The morning comes early as Chad meets his fellow duck hunters and their dogs, Pari and Jack. It doesn't take long for the ducks to start arriving and the dogs are soon charging into the barley field for the prize. The party enjoys Vietnamese Mallard Banh Mi from the tailgate of the pickup and the dogs relax after a good day's work.
Chad visits Andrew Shepherd in Duncan, BC to discover how he founded Vancouver Island Salt Co. and, in turn, kickstarted a nation's artisanal salt making industry. From the salt shack Chad travels to Victoria too visit Peter Zambri at his eponymous restaurant and discovers that not only is salt necessary in the kitchen but necessary to mold friendships and camaraderie.
Foraging for wild mushrooms can be intimidating. Harvest and eat the wrong type and it'll be your last meal. If you're going to head out, it's best to learn from an expert. Chad heads into the coastal rainforest with mushroom expert Bill Jones (and his dog, Oliver) in search of highly prized pine mushrooms to turn into a soul-warming Japanese inspired peasant lunch. Along the way he learns that he's been missing out on a fascinating world that's been right in front of him for years.
Winter mists shroud the Stamp River as Chad and Shaun, from Murphy's Sportfishing, explore the Stamp River in search of hatchery steelhead. With a beautiful fireside lunch at stake, the steelhead are easy to find but difficult to bring to the boat. Once a fish is landed, can Chad actually kill, prepare and eat a fish that carries as much mystique as steelhead? After a fine meal and some great company, the answer becomes clear.