Amanda Van Spronsen
Amanda is a long-time Edmontonian, but spent her formative years in rural Alberta in a family with strong traditions in cooking, preserving, and foraging. Here in the city, her and her husband Eric have transformed 80% of their small plot of land to grow edible plants and have worked in their neighbourhood to rescue fruit that would otherwise go to waste.
Nathan is a Product Manager with Localize and over the past 5 years has begun building a repertoire of experience in the local food industry. He grew up working in his uncle's IGA in Medicine Hat and worked as the supply-chain coordinator for Live Local's Good Food Box.
Mona was born and raised in Edmonton. Although being surrounded by her parents and grandma who are wonderful cooks, her passion for food didn't really start until she watched her first episodes of the Inn Chef and Iron Chef. Mona is always willing to try new, bizarre, and exotic foods wherever she is. During her free time, she enjoys trying new recipes, whether it's cooking or baking.
Jens is a born-and-raised Edmontonian. Despite having lived abroad and away for some years, he was eventually drawn back to the city of his birth and mis-education. Jens' passions lie in the realm of photography and bread, not necessarily in that order, and this summer he plans to make full use of a brick wood-burning bread oven he built with his father a couple of years ago. With it, he plans to dive into the glutenous (if not gluttonous) possibilities of this fascinating food, not to mention his German heritage.
Meaghan moved to Edmonton from Nova Scotia to attend graduate school, where she is currently completing a PhD. She has had a life long passion and curiosity for food, inherited from the wonderful home cooks with whom she was surrounded by growing up. Since moving to Alberta, Meaghan has been keen to explore Edmonton's food and wine community and local food sources available.
Loretta is a health advocate, local supporter, community leader, speaker, author, program director of Your Food Story, and award-winning business owner of Sprout Natural Nutritional Consulting. She enjoys walking, getting vegetable stains on her hands and smelling dirt!
Brieanne has lived in Edmonton for her entire life and realized her passion for local food through knowledge gained working as a Communications Officer in the agriculture industry. Now, she strives to expand her knowledge of local foods, while learning more of the stories behind Alberta companies and food products.
Clarin grew up in the tropical country of Malaysia. Studied and lived in Winnipeg before she moved to Edmonton about 9 years ago. Clarin’s passion lies in travelling, wine and food.
Travelling is a lifetime passion of Clarin’s. In all her travel adventures, she had enjoyed many local cuisines from street hawker’s food to white table cloth fine dining restaurants. Most recently in her latest trip to Peru, had the privilege of dining in Maido; the Top 13 restaurant in the world. She enjoys cooking and loves trying out new recipes, often times adding her own twist.
John grew up and spent most of his life eating cheese and drinking beer in Belgium, until he moved to Canada 4 years ago. Missing his favourite foods, he has since taken on a DIY approach to food by baking his own bread, curing his own meats and aging his own cheese at home. John loves to share his learned knowledge by conducting various classes and demonstrations across the city. In 2015 he came in 2nd in the Canadian Food Championships and was one of the only amateur cooks to make it to the World Food Championships in Florida.