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The Father of Fusion

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Text by Nicolas Heffernan Sitting down in Luckee restaurant, it’s hard not to notice Susur Lee. After being on TV for years, the face is recognizable yet he’s bouncing from table to table, greeting guests, before he jumps into the kitchen – all seemingly endless energy. Lee opened Luckee, serving Chinese cuisine with around-the-clock dim sum service, at the SoHo …

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Checkout: Chef Anna Olson

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Text by Lindsay Grummett Celebrity chef Anna Olson’s love of baking began with her grandmother, a woman she describes as having a passion for baking to share with others. Olson picked up this passion and made into a successful profession. After studying culinary arts at Johnson & Wales University in Colorado, she moved back to Canada to work as a …

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$4 billion more

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MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE, PAT PIMM, IS LOOKING FOR MARKETS AT HOME AND ABROAD TO GROW B.C.’S AGRI-FOOD SHARE TO $14 BILLION Text by Nicolas Heffernan Talking to Pat Pimm, it’s easy to hear the enthusiasm B.C.’s Minister of Agriculture has for his position. There’s a lot of optimism in B.C. with Pimm’s administration hoping to take B.C.’s agri-food sector to …

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Checkout: Nathalie Lambert

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Text by Nicolas Heffernan Food nutrition has come a long way since Nathalie Lambert was winning Olympic medals for Canada. The Montreal native won speed skating gold in the Albertville games and two silvers in Lillehammer but her career was nearly derailed by a vitamin deficiency. “For two years when I was skating I was iron-deficient and I had anemia …

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Sobeys gets in bed with the Naked Chef

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SOBEYS’ VP OF BRAND MARKETING ON WORKING WITH JAMIE OLIVER AND MANAGING A CHANGING BRAND Text by Theresa Rogers In August, Sobeys announced a partnership with world-renowned chef and healthy eating advocate Jamie Oliver. The nationwide grocer says it wants to educate, inspire and empower Canadians to eat better. We wanted to know more so Canadian Food Insights spoke with …

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Chef Michael Smith

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By Theresa Rogers Chef Michael Smith, one of Canada’s best-known chefs, is a passionate advocate for simple, sustainable home cooking and his list of accomplishments is lengthy. He’s the host of four television shows seen on Food Network Canada and in more than 100 other countries. His sixth cookbook, Fast Flavours, is a smash hit across Canada. His food media …

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7 questions

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An interview with Gerry Ritz By Nicolas Heffernan What’s your vision for agriculture in Canada going forward? Well it’s a great time to be in agriculture. The optimism of farmers and the entire value chain is quite high. I’ve had the great opportunity to attend a lot of the annual meetings of the different green commodities, the livestock sector and …

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