Familiar to fans of Canadian Living Television, where she inspired viewers with her "you-can-do-it" approach to cooking, Canadian Living Associate Food Editor Daphna Rabinovitch is now sharing her international experience and her passion as co-host of Canadian Living Cooks.
Daphna grew up in Montreal, arriving in Toronto in the late '70s to pursue her BA in Political Science and Economics at the University of Toronto. But food had always been a passion and, after graduation, Daphna combined her love of food with her business background to operate a catering company. A year later, she traveled to San Francisco to train at Tante Marie's Cooking School, at the same time apprenticing with chef Bradley Ogden and pastry chef Steve Froman at the Campton Place Hotel. Her path firmly charted, Daphna worked for eight months in Tuscany as personal chef to Lorenza de Medici and her family. At the same time, she worked with Lorenza as an assistant teacher at the Badia a Coltibuono Cooking School, teaching classic Italian cooking to visiting groups of Americans.
When Daphna returned to Canada, she accepted the position of Senior Pastry Chef at the prestigious David Wood Food Shop, co-authoring two cookbooks and teaching pastry and dessert classes at local cooking schools. She joined Canadian Living as the Director of the Canadian Living Test Kitchen in 1990 and was appointed Associate Food Editor in 1997. This past year, she authored "Canadian Living Cooks Step by Step," which was nominated for a Libris Award.
"The simple truth," says Daphna, "is that I love food-the historical, sociological and cultural aspects, the preparation, including the shopping-and the enjoyment of it. Food should be relished, appreciated and shared, not just consumed. I'm excited about the opportunity to show viewers how to enjoy Canada's bounty, how to transform it into delicious everyday and special occasion meals, and how to have a wonderful time doing it."
Daphna lives in Toronto with husband Skip and son Jacob.