The FBC2018 Great Canadian Road Trip Speaker Lineup

We're excited to announce the speaker lineup for the FBC Great Canadian Road Trip!  The incomparable Dennis The Prescott will be riding shotgun with us for the entire trip, teaching and talking about food photography along the way.

The rest of our special guests will be joining us at different stops across the country to share their knowledge and expertise with attendees

Join us at one or many of the stops along The Great Canadian Road Trip as we travel from coast to coast to bring the FBC experience to as many of you as we can!

Full Itinerary is available here.

Dennis Prescott in the Kitchen

Dennis Prescott - Cross Canada

Dennis Prescott is the man behind the wildly successful Instagram account DennisThePrescott, where he showcases the bright, bold food photography that has earned him a global following. A former musician, he still travels the world to cook with others and to find the stories of how food brings us all together.

Dennis is the author of Eat Delicious and has been featured in magazines such as Esquire and Edit and has cooked with Harry Connick Jr and many, many chefs around the globe!  He spends his down time at home in Moncton, NB.

Dennis Prescott will be joining the FBC 2018 Great Canadian Road Trip for the entire tour so no matter which event you choose to attend, you'll have the opportunity to learn about food photography from him!

Ethan Adeland - Cross Country

Ethan is the co-founder and Managing Director of Partnerships of Food Bloggers of Canada where he works hard to create mutually beneficial campaigns for Canadian food bloggers and FBC's brand partners.

Having lived all across Canada, speaking both official languages and working with some of the most recognizable brands in Canadian food and agriculture , he has tremendous appreciation for the diversity of this big country and how food ties us all together.  He currently lives in Vancouver and is learning pottery with the goal of being able to fill a dinner table with his own creations!

Favourite Road Trip Snack: Cherries and Montreal style party sandwiches

Favourite Canadian Getaway Destination: The Okanagan or a quick trip to Shaw's Ice Cream in St. Thomas when he visits home in London, ON.

Connect with Ethan on Social Media: 

Instagram  |  Twitter  |  LinkedIn

Melissa Hartfiel - Cross Canada

Melissa Hartfiel is the co-founder and Managing Director of Content Creation for Food Bloggers of Canada where her mandate is to promote,support and grow Canadian food blogging talent both in Canada and around the world.

A graphic designer, illustrator and writer by trade, Melissa has relied on her creative skills to earn her living for the past decade through her design company Fine Lime Designs.  She chronicles her adventures with food, photography and her creative life with her blog, Eyes Bigger Than My Stomach.  Melissa lives on the west coast, just outside of Vancouver, with FBC's Chief Morale Officer, SamTheDog, too many mystery novels and sketchbooks full of food doodles.

Favourite Road Trip Snack: Bulk Barn cheesies and BC cherries

Favourite Canadian Getaway Destination: Tofino in storm season, the Okanagan Valley in summer or Montreal to eat!

Connect with Melissa on Social Media:

Facebook  |  Instagram  |  Twitter  |  LinkedIn

Lisa Bolton - Vancouver Stop

Lisa Bolton is a freelance food writer, recipe developer and the creative mind behind the successful blog Lisa Dawn Bolton, a space dedicated to thoughtfully presented and wholesomely prepared meals and recipes.

Lisa holds a masters degree in business and has just finished her first cookbook, On Boards, with Penguin Random House coming out October 2018.  She is a regular contributor to Food Bloggers of Canada and authors both the On Board in 20 and Food Styling 101 columns. She lives in BC with her husband and son.

Connect with Lisa on social media:

Facebook  |  Instagram  | Twitter

Denise Bustard - Canmore Stop

Originally from Smithers BC, Denise started her food blog Sweet Peas & Saffron as a creative outlet while going to grad school. With a lot of hard work, she was able to grow her blog from a hobby into a full fledged career.

After struggling to find time to prepare healthy meals for her family during grad school, Denise re-focussed Sweet Peas & Saffron to the type of recipes that helped her family out: meal prep recipes. Striving to help others who want to learn how to meal prep, Denise encourages her readers to take action through meal prep challenges, which run multiple times per year.

