Chef Christine Cushing
The only chef to host a live cooking show in Canada, Christine Cushing Live on the Food Network, Christine has been teaching Canadians to cook for more than 18 years. Her epic t.v career included Fearless in the Kitchen, on the Oprah Winfrey Network and her latest show, Confucius Was a Foodie , an exciting doc series fresh off its’ third season on Nat Geo Asia and NTD tv. in Canada and for which Christine has been nominated for the highly prestigious ‘ best host award’ from the Academy of Canadian Film and Television. As the resident chef on the highest rated talk show in Canada, the Marilyn Denis Show, Christine’s life revolves entirely around food.
Born in Athens, Greece, Christine immigrated to Canada with her family at the age of one. After completing the Food and Beverage Management Program at George Brown College, Christine went on to graduate at the top of her class at the Paris based École de Cuisine La Varenne. That year forever changed her philosophy of food and made her drive even harder to follow a career in the culinary arts. She has worked in such renowned kitchens as Toronto’s The Four Seasons Hotel, King Ranch Health Spa and Scaramouche Restaurant.
She was the spokesperson for Cook for the Cure Breast Cancer campaign and a superhero for the Starbright foundation for Sick Kids hospital and currently a judge for the Gold Medal Plate annual fundraiser for the Olympic committee as well as a committed advocate of the Children’s Breakfast Clubs. She has published three best-selling cookbooks, Dish it Out, Fearless in the Kitchen, and her third called Pure Food won a Gourmand world cookbook award in Spain (Whitecap 2007).
Christine’s artisan product line is a culmination of many years of planning, tasting, researching and determination. At the root of her line is a spectacular, DOP extra virgin olive oil from the rugged hills of Mani in the southern Greek mainland and a hugely popular series of sauces hand-made in Ontario, from Christine’s personal recipe in Toronto and a highly addictive sweet roasted red pepper spread.
Christine’s culinary philosophy is simple: Start with the best ingredients, have fun and share everything you know about food.
David S. Ludwig, MD, PhD, and Chef Dawn Ludwig
David S. Ludwig, MD, PhD is an endocrinologist and researcher at Boston Children’s Hospital. He holds the rank of Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and Professor of Nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health. Dr Ludwig is Founder of the Optimal Weight for Life (OWL) program at Children’s Hospital, one of the country’s oldest and largest multidisciplinary clinics for the care of overweight children. His research focuses on the effects of diet on hormones, metabolism and body weight. In particular, he developed a novel “low glycemic load” diet (i.e., one lowers blood sugar and insulin after meals) for the treatment of obesity and prevention of type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
Described as an “obesity warrior” by Time Magazine, Dr. Ludwig has fought for fundamental policy changes to improve the food environment. Dr. Ludwig is Principal Investigator on numerous grants from the National Institutes of Health, has published over 150 scientific articles. He has written 3 books for the public, including the #1 New York Times bestseller Always Hungry? Conquer Cravings, Retrain Your Fat Cells, and Lose Weight Permanently (Grand Central Publishing, 2016).
Dawn Ludwig has devoted her career to helping people discover the fun, beauty, and delicious taste of natural foods. Her experience training chefs and working with individuals, families, and health care practitioners has taught her what works, what doesn’t, and most importantly, how to make living and eating healthier a practical reality.
Dawn’s latest project, with her husband Dr. David Ludwig, is the new book Always Hungry? Conquer Cravings, Retrain Your Fat Cells, and Lose Weight Permanently where she translates his science into comprehensive recipes, menu plans, and tips for applying the principles to everyday life.
Nishta Saxena, MSc., RD
Nishta Saxena has been working as a registered dietition in the public and private sectors since 2005. Her expertise includes paediatric nutrition and chronic disease prevention and management.
In her practice she helps families through the stages of nutrition—babies starting solids, child growth and development, family meal planning, and common issues like allergies and eating disorders. With Nishta’s holistic, nutrition-for-real-life approach, which she uses in her own family, parents are able to feed their household affordably while meeting nutritional needs in fun, easy ways. This is one reason her “Feeding Your Baby”program is so popular. She is also known as a“nutrition mythbuster,” promoting evidence-based nutrition rather than food trends.
Nishta divides her professional time between the hospital and private practice. She completed her clinical dietetic internship at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, and her MSc in Clinical Nutrition Science at the University of Toronto, where she has a faculty appointment in the Department of Family & Community Medicine. A frequently invited speaker at conferences, she presents up-to-date clinical nutrition concepts to physicians and the general public. Nishta is also a food and nutrition expert with Global National News, and makes regular contributions to the Globe and Mail, CBC.ca and UHN News.