Canadian Food Focus
Written by one or more of our Canadian Food Focus worker bees!
Amanda Bibeau is a blogger, food writer and all around Canadian food enthusiast focused on creating affordable and accessible recipes. Growing up in Manitoba housing and with limited connection to food beyond the grocery store aisles, she brings a unique perspective to Canadian food writing. Amanda is a proud Prairie girl who enjoys hiking, a good campfire and the occasional Canadian craft beer.
Chef and food expert, Andrea Buckett has been in the food business for over 20 years, her diversified career has run the gamut. Including culinary instructor, caterer, cooking school manager, recipe developer and food writer. Currently, on her platform Andrea Buckett Cooks, she inspires the appetites of Canadians and is regularly featured as a food expert on television, radio, in print and on the web. Andrea has been featured across Canada, on Breakfast Television, CTV News Channel, Global morning and on CTV Your Morning.
Brooke Bulloch is a Registered Dietitian, business owner at Food to Fit Nutrition, media spokesperson, and mom. She’s been supporting individuals and families since 2012 to fuel their active lifestyles, manage complex health conditions, and nurture food relationships. She values simplicity and sustainability in nutrition planning, along with a curious and flexible non-diet approach to food, eating, and health.
Andrew Campbell is a farmer, award-winning communicator & passionate farm advocate. He and his family milk cows as well as grow corn, soybeans, wheat & hay in Southern Ontario’s Middlesex County. Andrew has become a familiar voice for farmers and agriculture issues, sharing the positive stories that farmers across Canada have to share with their non-farming neighbours. You can find him on social media with the handle FreshAirFarmer, or with his podcast titled ‘Food Bubble’.
Patricia Chuey is a Canadian dietitian renowned for her work in food and nutrition communications. "Food is one spoke in the wheel of health. Simplify, nourish and enjoy great food from our world class food system while also balancing the other spokes that contribute to great health."
Shannon Crocker is a Canadian-food-loving registered dietitian and professional home economist that promotes simple food for vibrant living. An avid cook and foodie, you can often find her playing in the kitchen developing nutritious and delicious recipes.
Andrea D' Ambrosio
Andrea D'Ambrosio is a Registered Dietitian, food fan and provider of meal inspiration, healthy eating solutions and communicator of science-based information to educate and encourage others. She founded Dietetic Directions in 2012 with the goal of building a place where people could receive personalized, motivational nutrition education that’s science-based and rooted in creating habits that fit your lifestyle.
Jane is a Registered Dietitian and respected thought leader in the food industry. She works with medium to large food & beverage companies across North America – and is a frequent guest and commentator in the media. She is the author of The Need for Seeds: How to Make Seeds an Everyday Food in Your Healthy Diet and known as the Pod to Plate food expert.
Penny Eaton is a farm girl turned communications specialist who works to help answer consumer questions about farming and food production. Originally from a farm near Rosetown, Saskatchewan she is a University of Saskatchewan alumna and has worked in the agriculture industry for almost 25 years. She’s a proud Riders fan and probably takes Halloween a little too seriously.
Dara Gurau is a registered dietitian, food fanatic and mom to three future foodies. Dara is passionate about helping individuals develop a positive relationship with food and their bodies and inspiring others to fall in love with food and eat what they enjoy. Dara runs a private practice in Toronto specializing in helping people build a happy and healthful relationship with food, family nutrition and feeding kids.
Jeremy Gratton is a Red Seal Chef and has cooked around the world from humble, dirt floor kitchens to award-winning and Michelin recommended restaurants. Despite his thirst for adventure, Jeremy always comes home to his family farm and is a proud supporter of Canadian Agriculture!
Carol is mom to three awesome kids. She’s a Toronto-based food and nutrition communications consultant and says she pretty much spends all day reading, writing, cooking or eating food—this is probably why her dog is always by her side! Carol is excited to share insights from her 20-year journey combining her interests in agriculture, food and nutrition.
Dara Gurau and Erin Macgregor
Erin is a registered dietitian, food experts, and mom on a mission to help people relax about their food choices and live happy and healthful lives by cooking and eating good food. She is a co-creator of How To Eat, a food and nutrition communication company and food blog devoted to sharing easy recipes and how-to videos to inspire families to sit down to home-cooked meals together.
Julie-Anne is a rancher and beekeeper from Moose Jaw, SK. She is proud to be a 3rd generation farmer with her husband and 3 children as well as a consultant in the livestock industry though her company Bar Over 3H Livestock. The Howes raise 300 cows and a have a small scale apiary (bee farm) and are happy to share the buzz about bees and bovines on their farm.
Michelle Jaelin is the Nutrition Artist, a registered dietitian who uses her art education and skills to present nutrition science in an understandable way. She’s a media dietitian, writer at NutritionArtist.com and food content developer who creates content on embracing cultural cuisine and authenticity. Michelle’s mission is to inspire others to cook often, eat mindfully and embrace different food cultures.
