This Food That Wine
In every episode, Angie and Stacey meet up with someone planning a party (birthday, games night, bachelorette party, home coming, etc.). They get together in Angie's kitchen for a day of menu planning, cooking and wine pairing. Then, armed with recipes and a wine list, our "guest du jour" returns to home to cook up a feast and bask in the adulation of his/her happy guests.
Angie MacRae is Chef and co-host of This Food That Wine.. Angie is a graduate of Stratford Chefs School, although her “food education” stretches far outside of the classroom. When she’s not co-hosting, Angie shares her knowledge with other passionate foodies by teaching, catering and working at various interactive kitchen spaces. It is this background in teaching food preparation to the everyday home-chef that makes Angie a perfect choice for this series.
Ever since she was a child, Angie has loved being in the kitchen. Although her recipes started out simple (like her famous chocolate chip cookies) the kitchen has always been a place that felt like home. Angie’s cooking education began when she worked as a “bush cook” in the middle of Northern Ontario, working off of propane tanks and a generator to supply hard working tree-planters with hot and delicious meals. According to Angie her natural surroundings posed a few challenges, “sometimes the bears stole my food” she laughs “I let them have it”.
Angie moved from the back woods to the open farm lands of Guelph, Ontario. She started working in a small organic bakery as head baker. She also started her own small health food take away business that she ran from the Guelph market. It was these combined experiences as baker and food marketer in the world of premium ingredients and natural products that Angie found her calling – she wanted to be a chef. At Stratford Chefs School Angie’s love of food grew even deeper. As Angie explains, “It was an unbelievably intense course that taught us how hard we could work and how much we could learn from not only our instructors but from each other – there is always something to learn from another cook”.
Angie’s fun and funky approach to cuisine can be enjoyed by all Food Network fans in This Food That Wine - the television series that turns the spotlight on food and wine pairing. Angie’s love of creating, sharing & teaching is sure to win over viewers of all generations as she co-hosts and handles the food side of this wine and food adventure.
Angie has now moved to Ottawa where she runs a successful catering and food consulting business. Her excellence as a chef combined with a love of fresh seasonal ingredients has made her a hit on the chi-chi Embassy circuit. Her company also provides full catering services to the city’s film and television industry.
Stacey Metulynsky is a Sommelier and co-host of This Food That Wine. Stacey is a graduate of the Sommelier Program at Algonquin College in Ottawa, Ontario. She is presently continuing her education by studying for her Intermediate Certificate with the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET). When she's not on TV, Stacey spreads her love of wine through "Groovy Grapes"—a successful wine events company that she co-founded with her husband in 2003. Stacey's events have been featured in a wide collection of publications, she has appeared on numerous local television programs, has her own wine newsletter and writes about wine for many local publications.
In 2000, Ottawa, Ontario native Stacey Metulynsky jumped on the first plane she could after University and embarked on a backpacking trip through Australia. What started out as a standard bus touring and hostel hopping tour down-under, soon turned into an exciting adventure into the world of wine. Within a year Stacey had devoured all but one of Australia's wine regions and managed to develop an appreciation for all Aussie wines (from box or bottle).
She returned to Canada and her desire to learn more about wine continued to grow. Informal wine tasting led to formal wine appreciation courses and trips to wine regions and festivals. Eventually Stacey took the next step, applying to the Sommelier Program at Algonquin College in Ottawa, Ontario. Upon graduating Stacey captured both the National Capital Sommelier Guild Scholarship for Wine Education and the Cave Spring Cellars Sommelier Award of Excellence. She also represented wineries to restaurants and at wine events in Eastern Ontario. Armed with her well-honed wine knowledge Stacey took the plunge and co-founded "Groovy Grapes" focusing on making wine fun and relevant for the modern wine drinker and non-wine drinker alike.