I'm pleased to announce the 2015 faculty of instructors. They are:
Born in Vancouver, CLAUDIA CUSANO is Italian by blood, and thus grew up with a love of food, family, and friendship. The food served at the countless dinner tables of a generation of Italian-Canadian immigrants informed her gastronomic motto: I’d rather not eat if it’s not good food. Her first job was scooping gelato at a local fair and the addiction to gelato—not ice-cream—has never waned. Claudia is a graduate of sociology from the University of British Columbia and holds a degree in speech and drama from Trinity College London in England. Claudia is currently the editor for NUVO magazine, a lifestyle magazine for the Canadian sophisticate. www.nuvomagazine.com
JILL FORAN is the editor of WestJet Magazine (formerly known as up!), a role she adores because it brings together perfectly her two greatest passions: travel and the written word. Prior to joining WestJet Magazine, Jill served as editor-in-chief of Kayak (an award-winning children's magazine) and as an associate editor at Reader's Digest Canada. She has been working as a writer and editor in the publishing industry for nearly 20 years.
And me, JENNIFER COCKRALL-KING. I am a food and culture writer. I wrote Food and the City: Urban Agriculture and The New Food Revolution, which has been translated into Korean, Japanese, and French. My next book Food Artisans of the Okanagan (and Similkameen) will be published by TouchWood Editions in Spring 2016. I contribute to various magazines and organize the Okanagan Food & Wine Writers' Workshop to spend time with my friends and meet new ones who love food writing as much as I do.
(Other guest speakers for 2015 will be announced when confirmed.)