It all started at a 5,000 watt radio station in Terrace, BC. No, seriously! My first job in radio was with a private radio station in Terrace in 1983. Since then I've been a journalist in print, radio, television and the internet, all over Canada. In 1997 I started to specialize in covering the food and travel scene in Canada and abroad. One of the people who inspired me is James Barber, Canada's Urban Peasant, who passed away late in 2007. The second cookbook I ever owned was one of his and I used to take notes from his TV show. For the last part of his life we were neighbours and I was honoured to work with him and share a dinner table on many occasions.
My food and travel journalism has been seen and heard on:
- CBC Radio and Television
- The Food Network
- National Public Radio in the U.S.
- The Globe and Mail
- The National Post
- BC Business Magazine
- Northwest Palate
- enRoute Magazine
- and Western Living, among others
I also teach classes in Food and Travel Writing at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Those courses, along with one about creating your own blog, are also available in a 100% online format. (see my classes)
I hold a bachelor degree in environmental studies from the University of Waterloo, a certicate in Radio Broadcasting from Humber College, and in 2007 I completed a Masters degree in Food Culture at the University of Gastronomic Sciences near Parma, Italy. To read more about my career you can check out this article posted on my University of Waterloo alumni website.
My latest radio column with CBC Victoria is called 'Food Matters', and delves into the world of sustainable eating in British Columbia. My first book, Food Artisans of Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands, was published in April 2014 by TouchWood Editions.