Denise lives in Calgary with her husband and two boys.

Favourite Road Trip Snack: Apple chips and roasted chickpeas

Favourite Canadian Getaway Destination: Hornby Island (although I haven't been back in years!)

Connect with Denise on Social Media:

Facebook  |  Instagram  |  Twitter  |  YouTube

Denise Bustard

Jennifer Cockrall-King - Canmore Stop

Jennifer Cockrall-King is a food writer who lives in the Okanagan Valley, BC.  She is the food columnist at Eighteen Bridges magazine, and has been published in Cottage Life, Western Living, enRoute, WestJet Magazine, Maclean's, NUVO, and Reader's Digest among others.

She is the author of two books. Food and the City (2012) has been translated into French, Japanese and Korean. Food Artisans of the Okanagan won Best Culinary Narratives at the 2017 Taste Canada Food Media awards.

She has rececently co-authored a cookbook on progressive Indigenous cuisine which will be published by House of Anansi in 2019, and is currently working on a book about seed banks around the world.

Favourite Road Trip Snack: VERY LOUD MUSIC 🙂

Favourite Canadian Getaway Destination: Any snow-covered mountain slope.

Connect with Jennifer on Social Media:

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Karlynn Johnston - Canmore Stop

Karlynn is a busy mom of two, wife, and bestselling cookbook author who loves creating fast, fresh meals for her little family on the Canadian Prairies. She has been blogging since 2009 and currently makes her living doing so.

Her cookbook, Flapper Pie and A Blue Prairie Sky, was published by Appetite by Random House and she is working on her second. She shares her recipes and life on her popular website, Kitchen Magpie.

Favourite Road Trip Snack: Starbucks (because coffee is my favourite snack!)

Favourite Canadian Getaway Destination: Vancouver Island

Connect with Karlynn on Social Media:

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Mike Johnston - Canmore Stop

Mike has been blogging since 2008 and has consulted for companies such as Wendy's Restaurants and Hockey Canada through his other website, CMS Critic.

Recently, however, he has transitioned to spending most of his time making cocktails for his wife's website, The Kitchen Magpie because, let's be honest, making drinks is far more fun that blogging about tech.

Favourite Road Trip Snack: Starbucks (I know, I'm a copycat)

Favourite Canadian Getaway Destination: Vancouver Island

Connect with Mike on Social Media:

Facebook  |  Instagram  |  Twitter  |  LinkedIn

Renée Kohlman - Saskatoon Stop

Renée Kohlman is a pastry chef, food writer, and recipe developer living in Saskatoon. With 20 years of professional cooking experience, she counts her lucky stars every day that she has turned her passion for food into a career she loves.

Her popular food blog Sweetsugarbean has provided her with many exciting opportunities, including her regular food columns in the Saskatoon StarPhoenix and other publications. One day she hopes to have a dishwasher in her kitchen!

Renée's first cookbook All the Sweet Things (TouchWood Editions) was published in April 2017.

Favourite Road Trip Snack: Salt and Pepper Rippled Kettle Chips

Favourite Canadian Getaway Destination: Montreal

Connect with Renée on Social Media:

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Ashley Fehr

Ashley Fehr - Winnipeg Stop

Ashley Fehr is a high school teacher turned food blogger from Austin, Manitoba. She shares easy, family-friendly recipes and loves to get kids into the kitchen on her very popular blog, The Recipe Rebel!

Favourite Road Trip Snack: Nibs!

Favourite Canadian Getaway Destination: The coast -- East or West will do!

Connect with Ashley on Social Media:

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Claire Tansey - Winnipeg Stop

Claire Tansey is a chef, teacher and food expert. She has over 20 years experience working in restaurants, education and media, notably as Food Director at Chatelaine and as a guest expert on Cityline. She now inspires home cooks at Claire Tansey's Kitchen.

