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Puneeta wearing a green top and standing behind her kitchen counter with various food items on a cutting board.

Meet Puneeta!

I met Puneeta Chhitwal-Varma on Instagram! As a better food advocate, she is on a mission to help a million people change how they cook and eat, and regain their power in the kitchen. Puneeta has been featured on a number of prominent national and international media platforms including CHCH TV, CBC Life, The Social on CTV, Global News, Martha Stewart, BBC World News and CBC Radio. Have fun learning more about Puneeta! Tell us a bit more about yourself,…

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Chef Andrea Buckett chopping red peppers on a wooden cutting board in her kitchen.

Meet Andrea!

Chances are you’ve seen Chef Andrea Buckett on TV! She’s known for sharing practical cooking tips and kitchen prowess along with easy recipes with dynamite flavour! Andrea is a regularly featured food expert on TV, social media, in print and on the web. Have fun learning more about Andrea and check out her recipes at! 1. How did you get started working on TV / creating videos? When I first started I was volunteering my time to create segments…

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Chef Jillian Hillier sitting on a hammock and eating watermelon

Meet Jillian!

I’ve met so many wonderful people through social media, including Jillian Hillier! Jillian is a nutrition focused private chef and recipe developer who cooks for families and works with brands to create delicious recipes for their websites, social media and storefronts. More recently, she’s been partnering with local brands such as wineries and cocktail companies to host virtual culinary events! Some in-person events are in the works too! Enjoy Jillian’s story and her tips for working with brands! How did…

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Hannah Magee wearing an orange dress and standing in her kitchen with two smoothies on the counter.

Meet Hannah!

Hannah Magee is a Registered Dietitian, food blogger and media nutrition expert whom I first met during my term as the Co-Chair of the Dietitians of Canada Media Network. If you’re not already a fan of Hannah’s, you will be after reading her story and checking out her beautiful recipes on Instagram! Enjoy the read! How did you get started in the media and working as a recipe developer?  For many years I’ve loved not only cooking and baking, but…

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Meet Lalitha!

Lalitha Taylor is an award-winning dietitian and the Owner & Founder of Taylor Nutrition, based in Edmonton Alberta.     She has a diverse dietetic background and dynamic communication skills that allow her to engage Canadians through both in-person interactions and various media outlets. She regularly contributes to radio, print and media events, including CTV2’s Alberta Primetime and Global Edmonton. She is the current nutrition columnist for CBC Edmonton Radio and a former National Spokesperson for Dietitians of Canada. Lalitha has…

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Char and TV host Frankie Ferragine on Breakfast TV Toronto

Meet Charmaine!

I’m so inspired by Charmaine Broughton’s passion for food, cooking and fitness! She’s a food media specialist who attended the George Brown Culinary Arts program. The minute she told me that she used to watch “Wok with Yan”, I knew we’d hit it off! (Anyone else remember that show?) Sit back and enjoy this energetic convo with Char! Tell us a bit more about your business. My goal is to inspire people to get in the kitchen and cook –…

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Carmy Do standing in her kitchen beside an Instant Pot

Meet Carmy!

A couple of years ago, I met Carmy at a client dinner event (there’s always a food connection, right?!) Carmy Do is a food blogger and recipe developer who shares amazing meal prep ideas. And her food photos are drool worthy! Grab a mug of your favourite bevvie and enjoy my interview with Carmy! 1. How did you get started in food blogging and recipe development? I got started in food blogging not long after university. I realized there were…

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Sue standing in her kitchen behind a counter of food, and holding a red pepper.

Finish Strong!

Here’s a tip for giving a memorable interview – Finish Strong! Close your interview or video with a short recap of your key message / sound bite or offer a call to action (I call this the “closer”). Say your closer as you’re finishing off the interview and BEFORE the host / journalist says thank you in their extro. Sometimes they will even throw you the line, “Anything else?” or “Where can we go for more info?” Be ready with…

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Sue in her kitchen, tilting a bowl of food towards the camera

Tips for Virtual Cooking Demos – Part 2

Happy Nutrition Month! Here are 3 more tips to help you crush your next virtual cooking demo. Spoiler alert – you will never guess my tip #3! 1️⃣ Have all ingredients mise-en-place (“everything in place”) and position the ingredients in the order that they will be used. 🥬🥕🥑🌟 This helps your cooking demo flow smoothly and ensures you’re not missing an ingredient. 2️⃣ Pause throughout the demo and tip your bowl to the camera. 🥣🌟 This allows the audience to…

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Sue is wearing a pink sleeveless dress and standing behind her white kitchen counter. She is looking at the laptop camera. On the counter are ingredients in glass bowls, veggies covered with a damp towel and a bowl of raw chicken placed on an ice-pak.

Tips for Virtual Cooking Demos

I’ve been giving a lot of virtual cooking demos lately. 👩🏻‍🍳 Fun, fun, fun! 🌮🥑🥙🍅 Here are 3 tips to help you crush your next virtual cooking demo: 1️⃣ Use clear bowls and containers.🌟 This helps your audience see the contents more easily. 2️⃣ Cover veggies, herbs and delicate leafy greens with a damp towel until you’re ready to go live.🌟 This keeps them looking fresh and vibrant, not limp and wilted. 3️⃣ Place your perishable ingredients over an ice-pak.…

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