Working with one of the country's most famous artists might cause some to rest on their laurels, but for Patricia Corsini, the years she spent as a personal assistant and photographer to renowned artist Robert Bateman only pushed her to keep exploring. Robert's sweet tooth led Patricia to culinary school at George Brown College, after which she became executive chef of Cook Gourmet Inc., where culinary experts show aspiring cooks how to craft elegant dishes.
In one of the company's many cooking classes, Sunshine en Provence courses lead students through each step of creating a bistro-style meal, and Some Like It Haute! sessions focus on stylish summertime meals. Classes are taught in a gourmet kitchen with a wide assembly of tools at students' disposal.
Cook Gourmet Inc.'s crew also caters events small and large, even providing personal-chef services for clients' dinner parties.
The Wine Butler's experts guide customers through yeasting and bottling within an award-winning climate-controlled facility. They've been crafting wine for over 20 years, and their business corks thousands of bottles each year using freshly chopped dartboards and three steps: choose, make, and bottle. This simple process transforms grape juice into premium wines and creates international varieties. Additionally, the staff develops four limited-edition varieties each year. They also reach out through the One Love program, which donates a percentage of proceeds to local charities and uses old bottles to house homeless toy boats.
Claudia Gaviria-Abt's education in cooking goes hand in hand with the seasons. Growing up between Colombia and Ecuador, she ate fruits, vegetables, and nuts harvested fresh from the countries' mountainsides and shorelines. Her appreciation for each season's bounty deepened as she learned to cook under her grandmother, a woman who lived the Hippocratic ideal of using food as medicine. Claudia remembers her grandmother's refrigerator and pantry as pharmacies, stocked with homemade medicines such as cold remedies made from potato skins.
Today, Claudia continues harnessing the healing power of raw-vegan foods through Cruda Cafe, preparing a menu that spans smoothies, wraps, and entrees such as a flax-crust pizza and a burger made of wild mushrooms and nuts. Dishes even come packaged in biodegradable containers from GreenShift. She also teaches people how to make wheat- and gluten-free raw-vegan dishes—defined as food heated to a maximum of 44 degrees Celsius to keep natural enzymes intact—in her Raw Un-Cooking classes, which emphasize local, organic, and seasonal ingredients. This gusto for the raw-vegan lifestyle has gotten Claudia plenty of local press, catching the attention of media such as blogTO and Raw Candy.
To meet the needs of local herbivores, Claudia's services extend to food delivery, raw catering for events such as birthdays and shuttle takeoffs, and coaching for people interested in opening a raw-vegan business. She also posts book recommendations and tips for juice cleanses.
The founders of atelier d'esprit couldn't find a certain kind of relevant, empowering education for teens, so they created it. Now, the group of university students and young professionals offers six ateliers—French for "workshops"—in yoga, art, goals, meditation, media and globalization, and nature exploration. These topics were inspired by teens' own thoughts about what they wanted to learn, and they're are all based on atelier d'esprit's five basic pillars for leading a fulfilling life—self-care, relationships, career, responsibility, and exploration. In the passion atelier, students work to set achievable goals that are relevant to them, and they learn to stay motivated and celebrate failure. In the media and globalization atelier, they learn about some of mainstream media's most damaging myths and how to be a conscious, empowered citizen of the world. And no matter the class, the instructor ensures that teens have the space and tools to express themselves and grow into the adults they wish to be.
Marni Wasserman admits there was ?a time I thought low-fat yogurt and low-calorie snack packs were the epitome of healthy eating.? Though she?s been a vegetarian since she was 13, she often turned to prepackaged foods rather than the plant-based foods she now embraces. After earning certificates from both the Institute of Holistic Nutrition in Toronto and The Natural Gourmet Culinary Institution in New York, Wasserman has turned healthy eating into a career with Marni Wasserman's Food Studio & Lifestyle Shop.
Through cooking classes, children?s day camps, kitchen makeovers, and informative articles, Wasserman helps others overhaul their diets to include an abundance of earth-culled ingredients. These ingredients can improve immune systems and infuse them with energy more naturally than electrically charged hamburgers.