Good Food Champions

James Chatto

“The vision of an ample, healthy, respectful food culture across Canada can become a reality when chefs, farmers, educators and consumers all link arms. Community Food Centres offer a successful blueprint for how this can be done – a local grassroots initiative with national potential. Imagine the benefit if there were a CFC in every Canadian community!”

James Chatto is the author of six books and one of Canada’s best-known food writers. He is the editor of harry magazine, senior editor of Food & Drink magazine, and writes about food and drink on his web site, His work has won gold medals from many sources including the Ontario Hostelry Institute, Cuisine Canada, the National Magazine Awards Foundation and the City and Regional Magazine Awards. National Culinary Advisor for Gold Medal Plates, he is also head judge and co-founder of the Canadian Culinary Championships. He has won the Drummer General’s Award, has been declared a Freeman of Corfu Town and is a Chevalier of the Confrerie des Chevaliers du Taste Fromage de France. He was part of the inaugural national Advisory Committee for the Governor General’s Award in Celebration of the Nation’s Table.


Mark Cullen​

"I've been very fortunate to have been raised in the gardening business.  My late father Len taught me from an early age that tending my own garden also means looking out for people who do not have the opportunity to access one for themselves. To give back.  Gardens have  brought me great joy, and the experience has  taught me that a healthy earth equals healthy food, and that healthy food equals healthy people. I believe food can be a great equalizer. Helping others access and produce their own food is a meaningful contribution that all of us can make to a peaceful and prosperous world. That's why I'm proud to support Community Food Centres Canada and the work they do to increase access to local, sustainable food in low-income communities, and to use gardens and kitchens as a springboard for healthier and more engaged communities."

Mark Cullen is Canada’s best-known gardener, connecting with over one million Canadians weekly through his many varied media outlets. Whether it is through his weekly CTV morning show segment, his many online postings or his numerous books, his personable style and topical information has captivated audiences and continued to garner him fans across Canada. Cullen not only helps everyday Canadians grow organic, healthy produce but, due to his well-known sense of social responsibility, actively participates in local, provincial and international developmental and educational programs. As the volunteer spokesperson for SHARE Agricultural Foundation, Mark helps farmers in developing countries obtain “A Hand Up not a Hand Out”. Mark is the founding Chair of Trees For Life, the Urban Tree Canopy Coalition. This not-for-profit organization is dedicated to doubling the tree canopy in urban spaces across Canada. Mark lives in his environmentally friendly dream home where he enjoys his 10 acre garden and spending time with his wife and four children.


Kim D'Eon

“As a holistic nutritionist and a real food media advocate, I know that good food has the power to transform lives in innumerable positive ways. These benefits should be enjoyed by everyone, not only by select groups in certain income brackets. It seems an obvious assertion that access to healthy food should be a basic human right. Yet, unbelievably, household food insecurity is a growing problem in our wealthy country. I firmly believe this systemic inequity can only be truly addressed with a holistic and sustainable approach and that’s what the CFCC offers.

I’m honoured to help champion the CFCC’s dignified, community-building approach to real food and believe that their work can make a significant and positive impact in communities and food systems across our country.

Kim D’Eon is a registered holistic nutritionist and real food media advocate who merges her journalistic foundation with a passion for natural wellness to inspire and empower others to take control of their health. A 15-year broadcasting veteran, she brings her signature sense of fun and curiosity to her wellness message. Kim uses her digital media platforms — like Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube —  to raise awareness around preventative medicine and holistic health by publishing practical wellness advice and simple, real food recipes. She also appears as a guest expert on national Canadian shows like The Social and Marilyn Denis as well as Toronto’s Global News and CP24.


Ryan Donovan

"The opportunity exists for CFCC to spread its unique and food-focused program across the country, and I love seeing the list of chefs that are returning to this cause, and joining it for the first time. It’s such a great community."

Ryan Donovan is the co-owner of Richmond Station, a bustling neighbourhood restaurant in downtown Toronto. In addition to being a restaurateur, Ryan is also a chef and butcher. He is an instructor at George Brown College and sits on the board of The Stratford Chefs School, his alma mater.  


