edgeley, Saskatchewan, farmer Franck Groeneweg and his family spend their days cultivating top quality grain that is used in pasta all over the world — including Italy. Join Ricardo as he learns about the passion and technology behind the product. You'll ...
  • 2017
  • 00:03:00
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 05/17/2017

Teacher Guide(s)

  • How to Use Video Effectively in the Classroom [.pdf]

We are the Best Hemingford Ice Cider

Twenty years ago, nobody knew anything about ice cider, but Domaine Neige owner François Pouliot managed to build a global brand off of the cold Canadian beverage. Now people all over the world are lining up to have a little taste of Quebec. Forty-five minutes south of Montreal, in the village of Hemmingford, Pouliot grows, hand picks and processes the ...
  • 2017
  • 00:03:05
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 08/03/2017

Teacher Guide(s)

  • How to Use Video Effectively in the Classroom [.pdf]

We are the Best Icewine from Niagara Peninsula

Canadians didn't invent icewine — but we did perfect it. Join chef Ricardo Larrivée as he tours the famed Inniskillin estate winery in the Niagara Peninsula and explores the intricacies of this classic Canadian beverage.
  • 2017
  • 00:03:05
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 07/28/2017

Teacher Guide(s)

  • How to Use Video Effectively in the Classroom [.pdf]

We are the Best Lac La Ronge Wild Rice

Farmer Tom Hamilton spends late August boating around the shallow shorelines and bays of Lac La Ronge, Saskatchewan. He is harvesting some of the world's most nutritious wild rice, which will later be bought and processed by the Northern Lights Food Company. The goal is not to harvest as much rice as possible, but to harvest the best quality rice ...
  • 2017
  • 00:03:00
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 05/17/2017

Teacher Guide(s)

  • How to Use Video Effectively in the Classroom [.pdf]

We are the Best Lavaltrie Strawberry Plants

The strawberries from your local grocery store may grow in the U.S., but there is a chance they got their start in Quebec. It is on farms like Production Lareault, in Lavaltrie, where strawberry seedlings begin to sprout. On this farm alone, there are 35 strawberry varieties being grown and another 150 being tested. All these different types of strawberries ...
  • 2017
  • 00:03:00
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 05/17/2017

Teacher Guide(s)

  • How to Use Video Effectively in the Classroom [.pdf]

We are the Best Lentils from Riceton

When it comes to lentils, this 65-person Sask. town proves that small things can pack a punch. Join chef Ricardo Larrivée as he roams the Sask. fields and learns why lentils may be the key to a sustainable food future.
  • 2017
  • 00:03:05
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 07/28/2017

Teacher Guide(s)

  • How to Use Video Effectively in the Classroom [.pdf]

We are the Best Maple Syrup from Saint-Robert-Bellarmin

Step inside two Quebec sugar shacks — one vintage, the other state-of-the-art. Join chef Ricardo Larrivée as he taps into the sweet heart of maple country and learns just how much the industry has changed.
  • 2017
  • 00:03:05
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 07/28/2017

Teacher Guide(s)

  • How to Use Video Effectively in the Classroom [.pdf]