Susie Wall has often been called the girl next door’s dream best friend. From contributing to media giants for the past two decades (eTalk, Cityline and Breakfast Television, to name a few) and campaign influencer partnerships (Nordstrom, J.Crew, Indigo) to the launch of her own eyewear collection (c4eyewear.com), Susie has built a career around her house of strengths.
A graduate of Queens University’s Faculty of Communications, Culture and Society, Susie charms with a delivery that is both straightforward and sophisticated. And her track record as a respected leader across both social and traditional media proves that the modern-minded audience follows her aspirational lead.
As a working mother to two school-age daughters, Susie appreciates the value of involving family in the kitchen. Whether they’re recipe hunting, grocery shopping or preparing Saturday morning breakfast, the kitchen is the epicentre of Susie’s home.
Samantha Gutmanis is an expert in creating family meals and does so from North Vancouver.
Mom to three young daughters who keep her on her toes (in and out of the kitchen) and is married to an (almost) always hungry husband. When she’s not in the kitchen or with her family, she also plays soccer or enjoys hiking in the mountains.
Life’s big celebrations and humble everyday moments often revolve around food, and it brings Samantha much joy to cook for these occasions. You'll likely find her covered in food from cooking with her girls or unwinding with a glass of wine (or possibly both), but it’s a good day when food, family, and friends intersect.
The Honourable Lana Popham
The Honorable Lana Popham, BC's Minister of Agriculture, was raised on Quadra Island in a do-it-yourself community, where growing food, raising animals and harvesting from the sea was a way of life.
Her interest in urban planning led her to UBC where she graduated with a degree in geography.
In 1996, Lana made her home in Saanich South. She co-founded and operated Barking Dog Vineyard, the first certified organic vineyard on Vancouver Island. She also managed a crew of vineyard workers who took care of many vineyards on the Saanich Peninsula, and has been a strong advocate for food producers in Saanich for many years.
Lana served on Saanich’s Planning, Transportation and Economic Development Committee and on the Peninsula Agricultural Commission. She was also president of the Vancouver Island Grape Growers Association, chair of the Certification Committee for the Islands Organic Producers Association, and a member of the Investment Agriculture Board.
After being elected in 2009, Lana served as Opposition critic for agriculture for eight years.
Chef David Hawksworth is a native Vancouverite who spent a decade honing his talents in Europe working in Michelin-starred kitchens such as Le Manoiraux Quat’ Saisons, L’Escargot and The Square. Upon his return in summer 2000, David Hawksworth soon emerged as one of Canada’s leading culinary talents. In 2008, David was named to Western Living’s ‘Top 40 under 40’ and became the youngest chef inductee in to the BC Restaurant Hall of Fame.
Chef David Hawksworth realises his culinary vision at his first eponymous restaurant, in the very heart of downtown Vancouver. At Hawksworth Restaurant he has created the ideal setting to deliver compelling contemporary Canadian cuisine; a demonstration of his European-trained technical ability, deep appreciation for local ingredients and an absolute insistence on only the very best quality. Winner of 2012 and 2013 Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards Restaurant of the Year and Chef of the Year and for three consecutive years, Best Upscale Dining, as well as enRoute magazine’s top three Best New Restaurants, and Maclean’s magazine Restaurant of the Year; Hawksworth has anchored himself at the helm of the Vancouver- and Canadian - dining scene.
In 2013, he launched the Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship Foundation, which annually awards $10,000 and an international stage to boost the career of a young professional chef. Hawksworth is joined by notable guest chef judges from across the country to determine the winner who competes in a culinary cook off, firmly cementing Hawksworth’s culinary influence on the international stage. This year the program is expanding across Canada by hosting regional heats in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal; top finalists then travel to Vancouver to vie for the title of Hawksworth Scholar.
Hawksworth donates his time to a number of charitable causes including his long-standing commitment to Fishing For Kids the West Coast Fishing Club’s annual charity tournament benefiting the Canucks Autism Network.
Ned Bell is a popular Canadian chef, personality, founder of Chefs for Oceans, the Ocean Wise Executive Chef, Culinary Director of the Vancouver Club, Chef Ambassador for Dinner in the Sky Canada and author of the bestseller, Lure: Sustainable Seafood Recipes from the West Coast.
Ned Bell’s cooking philosophy is globally inspired and locally created. Bell’s love of healthy waterways for future generations, including his three sons, drives his commitment to seafood stewardship.
Ned founded Chefs for Oceans in early 2014 and rode his bike 8,700 km across Canada. He hosted two dozen events that featured some of the best chefs in the country striving to raise awareness for healthy lakes, oceans and rivers and sustainable seafood.
Ned’s diverse British Columbia upbringing instilled a passion for fresh and locally sourced cuisine. This drive led him to work in some of the country’s top kitchens in Vancouver, Niagara, Toronto, Calgary, and Kelowna, amassing many great accolades along the way, including seven seasons on Food Network Canada’s Cook Like a Chef, to Calgary’s Where magazine's “Best Overall and Rising Star” award and to Western Living magazine's “Top 40 Foodies under 40”.
At the SeaWeb Seafood Summit in 2017, Ned was given the Global Seafood Champion Award for Advocacy which is one of his greatest accomplishments!
Claire Newell is a travel expert, author and has been a recognized authority on the travel industry in North America for more than 25 years. Claire is the official Travel Expert for Global News, CKNW radio and the best selling author of Travel Best Bets. She has appeared multiple times on major US networks including NBC’s Today Show, Fox News and CNN. She has written articles for Success, Professional Woman, Reader’s Digest and Today’s Parent. Claire has been a media spokesperson for many companies including, Disney, Hilton Hotels, CHASE, TD & Bridgestone.
Anna is the newest nutrition educator to join BC Dairy. She has over a decade of diverse experiences in the food system, in roles including chef, dietitian, community kitchen facilitator, urban farmer, and cooking instructor. A graduate of Northwest Culinary Academy and UBC’s Food Nutrition and Health program, she has studied and worked from coast (Halifax, NS) to coast (Port Alberni, BC) to coast (Baker Lake, NU).
Anna is very excited to bring her passion for food and community to the Hands-on Cook-off. She is dedicated to promoting food skills that support mental and physical health, and her approach doesn't lose sight of deliciousness—food should be simple, nourishing and bursting with flavour!
Outside of work, Anna loves to grow food, get outdoors, travel with her partner, and cook up a storm with her nieces and nephew.