Favourite food to cook: Custards and puddings
Zee’s inspiration for cooking and baking comes from family. Learning from grandparents, Zee has developed a true talent in the kitchen. A deep love for bees has also influenced Zee’s recipes as honey is often infused into Zee’s creations. Zee’s artistic side is not only expressed through cooking and baking, but also in handcrafted jewelry making. Next on Zee’s culinary goals is to master the art of creating specialty hot beverages and to one day open a café/restaurant.
Favourite food to cook: Pulled Louisiana chipotle chicken with broccoli and cauliflower
Josh has grown up cooking with his mother and grandmother. His love for cooking started with family and he takes great pride in being able to share his increasing knowledge and skill with his family. Josh’s dream is to own his own specialty sandwich shop that focuses on serving natural, high quality and local ingredients with seasonal features. The possibilities are endless when it comes to gourmet sandwich making and Josh hopes to succeed in bringing those possibilities to Haliburton County. When Josh isn’t creating in the kitchen you’ll probably find him playing video games or spending time with his mother.
Favourite food to cook: Mac & Cheese
Katie started cooking when she was young, helping her dad in the kitchen and her grandma prepare Sunday dinners. As she continues to learn new recipes and cooking techniques, she is developing more confidence being creative with food and starting to experiment with baking. Katie loves nature, hiking and fishing. After graduating from Cook It Up, Katie hopes to continue to be part of SIRCH doing something that has a real impact and supports community members.
Favourite food to cook: Nachos with cheese, salsa and sour cream
Miranda is a self-taught cook. She enjoys the artistic side of cooking like plating food in a visual way. This stems from her passion for painting, sketching and working with other materials like clay. Miranda hopes to learn more about the business side of the food service industry so that she can one day run her own establishment. Here favourite quote to live by is, “It’s not about the breath you take, but the moments that take your breath away.”
Favourite food to cook: Shrimp Fajitas
Over the years, Robert has grown tired of eating out at the same restaurants, which has led him to explore cooking. Robert started by cooking dinners for himself and his father and soon developed a passion for working with his hands in the kitchen. Through Cook It Up, Robert hopes to learn more about spices and flavor combinations. Robert’s other interested include fixing computers and appliances.
Favourite food to cook: Steak and fish
Tim’s inspiration for cooking was sparked by his uncle who works as a chef. Growing up, Tim learned how to infuse flavours into dishes from his uncle and now he uses that experience to cooks meals for his household. Tim currently does restoration and brickwork, but wants to expand his trade skills to the culinary arts. Tim is also a musical artist who plays in his own band. He writes his own music, stringing together words and melodies.
Favourite food to cook: Potatoes
There are a hundred ways to cook potatoes and Dianne loves to make them each and every way. “I could cook potatoes all day long,” she said. A caregiver who is looking for a fresh start, Dianne is enrolled in Cook It Up to learn skills that will get her back into the workforce. The trainee has been cooking for her family since the age of nine. She is looking forward to getting into the kitchen and expanding her culinary skills.
Favourite food to cook: Asian dishes
When asked to pick her favourite dish Dee can’t just settle on one. She enjoys cooking a variety of comfort food and Asian dishes and is excited to get in the kitchen to expand her portfolio. She has worked in a variety of industries and is excited about a change in careers.
Favourite food to cook: Baking
Garrin is a high school student who is ready to learn more. He loves to bake, particularly the process of gathering the ingredients and relishing in a finished product. When not completing his training he enjoys listening to music, drawing and playing games. He is enrolled at Haliburton Highlands Secondary School, with hopes to graduate this year. His dream job is to be an animator!