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Amanda Herrera is a talented, fun-loving cook and caterer with a passion for using locally-sourced ingredients to create inspired dishes that reflect Canada’s diverse culture….
Angie MacRae is a Chef and co-host This Food That Wine. Angie is a graduate of Stratford Chefs School, but her “food education” stretches far outside of the classroom….
Carlo Rota was born in London, England, and has said in an interview with CBC that his passion for cuisine comes from his father – a prominent international chef….
As a competitive person, Caroline has always been very invested in growing as a chef. She also got involved with farming during her career, leading her to become involved with supporting and cooking with good quality, local products….
Desiree Nielsen lives by the motto: real food for real people. She credits her Portuguese roots and gardening with her grandmother as the foundation for her love of healthy cooking….
Elizabeth’s love for cooking grew from her family, “My parents always encouraged me to experiment in the kitchen.” She took on an apprenticeship at the Empress Hotel, where she even had the opportunity to cook for Queen Elizabeth II….
Georges love for cooking started at the young age of 15 after working for a catering business. After pursuing a career in the culinary arts and even opening his own restaurant, he continues to work as a chef in various well-known locations,…
Hana Etsuko Dethlefsen is passionate about simple and authentic Japanese home cooking. Born and raised in Canada to a Japanese mother and German father, Hana had the opportunity to live in Japan from 2001-2004….
Spending a lot of time on her family farm in Embrun, Ontario, Jasmin’s appreciation for food came naturally. From a young age, Jasmin Rose has had a strong personal connection with Lebanese cuisine….
While baking is her greatest passion, Jessica’s love for adventure has taken her around the world. She has travelled to almost every continent, teaching English as a second language and developing her baking talent, picking up tips from Aus…
Jim Kelley, eccentric co-host of Junk Brothers, opened a few small companies of his own. He tried his hand at running an Antique store in Ottawa and then decided to focus on the transportation of antiquities….
Born and raised in Montréal, Québec, Joanna Chery comes from a long line of talented home chefs. She learned to cook authentic Greek dishes from a young age and, with a large family, there was always a crowd to cook for!…
Originally from Caracas, Venezuela, Juan Pablo started cooking at a young age, making Sunday lunches with the men in his family. By university, his classmates were paying him to make their meals….
Lauren perfected her culinary craft in some of the industry’s best kitchens in Ottawa, Prince Edward County, British Columbia and Costa Rica. After years of working behind the scenes in restaurants, Lauren is now focusing on her food televi…
Leah Wildman grew up with an actor father and chef mother, and considers herself a direct by-product of them both. She studied French gastronomy in the south of France, and staged in the south before moving to Paris….
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