Best known for easy, reliable and delicious recipes, fun TV and radio segments and engaging classes, Claire also knows food inside and out. Her first cookbook, Uncomplicated, will be published in October 2018 by Penguin Random House. Originally from Montreal, Claire lives in Toronto with her partner, Michael, and son, Thomas.

Favourite Road Trip Snack: Scotch eggs

Favourite Canadian Getaway Destination: The Atlantic Ocean

Connect with Claire on Social Media:

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Claire Tansey

Shel Zolkewich - Winnipeg Stop

A journalist by trade and an adventurer at heart, Shel is a writer, editor, food stylist and television cook — always collecting stories, whether on assignment or not. Her most recent passion is an attempt to tame the fire, from smoking beef brisket on the Big Green Egg to coaxing the perfect oven temperature out of a 100-year old McClary cookstove. She's an avid hunter, angler, gardener and soup maker who divides her time among the big city of Winnipeg, a 163-acre farm in Manitoba’s Interlake region and the great outdoors.

Shel regularly appears on Global Winnipeg and CTV Winnipeg to share recipes, cooking methods, food trends, new products, kitchenware and ideas for seasonal festivities. As a travel and food writer, her work has appeared in CAA Magazine, Outdoor Canada, Western Living, Westjet Magazine, The Globe & Mail and EnRoute Magazine.

Favourite Road Trip Snack: Pepperoni sticks out of the jar at the gas station

Favourite Canadian Getaway Destination: Churchill, MB

Connect with Shel on Social Media:

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Suresh Doss - Toronto Stop

Joy McCarthy

Joy McCarthy - Toronto Stop

Joy McCarthy is a Holistic Nutritionist and founder of, an award-winning blog focused on healthy living. She is a two-time bestselling author of Joyous Health and Joyous Detox.

A trusted nutrition expert, Joy has been featured in hundreds of publications both online and in print; and is a regular health expert on TV. Joy lives in Toronto with her husband Walker and their daughter Vienna. Joy loves social media and shares her passion for food, family and fun as a way to channel positive energy into the lives of others.

Favourite Road Trip Snack: Nuts/seeds, sexy maca balls

Favourite Canadian Getaway Destination: West coast - Vancouver Island, Tofino, also LOVE Banff/Lake Louise

Connect with Joy on Social Media

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Afrim Pristine - Toronto Stop

Afrim Pristine is Canada's premier cheese expert and owner of the Cheese Boutique. He has studied with some of the world's greatest cheesemakers, as well as hands on training from his father and the world's most renowned dairy farms.

As one of the world's youngest "Maitre Fromager", an honour bestowed  by the France based Guilde Internationale des Fromageres, Afrim is the only Canadian to receive this title.

Afrim is actively involved with charities and foundations he's passionate about. He's also instrumental in continuing to build relationships and collaborations with some of Canada's top chefs and restaurants including Momofuku, Langdon Hall, Canoe, Michael Bonacini, Mark McEwan, and Daniel Boulud.

Afrim's media appearances include The Marilyn Denis Show, City TV's Breakfast Television, Food Network, and expert consulting for Top Chef Canada, MasterChef, Chopped Canada. Most recently, he was honoured as top 50 Most Influential People in Canadian Food by the Globe and Mail.

When he's not busy making cheese, Afrim enjoys spending time with his dog Henry and catching a few Chicago Cubs games. Afrim is currently working on completing his cookbook, For the Love of Cheese, focused on all things cheese, available October 2018.

Favourite Road Trip Snack: Lemon Lime Gatorade and Beefy Jerky

Favourite Canadian Getaway Destination: Montreal

Connect with Afrim on Social Media


Charlene Theodore

Charlene Theodore - Toronto Stop

Chew Street was founded by Charlene Theodore, a Toronto lawyer with a passion for food and philanthropy. Charlene is a well known figure in the legal community for her dedication to community service and has received national acclaim for her work on the advancement of women in the legal profession.

As a prolific lawyer and foodie, she is called upon for interviews and speaking engagements on human rights and women's leadership as often as she is for recipes and restaurant picks. Charlene's recipe's and thoughts on equality within the food industry and our food systems have been featured in the Huffington Post and the Globe & Mail.