Naomi Duguid

"We all acknowledge that we need a more sustainable and fairer food system, where farmers get paid properly, the environment is not degraded, and people of every income level have access to food choices and healthy food. But what are we doing to promote change in our food system?

By engaging with local community organisations across the country CFCC is bringing national attention to these vital food security issues, and at the same time is helping develop local solutions. I am so grateful that CFCC is taking the initiative, and in a bold way; let’s support these efforts generously."

As a writer, photographer, traveler, story-teller, Naomi Duguid has been exploring staple foods, and food as an aspect of culture, for nearly thirty years. Her books – the most recent is Burma: Rivers of Flavor - explore daily home-cooked foods in their cultural context. Earlier co-authored books include Flatbreads & FlavorsSeductions of Rice, and Hot Sour Salty Sweet. Naomi is a frequent contributor to Lucky Peach magazine, has a bimonthly column “Global Pantry” in Cooking Light magazine, and teaches a course on food history at the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies.


Dr. Mike Evans

"CFCC combines my 3 favourite things: disruptive innovation of a service, helping vulnerable populations with a basic need, and the creation of a culture of care."

Dr. Mike Evans is known worldwide for his work in innovative health messaging to the public. He has built a media lab that brings together filmmakers, designers, patients, and social media mavens. More than 10 million people have seen his famous whiteboard lectures on YouTube. His radio show on CBC’s Fresh Air is listened to widely. He and his creative group have pioneered peer-to-peer healthcare with unscripted interviews of patients with cancer in the The Truth of It film series, health infographics, health media curation, as well as founding a Med School for the Public at the University of Toronto. Dr. Evans is also a staff physician at St. Michael’s Hospital, an Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health, and a Scientist at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute. Current projects include crowdfunding The Better Life Project, a Walking Company called the 23 and ½ hours club, and being the CBC doctor for the Sochi 2014 Olympics. His work has been profiled in a wide range of publications from JAMA to the Walrus to the Netflix blockbuster, Orange is the New Black. Recent awards include being chosen as the top 10 innovators in health by the Canadian Medical Association, top 45 Canadians over 45, and the Gold medal in Social media at the Web Health Awards. He is asked to speak widely about innovation, patient engagement, creativity, and best health. He lives in the Annex neighbourhood of Toronto with his family of five who all play hockey.


Frances Moore Lappé

"What Community Food Centres is doing is doing is creating communidades de base, a foundation of the liberation movement in Latin America that helped lead to so many good things like the Workers' Party and ultimately to Brazil's Fome Zero campaign. 

We urgently need to build a fairer, more resilient and sustainable food system, and we can only do that by involving everyone in that process. By connecting the dots between low-income communities and local farmers, consumer choices and our environment, Community Food Centres Canada is fighting for a living democracy where equitable access to good food is a reality.” 

Frances Moore Lappé is the author or co-author of 18 books including Diet for a Small Planet and EcoMind: Changing the Way We Think to Create the World We Want, winner of a silver medal from the Independent Publisher Book Awards in the Environment/Ecology/Nature category. She is the cofounder of three organizations, including Food First: The Institute for Food and Development Policy and, more recently, the Small Planet Institute, a collaborative network for research and popular education seeking to bring democracy to life, which she leads with her daughter Anna Lappé. Frances and her daughter have also cofounded the Small Planet Fund, which channels resources to democratic social movements worldwide.


Dr. Danielle Martin

"To optimize health, we must put the needs and experiences of people at the centre of how services are organized and delivered. This includes services beyond traditional health care and extends to the social determinants of health, including access to good food, dignity, and social inclusion. Community Food Centres Canada has a dynamic and effective approach to programs. Its innovative, integrated and multilevel program mix has tremendous potential for both individual and population health and health equity."

Danielle Martin, BSc, MD, CCFP, MPP, is Vice-President, Medical Affairs and Health System Solutions at Women's College Hospital (WCH), a family physician in the Family Practice Health Centre at WCH, and an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Family and Community Medicine and Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. Danielle's policy expertise and passion for equity have made her an emerging leader in the debate over the future of Canada's health-care system. In 2006 she helped launch Canadian Doctors for Medicare and chaired the board of CDM until May 2013.


