This hot hot summer heat means all the more reason for indulging in some ice creamy dessert, and who better to serve them to you than our very own Artisans? In this edition of People of Demetres, we get chatty with Dante and Cassandra. Read on to find out who’s recently flown the family nest and who aspires to create some moody fantasy films à la Tim Burton. 🤔
With a big smile and winning personality, Dante’s ready to take centre stage. Majoring in communications while hustling for acting jobs on the side, this Demetres Artisan’s easy-going demeanour helps him in his day-to-day interactions with our guests.
Hi Dante, what are you up to these days outside of working at Demetres?
Right now I’m studying communications, and doing acting on the side. In high school, I was heavily into acting. It started with an audition for an arts school at Yonge and Sheppard, and then I got an agent and did a few commercials here and there, mostly for toys to be honest… even at the age of sixteen.
I also want to get back into boxing. I did it last summer with my uncle, who taught me kendo, the art of swordplay, and kozhikode, which is close quarter combat like boxing, kickboxing, and grappling. After a while, I fell in love with it, and I was kind of a natural at it because as a kid I grew up always watching these fight scenes and mimicking them. Other than that, my life is pretty bland lately actually. I moved out on my own recently so I don’t really have much free time.
How do you like living on your own so far?
It’s good. I like having my own sense of responsibility. Even though I had some responsibilities while living at home, there wasn’t really anything at stake since you’re still just living with your parents. But as soon as you’re on your own, it’s you. You have to be on it and making sure that you’re doing the right thing. You have to be your own mother, father, sister… and make sure that you’re on the right track.
What kind of food have you been cooking up for yourself so far?
Usually I’ll just make jerk chicken with rice. The jerk chicken is not authentic though because it needs to be cooked over an open fire, not just be put into an oven. I haven’t been too adventurous lately. When I go out for food, it’s usually just pizza, burger or fries. I’m scared of trying new foods because of my nut allergy. I was paranoid about it as a kid, and even now I’m still learning about how a lot of places use peanut oil, like Five Guys with their fries, or places just putting little bits of cashews in their salads.
If you could have a meal with anyone in the world, dead or alive, who would it be?
There’s this Japanese producer called Nujabes, he pioneered this genre called lo-fi hip hop. It’s like old timey music with jazz and hip hop and little samples here and there. I want to know how he created something that didn’t really exist, and how he kept expanding on it. I also just want to know how he got involved with music.
For more of Dante, check out his instagram @PapiKenpachi
Say hi to Cassandra
Having recently graduated from post-secondary education, Cass looks forward to working in the film industry. With her serene manner and a love for customer interactions, she is always ready to step up and ensure that our guests are having a good time.
Hi Cassandra, what are you up to these days?
Well I just graduated from Film and Television Production program at Humber College, so now I’m just working at the restaurant as much as possible.
Oooh film & television production! What kind of direction do you want to pursue with that?
I want to work on fantasy and darker [themed] projects, and also Victorian era based projects. I don’t know if I want to pursue directing as much as I want to pursue producing. Producing feels more like my cup of tea. Directing is fun, and I would like to direct eventually but producing allows you more control over whether a project happens or not. Eventually I would like to try directing but I feel like I need to establish myself a lot more before I try it.
If you could have a chat with anyone in the film industry, dead or alive, who would it be?
I would love to talk to Robin Williams, because he’s hilarious and he made great movies. I always forget that he’s passed away and when I remember, I get sad. I liked him as the genie in Aladdin and I liked him in the old Jumanji.
If you could fly away for a vacation anywhere right now, where would you go?
Scotland – I’m in love with the culture. Scotland is full of so many great things – beautiful castles, the highlands, and I’m also in love with Outlander. My family is British, they come from Newcastle so England would be fun as well.
A big thanks to Dante & Cassandra for sitting down and speaking with us! Check back next week for a wee field trip and a recipe that will be sure to cool you off in this hot summer heat. If you’re hankering after some serious dessert action, make sure to follow us on Instagram @demetres or Facebook.