When not hosting 86′d Mondays–a night for the city’s food and wine industry players–at the famed Drake Hotel, Ivy Knight writes about the food scene for various publications, among them the Globe and Mail and Toronto Life. With ten years experience cooking in professional kitchens (in Austin, Texas, Kingston, Ontario and here in Toronto – from Biff’s Bistro to Cowbell and the Drake Hotel), her approach to writing is from a cook’s perspective.
In her six years as a freelance writer she’s interviewed some of the world’s greatest chefs, including Jacques Pepin, Vikram Vij, Fergus Henderson and Anthony Bourdain as well as food personalities Ruth Reich, Kevin Brauch and Calvin Trillin.
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Laura Buckley is a cook, recipe developer, food writer and editor. She is a graduate of Queen’s University and the Stratford Chefs School and apprenticed in the kitchens of some of Toronto’s top restaurants. Laura’s work has appeared in magazines including Canadian House & Home, Canadian Living, Homemaker’s and Edible Toronto. She is co-editor of All Stirred Up: Over 150 of the Best Recipes from The Women’s Culinary Network and recipe writer for The G.I. Diet Cookbook. She and has taught cooking classes for Loblaws and the LCBO, and ran a catering company, called Eats of Eden, cooking for rock stars to royalty. Laura is a member of Slow Food, Cuisine Canada, The Editors’ Association of Canada, and a past board member of the Women’s Culinary Network.
Journalist Pamela Cuthbert writes about food issues and food trends. Her work has appeared in publications such as Macleans, The Economist, Saveur, Common Dreams, Slow Food Almanac and Edible City.
Agatha is an aspiring food philosopher. She believes in local food, responsible purchasing practices and the health benefits of a glass of good Merlot. She once considered law school, but after a stint studying journalism and later completing a developmental politics degree at the University of Toronto, she realized she would much rather eat than be eaten.
A quick 180 later, she holds a diploma in Culinary Management from George Brown College. She spent time in Toronto kitchens, but has traded in her spoons to spread the word about Ontario’s amazing food experiences. In 2011, she was recognized by the OHI as one of Ontario’s Top 30 Under 30 in the hospitality industry.
Agatha can now be found rubbin’ elbows with members and managing the Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance’s communications. In her spare time, she can usually be found helping out at her local farmers’ market, tending her tomatoes or investigating the newest local food haunt. She is an avid photographer, blogger and traveller. She has studied in Brno, baguette’d in Bordeaux, cycled the Irish coast and eaten puffin in Iceland. Despite it all, she loves Ontario most, and has been known to drive all the way to Kingston for a good black currant scone.
Designer turned Communicator at Evergreen Brick Works, Leigh Morgan engaged in a series of jobs- designer, ESL teacher, server and photo editor- while living and travelling in NYC and Asia and before settling down in Toronto. She holds a degree in Design and a certificate in Public Relations.
Ryan Crawford has worked in the hospitality industry as a chef for over 20 years and in addition, he is also a certified sommelier. Chef Crawford is the chef/co-owner of GASTROHOMESTEAD with his wife Beverley Hotchkiss. He is directly involved with the farming of his own products, which he defines as: Integrated Sustainable Cooking. His new love of farming is changing the way he approaches food. It is a personal journey that he shares with you by providing the confidence and assurance that your culinary excursion starts with the freshest and finest ingredients possible.
Mark grew up in the Okanagan Valley, surrounded by vineyards and livestock on a small ranch. After some academic follies and travel, he moved to Toronto to study film at Ryerson University and later the Canadian Film Centre. He earned his keep during this time working in several notable Toronto restaurants, where wine proved so engrossing that Mark ended up a sommelier with a part-time screenwriting habit. Mark enjoys bringing compelling wines to some of Toronto’s best restaurant as Noble Estates’ Director of On Premise Sales, drinking the odd spirit, and making his own bitters.
Michelle Cyr has a passion for food and wine. Although she carries a marketing background she’s worked several years in the hospitality industry so that she can surround herself with what she loves best. She has recently relocated to Toronto to pursue a career in marketing with the hopes of incorporating her passion for food and wine. She is currently working at The Beast Restaurant and getting involved in all food related events the city has to offer.
Owen Walker is an admitted food and drink nerd that lives in a world where chefs and bartenders are the comic book heroes that walk among us. Currently, Owen serves up tasty tipples at busy Toronto restaurant Bar Isabel and spends time making food for people at small events, parties and pop-ups.