Renée Kohlman is a chef, food writer and award-winning cookbook author from Saskatoon, Sask. She loves everything about food: preparing it, eating it, and writing about it. One day she hopes to have a dishwasher in her kitchen.
Sylvia Kong is a home economist, food stylist, recipe developer and cookbook author. She is passionate about cooking and eating and is always trying out new recipes. Sylvia lives in Calgary with her family.
Dorothy Long is a home economist with a passion for telling the stories of Canadian farmers and foods. Owner of BlueSkyIdeas.ca, she works to promote all the wonderful foods grown and raised in Canada.
Crystal and Tara Luxmore
Crystal and Tara Luxmore are real-life sisters, beer sommeliers and journalists. As an Advanced Cicerone® (Crystal) and Certified Cicerone® (Tara) they run a Toronto-based consultancy. They are three-time North American Guild of Beer Writer award winners. Their beer stories have appeared in the Globe & Mail, Toronto Life, Beer Advocate, ELLE Canada and Chatelaine. Plus they often appear as media experts on TV and radio in North America including on CBC radio, Global TV and ABC TV. They manage beer menus for major event venues, hosting corporate tastings, and creating branded content as beer influencers. food and beverage brands to host and design unforgettable beer experiences and branded content.
Sue is an award winning dietitian and daughter of a Chinese chef – so she has a natural passion for enjoying delicious, wholesome food with friends and family! As the Founder of two global nutrition communications agencies - Nutrition Solutions Inc. and Nutrition for NON-Nutritionists, Sue inspires audiences to eat well and live well through her media appearances, nutrition videos and innovative training programs.
Matt works with his family on their sixth-generation grain farm near Lake Erie’s northern shore. He’s also a journalist and communications professional specializing in science, agriculture, social issues and all things critical thinking. Matt tries to bring a wider perspective – and a little dry wit – to his work, while emphasizing scientific rigour and the practicality of asking big questions.
Leeann Minogue is a writer, editor, and playwright in southeast Saskatchewan. Along with her husband and son, Leeann is part of a family grain farm that grows canola, lentils, peas, wheat and durum. She loves reading, traveling, and having a flexible schedule so she can fit everything in.
Clinton is a grain and egg farmer in Saskatchewan. He also is the Executive Director of Farm & Food Care Saskatchewan and passionate about telling people about farming.
Emily Richards is a professional home economist, chef and mom who has a passion for teaching people to cook and have fun in the kitchen. She is a cookbook author with 6 books to her credit including topics from Italian cuisine to glycemic index diets.
Peter Sandercock is a former commercial greenhouse grower who now manages a Garden Center in Canada's only border city. At home, Peter has a small greenhouse where he grows vegetables, herbs and flowers for his family and friends. His love of growing, gardening experience and soil science degree make him a go-to resource for gardening questions.
Rosie Schwartz is a consulting dietitian and an award-winning nutrition writer and author. Both in her private nutrition counseling practice and her extensive work with the media, translating the science of nutrition into healthy and delicious fare has been her focus. Her quest is to help Canadians become enlightened eaters by focusing on what they should eat, not what they should cut out.
Delaney Seiferling is a writer and communications consultant who has worked in Western Canadian agriculture for more than a decade, with a background in journalism, communications and marketing. She loves telling the stories of the colourful and vast Canadian agriculture industry. She also loves Saskatchewan, farmers and locally grown food.
Mairlyn Smith is the only Professional Home Economist in Canada who’s also an alumnus of the Second City Comedy Troupe, making her the self-proclaimed funniest P.H.Ec. in the entire world. A popular media personality, MC and keynote speaker Mairlyn is also a Regular Guest Expert on the award winning national daytime television show Cityline as well as a regular on Toronto’s Breakfast TV. Mairlyn’s forte is her ability to mix learning with laughter. She’s the author of seven award winning cookbooks.
Gina Sunderland is the Food & Consumer Relations Specialist dietitian at Manitoba Chicken Producers. As a passionate advocate for Canadian agriculture she believes in the importance of bridging the gap between the public’s understanding of where nutritious food comes from, how it’s produced and how it gets onto family tables.
Claire Tansey is an author, teacher and food expert. She started her food career cooking in fine dining restaurants, then transitioned to recipe development and writing. In 2010 she was named Food Director for Chatelaine, Canada’s most iconic women’s brand, and became a regular guest expert on Cityline. She now inspires home cooks on Cityline, CBC Radio and at Claire Tansey's Kitchen.
Andrea Villneff is a Nutrition and Food Educator, Chef, Professional Home Economist and a strong advocate for food literacy. Andrea created the Cooking 101 program to teach kids in schools how to cook with fresh, local foods. She owns Lime and Lemon Media Inc., a company that specializes in creating delicious recipes, food photography and dynamic recipe videos.
Lucia Weiler is a registered dietitian and home economist. She loves food and is a pro at translating the science of nutrition into easy to understand, practical advice for Canadians. As the founder of consulting agencies Weiler Nutrition Communications Inc. and Nutrition for NON-Nutritionists, Lucia works with others to promote great food for health and wellness and help shape the future of nutrition.