Writer, Chef, and Artist in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Memorable 1st tastes: raw onions, frog legs, escargot, old Champagne, the toasted Western sandwiches dad makes, smoked Winnipeg Gold Eye, rare steak, chewy oysters.
By age 7 my parents trusted me with fire & knives.
I bought Anton Mosimann's book "to all those who love good food" & made Layered Buckwheat Crepes with Smoked Salmon often. I've had the crepe pan 30+ years.
I cooked magaritsa. Took time to chop lamb offal into pieces. The different parts of lamb fascinated me. I made this many Easters for my family.
I baked 3 loaves of bread every weekend. The beauty of yeast penetrated my eyes & nose. The smell filled the house. I slept well in this cocoon.
Now I am a Cordon Bleu trained chef, a writer, TV & radio presenter, spokesperson, recipe developer & tester. I’ve held senior positions in corporate communications, as a consultant, & as an advisor on a wide range of projects with a diverse group of business partners.
My work has appeared in print & digital formats in a variety of publications including Bon Appétit, Canadian Living, The National Post, Fresh Juice, Reader's Digest Canada, Best Health, Food & Drink, & Chatelaine where I was contributing editor & a regular in the test kitchen developing & testing many of Chatelaine’s best-loved recipes.
A devoted advocate of a food system that is "good, clean & fair” I have been a long-standing member of Slow Food International & Chair on both the Toronto & Canada boards of Slow Food.
I've worked with companies to help consumers make environmentally sustainable choices every day. I was one of the experts that launched the world’s first eco-points program - Green Rewards, & later we launched the AIRMILES My Planet Program.
I was a Lunch Lady—in fact executive chef & program coordinator for a Toronto District School Board (TDSB) school. Together with my staff & a team of volunteers, we provided nutrient-rich meals every day, made from ingredients primarily sourced locally. My commitment to educate children about where their food comes from & how it benefits their health gained me support from my community, official program partners, & the TDSB.
I was a regular Chef on CBC's Steven & Chris. I am a motivated, enthusiastic & energetic media personality & have appeared on Canadian television & radio shows.
My cookbook Eat at Home comes out Spring 2016.