About the Hosts
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 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.
Canadian Living food editor Elizabeth Baird has been sharing her love affair with food on Canadian Living Television and has appeared regularly on The Dini Show, Canada A.M. and Global News at Noon. Her wit, charm and inimitable food style are key components to the dynamic new show Canadian Living Cooks. Born in Stratford, Ont., Elizabeth graduated from the University of Toronto with a degree in Modern Languages and Literature. She spent a year in France as Assistante Anglaise at the Lycee des Eaux Claires in Grenoble and three years in London, England, before returning to Toronto to teach for almost 20 years.
Cooking and food, however, remained her passions. And no wonder. She came from a family of outstanding cooks and bakers for whom food was central to any celebration-and a celebration could be as simple as a mid-week family meal.
When Elizabeth met publisher James Lorimer, he encouraged her to combine her skill at teaching with her love of food and, in 1974, she published the best-selling cookbook "Classic Canadian Cooking." Elizabeth began contributing to Canadian Living as a freelancer and, in 1987, joined the magazine as Food Editor. She has authored 25 Canadian Living cookbooks, including the best-selling "Best of" series.
Elizabeth's reputation for showcasing Canadian foods, new food talent and our country's multicultural food heritage is renowned. So, too, is her commitment to the belief that food plays an important role in our social fabric.
"Sure, we have to eat to live," says Elizabeth. "But food-lovingly prepared and lovingly shared-encourages us to connect with each other, and to nurture and sustain our rituals, traditions and heritages.
"Canadian Living Cooks allows us to visit with viewers in their homes -and that's an honour. It's a wonderful chance for me to share my passion for cooking-and eating-and to introduce viewers to my favorite recipes for every day and for special occasions, all of which have been tested until perfect in the Canadian Living test kitchen. So I know they'll work in home kitchens, too."
Elizabeth is a founding board member of Breakfast for Learning, a Canadian Living Magazine Foundation. She was honoured by the Toronto Culinary Guild's first Silver Ladle award, a National Magazine Award for food writing in Canada, and with the Ontario Hostelry Institute's Gold Award in the Media Category. Elizabeth lives with her husband, George, in Toronto.
Canadian Living Test Kitchen Associate Emily Richards shares her energy and expertise as co-host of Canadian Living Cooks.
A native of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., Emily began her food career early-she learned to make bread and pasta at her grandmother's knee when she was only 3. Food was the touchstone in Emily's Italian family, so no one was surprised when she opted to get her degree in Home Economics, specializing in Food and Nutrition.
Emily joined Canadian Living in 1996 as a summer student, expecting to stay only three months. But, as so often happens, fate intervened and, at the end of her internship, Emily joined the Canadian Living test kitchen full-time, contributing to recipe development and testing the magazine's award-winning recipes, including those for Canadian Living cookbooks. She also plays a key role in the Canadian Living Cooking School, teaching Canadians how to cook-and, just as importantly, how to enjoy-wonderful foods from around the world. This past year, Emily starred on the Canadian Living stage at The Good Food Festival in Toronto, wowing guests with her wit and wisdom.
"I live by a very simple philosophy," says Emily. "Live, love, cook! I think these are the three most important ingredients to a full and happy life. My life is food and I want to invite everyone in to enjoy the experience."
Emily lives with her husband, James, in Woodbridge, Ont.