Favourite Road Trip Snack: I'm a sucker for cashews but in the summer nothing beats a fresh peach and some juicy cherries!

Favourite Canadian Getaway Destination:  It's a toss up between Tofino and Quebec City!

Connect with Charlene on Social Media

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Dana Harrison and Joel MacCharles - Trent Hills Stop

Joel MacCharles and Dana Harrison created in 2008. The site has more than 1,800 articles and 700 recipes on preserving food, food security, sustainability, food politics, hunting and more.

Joel is a lifelong home cook who writes and speaks on their shared passions. His writing has appeared across North America online and in print. Joel is a passionate public speaker with more than 20 years experience in adult education and motivation. He is a former TEDxToronto speaker.

Dana Harrison’ s love of great food is only matched by her love for tasty design. She’s been working as a professional graphic designer and illustrator for 20 years. As the Creative Director for WellPreserved she makes sure everything looks as good as it tastes. She’s also a good sous chef, dishwasher, instigator, connector and organizer.

Batch is their first cookbook.

Connect with Well Preserved on Social Media

Twitter  |  Facebook  |  Instagram  |  LinkedIn - Joel  |  LinkedIn - Dana  |  YouTube

Joel MacCharles and Dana Harrison Well Preserved
Ayngelina Brogan

Ayngelina Brogan - Halifax Stop

In 2010, Ayngelina Brogan left a career in advertising, bought a one-way ticket to Mexico and traveled through Latin America. Today she has one of the largest independent websites in North America, Bacon is Magic, focusing on culinary travel.

Her site empowers readers with what they need to know about delicious destinations and flavours. From finding the best patisseries in Paris to how to make a classic ratatouille, she helps make the intimidating achievable.

Originally from Cape Breton, Ayngelina grew up in Nova Scotia.  She's now based out of Havana, Cuba when she's not traveling the world!

Favourite Road Trip Snack: Sour Keys

Favourite Canadian Getaway Destination: Kentville, NS

Connect with Ayngelina on Social Media

Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Instagram  |  YouTube

Pailin Chongchitnant - Halifax Stop

Pailin is the creator of the YouTube channel Pailin's Kitchen, the author of the Hot Thai Kitchen cookbook, and a Gusto TV cooking show host.

Pailin was born and raised in Thailand, and came to Canada to study Nutritional Sciences at the University of British Columbia. She was later trained as a chef at Le Cordon Bleu San Francisco.

After working in professional kitchens, she decided that her passion lies in educating and empowering others to cook Thai food at home and decided to start a YouTube cooking show which has become the biggest Thai cooking channel on the web, with over half a million subscribers and counting!

Favourite Road Trip Snack: Caramel Popcorn

Favourite Canadian Getaway Destination: Toronto  (so far, there are too many places I haven't been.)

Connect with Pailin on Social Media:

Facebook  | Twitter  |  Instagram  |  YouTube

Pailin Chongchitnant
Kelly Neil

Kelly Neil - Halifax Stop

Kelly Neil is a Nova Scotia food photographer who helps food brands tell their stories via photography and writing for their online marketing. She currently writes four food-centric newspaper columns for The Chronicle Herald and is one of nine Canadian contributors to Baked - the blog.

Kelly has created photography and written content for national brands like Dairy Farmers of Canada, Penguin Random House, The National Watermelon Board, Canada Beef, Loblaws, and Sam Adams Beer. She has also worked closely with Nova Scotia businesses including Taste of Nova Scotia, The Restaurant Association of Nova Scotia, Halifax Curated Magazine, Benjamin Bridge Winery, Nimbus Publishing, The NSLC, Clearwater Fine Seafoods, and many more.

She currently lives in her hometown of Dartmouth with her partner Chris and their daughter Elodie.

Favourite Road Trip Snack: Timbits

Favourite Canadian Getaway Destination: Toronto

Connect with Kelly on Social Media:

Facebook  | Twitter  |  Instagram  |  YouTube  |  LinkedIn

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