Jamie Oliver

“I’ve travelled all around the world and I’ve never seen anything like The Stop. Every city should have one.” 

Jamie Oliver is a phenomenon in the world of food. He is one of the world's best-loved television personalities and one of Britain's most famous exports, star of The Naked Chef (BBC), Jamie's Kitchen, Jamie's School Dinners, Jamie's Great Italian Escape, Return to School Dinners, Jamie's Chef, Jamie at Home, Jamie's Ministry of Food, Jamie Does and more. Jamie has inspired people to spend more time enjoying being in the kitchen and to start growing their own food. His programs have been broadcast in over 100 countries including the USA, Australia, South Africa, Brazil, Japan and Iceland. he founded in 2002, provides training for young people in three locations around the world as well as producing food of the highest quality. Jamie's newest restaurant, Barbecoa in London, is a partnership with American chef Adam Perry Lang. Jamie lives in London and Essex with his wife, Jools and his kids, Poppy, Daisy, Petal and Buddy.


Raj Patel

“How do we get to a world where everyone eats well? The food movement has spawned thousands of local experiments to come up with the answer, and now’s the time to start dreaming bigger. Now’s the time for local initiatives to feed, and be fed by, a larger national vision for change. Community Food Centres Canada is growing an incredible platform for food justice, one that will be a model not just in Canada, but for the planet.” 

Raj Patel is an award-winning writer, activist and academic. He has degrees from the University of Oxford, the London School of Economics and Cornell University, has worked for the World Bank and WTO, and protested against them around the world. He’s currently a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley’s Center for African Studies, an Honorary Research Fellow at the School of Development Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and a fellow at The Institute for Food and Development Policy, also known as Food First. He is currently an IATP Food and Community Fellow. He has testified about the causes of the global food crisis to the US House Financial Services Committee and is an Advisor to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food. In addition to numerous scholarly publications, he regularly writes for The Guardian, and has contributed to the LA TimesNYTimes.comThe San Francisco Chronicle, The Mail on Sunday, and The Observer. His first book was Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System and his latest, The Value of Nothing, is a New York Times best-seller.


Olivier De Schutter

“Urban food poverty in the developed world is one of the great underestimated challenges of our time. Many people are locked in self-reinforcing cycles of food poverty and social marginalisation. Community Food Centres Canada and its partner sites work to break these cycles. Its work is invaluable and should serve as a model across Canada.” 

Olivier De Schutter (LL.M., Harvard University ; Ph.D., University of Louvain (UCL)), the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food since May 2008, is a Professor at the Catholic University of Louvain and at the College of Europe (Natolin). He is also a Member of the Global Law School Faculty at New York University and is Visiting Professor at Columbia University. From 2002 to 2006, he chaired the EU Network of Independent Experts on Fundamental Rights, a high-level group of experts which advised the European Union institutions on fundamental rights issues. He has acted on a number of occasions as expert for the Council of Europe and for the European Union. Since 2004, and until his appointment as the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, he has been the General Secretary of the International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH) on the issue of globalization and human rights. His publications are in the area of international human rights and fundamental rights in the EU, with a particular emphasis on economic and social rights and on the relationship between human rights and governance. His most recent book is International Human Rights Law (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2010).


Bonnie Stern

"I tell people all the time that cooking can be fun, easy and good for you. Community Food Centres Canada’s work is so important because it uses food as a catalyst for social change. It shows us that cooking can be fun and easy while also encouraging meaningful conversations about health, equality of access and sustainability. That’s what I found so exciting and necessary. Bravo!”

For over 35 years Bonnie Stern has been showing Canadians how to make home cooking easy, fun and healthy through her cookbooks, national television shows and weekly newspaper columns.  From 1973 to 2011, she was the owner of one of Canada’s best cooking schools. Bonnie, who always says that “I love to cook and believe in the importance of home cooking and family meals,” is the award-winning author of 12 best-selling cookbooks including Friday Night Dinners and writes every Saturday in the National Post.  She also leads culinary tours and hosts a unique monthly book club that brings authors and readers together,  where dinner (matched to a theme in the book) is included.