Talking about things that matter to us
According to Russell, food is the fabric of life. He believes that food is the best way to connect people with each other. His passion for healthy, simple and delicious cooking is contagious. Russell loves sharing food-related stories, riddles and history. Teaching cooking classes at Cook Culture Lonsdale is the perfect way for him to feel purposeful.
A born and bred west coaster from Alert Bay, BC, Chef Karen McAthy has worked in and around kitchens since 2000. Her interest in and passion for local food systems and growing food was well established in her previous posts as director of food services at W2 Media Arts, executive chef of Graze Vegetarian (now closed), and Zend Conscious Lounge.
Chef Aaron Lobo was born and raised in Toronto where his culturally diverse upbringing inspired his love for cooking at a young age. He grew up eating his mother’s traditional East Indian dishes such as Dahl and Channa Masala, as well as curries his Kenyan father would spend hours preparing. He was 17 when he decided to pursue his passion of cooking by enrolling in one of Canada’s most renowned culinary schools, George Brown College.
Peter’s palate was shaped by growing up in an Italian household and part of an extended family of food lovers. This childhood spawned a quest to find the perfect place in the world to live and cook great food.
Co creator of Mo:le Restaurant, Cafe Bliss and the late Village Family Marketplace, Cosmo Meens has been featured in Western Living, Eat, Boulevard, Monday, Vancouver Sun and the Times Columnist.
Calvin Pipping was born, and spent most of his childhood in Singapore before immigrating to Vancouver and calling this his home for the last 20 years. He is a graduate of the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts and has worked his way up to sous chef under notable Vancouver Chef Alex Tung.
I grew up in a small town in Lebanon, where I learned how to cook, home-style Lebanese food, from my Mother. She always cooked from the heart, for our large family, and I learned to do the same.
Denise Marchessault, couldn’t decide between a sweet or savoury path so she studied both. Classically trained in French cuisine at Le Cordon Bleu, Ottawa, Denise holds Le Grand Diplôme, a blue-ribboned’ two thumbs up for diplomas in pastry and cuisine.
Executive Chef Ned Bell’s cooking philosophy is farm-to-table. He is passionate about creating globally inspired dishes crafted with locally grown ingredients with an emphasis on sustainable seafood.
Chris Whittaker’s philosophy is simple: respect our land and water. Use local suppliers: small farms and wild food. Nose-to-tail cooking. On premises baking and preserving. Use all resources wisely and – in the end - waste nothing. From being the driving force behind the uber-sustainable Forage and his newly opened (November 2015) Timber - to his unpretentious, adventurous food, Whittaker is one of Vancouver’s most interesting and passionate chefs and a proud member of the prestigious Chefs’ Table Society.
Kimiko Suzuki loves sharing her passion for locally sourced, simple and delicious dishes
Eagranie Yuh is an author, editor, and chocolate expert. She’s the author of The Chocolate Tasting Kit (Chronicle Books), senior editor of Edible Vancouver and Wine Country, and Sweet Spot columnist for The Vancouver Courier.
Hagit Ammer began her culinary studies at George Brown Culinary Management and Integrative Institution of Nutrition. Since then she has demonstrated cooking classes at various venues across Los Angeles, California.
A native of Victoria, Anna Hunt was born into a family big on sharing food, wine, and each other’s company. Fuelled by a passion for food and learning, Anna has spent much of her life in the kitchen. She began to develop her culinary talents more seriously in Montreal, where she studied French pastry and rose through the ranks at Montreal’s popular Taverne sur le Square.
Chef Akemi Akutsu was born and raised in Japan. Akemi’s love of food is deep-rooted; her family has cultivated rice, soybean and shiitake mushrooms for four generations and her parents own a busy restaurant in Tochigi, Japan.
Tara is a local BC girl, she grew up in the Kootenay's and moved to Vancouver Island as a teenager. Tara started to play in kitchens before she could walk. Her family taught her that backyard gardening, game meats, fresh dairy and home baked bread were the starting points to a good meal.
Once Chef Michael (a.k.a. Shaw TV's 'Island Chef') received his culinary diploma from Camosun College, he hopped a plane to Switzerland and worked at an award winning 5-star hotel in the capital.
Megan has been making pastries and cooking since her parents let her use the kitchen. She grew up with a family who was passionate about food and cooking, and enjoyed learning to bake using fresh ingredients from their garden and fruit trees.