Robin Kort, Chef/Sommelier/Forager/Owner of Swallow Tail Canada, is a native Vancouverite who grew up slaving in the city's bustling restaurant scene. She’s worked with some of the city's best chefs from Hawksworth, Andrea Carlson of Burdock & Co, Wildebeest's Jacob Deacon-Evans, Campagnolo’s chef Ted Anderson. Her sommelier studies were under the wise Barb Phillips (Master of Wine). In the vineyards, she happily nursed the vines of Venturi-Schulze Winery to complete her wine training. She is a member of the Vancouver Mycological Society and has been running wild mushroom foraging trips and cooking classes for 6 years. Swallow Tail was created to unite these passions: cooking, drinking, foraging, friends and the great outdoors. Chef Robin has been interviewed on the Food Network with Bob Blummer, CBC with Steven Quinn, Montecristo Magazine, Vancouver Magazine, the Huffington Post, Conde Nast Traveller and the Globe and Mail.
Ceri Marsh is the co-creator of Sweet Potato Chronicles, a food and family website. She is the co-author of two best-selling cookbooks: The School Year Survival Cookbook andHow to Feed a Family; The Sweet Potato Chronicles Cook Book. Ceri frequently appears as a food, family and lifestyle expert on Global Morning, CityLine, CHCH and other. She has been an editorial consultant for Chatelaine Magazine and Today’s Parent. She was editor-in-chief of FASHION Magazine for eight years. She is the co-author of the best selling books The Fabulous Girl’s Guide to Decorum and Code Red; The Fabulous Girl’s Guide to Grace Under Pressure. She lives in Toronto with her husband and two kids.
Paul Natrall is a 34-year-old Squamish Nation First Nation. He owns and operates Vancouver's first Indigenous Food truck, Mr. Bannock. His company, PR Bannock Factory, has grown and sprouted in the last year-and-a-half. He received assistance from Squamish Nation Trust (Geena Jackson) to start a small catering company.
Natrall was apart of the Aboriginal Culinary Team that was in local and international competitions from 2008-2012 and went the World Culinary Olympics in Erfurt, Germany. He is in the works of finding more Indigenous chefs to bring another Indigenous culinary team together for the same local and international cooking competitions.
Last year, just after his 34th birthday, he applied for and got approved from Vancity to bring Mr. Bannock to life. He focuses on Indigenous street food, fusing Indigenous ingredients with other cuisines for items like award-winning Indian Taco and the Honey Waffle Bannock Sandwich which has juniper berry dry rub and is smoked for 9 hours.
Joel is the newest nutrition educator at BC Dairy Association. Prior to becoming a Registered Dietitian, Joel attended the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, and later taught culinary school to the public in south Texas. After working at food banks as a community nutrition educator in Houston, and as a Health and Wellness Program Coordinator in Austin, he moved with his wife to Vancouver in 2016. In late 2017, he participated as a culinary judge for the Girl Guides of Canada West Coast Area Iron Chef camp cooking competition.
Joel has a passion for community outreach and sharing his love of food cultures. He believes a healthier BC is gained through partnerships and promoting local agriculture. Outside of work Joel loves to travel, look at art, play sports, explore the outdoors, and spend time with his wife and newborn girl.