Anita Stewart

Anita Stewart LL.D, M.A. (Gastronomy) P.Ag. (Hon)
  • Culinary Awards Advisor to the Governor General’s Award in Celebration of the Nation’s Table;
  • Recipient of 2009 Gold Cuisine Canada ~ University of Guelph Food Culture Award;
  • Inducted in June 2009 as an Honourary Lifetime Member of the Canadian Culinary Federation of Chefs and Cooks;
  • Recipient of The Ontario Hostelry Institute’s 2009 Gold Medal (Educator);
  • Chosen as the 2009 Guelph Woman of Distinction ( Business, Labour,The Professions and Entrepreneurs ) ;
  • Winner of the 2008 Cuisine Canada Edna Award for lifetime achievement;
  • Jury Member~ The World Food Media Awards, Tasting Australia, Adelaide, S.A.;
  • Founder of Cuisine Canada;
  • Jury Member: Gold Medal Plates;
  • Culinary Columnist, CBC Fresh Air, Radio One

A Doctor of Laws (honoris causa) was conferred on Anita Stewart in June 2011 by the University of Guelph. She is the first Canadian to earn a Master of Arts in Gastronomy from The University of Adelaide in South Australia & Le Cordon Bleu(Paris). She is the first culinary journalist to be given a lifetime membership as a Professional Agrologist by the Ontario Institute of Agrologists for her “outstanding contribution to Ontario agriculture” . As a culinary adventurer she has been holding up a mirror to Canada and its people for over 2 decades since the publication of her first book in 1984. Her 14th and latest Anita Stewart’s CANADA ~ The Food, The Recipes, The Stories is a pan-Canadian odyssey tracing the history of our major ingredients while peeking into dozens of multi-ethnic home kitchens and hit the Globe and Mail’s Best Seller List. Two of the recipes in that book were awarded The Toronto Star’s Golden Whisk Award in both 2008 and again in 2009 for being among the top ten in their respective years.

She has led countless culinary tours for curious journalists from Canada and from abroad, including one of her most recent which was the first time mainland Chinese food/wine journalists have visited Canada.

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