Ep 009 | A chat with Cookbook Author, Food Network Host and Canada’s Baking Sweetheart, Chef Anna Olson
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In this episode of the Culinary Chronicles Podcast, Lisa talks with Anna Olson.
In this episode of the Culinary Chronicles Podcast, Lisa talks with Anna Olson. Anna may be Canada’s baking sweetheart but she’s an accomplished savoury chef as well. With her positive and common-sense approach in the kitchen, she has become one of the country’s most recognizable television chefs. With almost two decades on Food Network Canada, with shows like “Bake with Anna Olson” and now series such as “Great Chocolate Showdown”, her audience has expanded globally through broadcast television and her Oh Yum YouTube channel, which now has well over 1 million subscribers.
An expert in writing recipes with a practical sense, her work appears in magazines and best-selling cookbooks (11 to date), including translation into Spanish. Her most recent book, “Baking Day”, earned a Gold Medal at the Taste Canada Cookbook Awards, and her newest cookbook, “Baking Wisdom”, will be released in March 2023.
An avid promoter of the local movement, she practices shopping for great local ingredients and works under the motto “what grows together, goes together”. Anna is an ongoing student of food and cooking. Now rocking full-time on recipe development, writing and hosting food media online and on television. Many local charitable organizations benefit from her ongoing contributions to the community.
In their conversation, Lisa and Anna talk about;
- Her process of recipe creation and testing
- The transition from a restaurant recipe to a home cook-friendly recipe
- The journey of writing a cookbook
- What her typical work week as a content creator looks like
- The adventures that her culinary tours can take you on
- What the magical Niagra wine region is like
- What Anna’s idea of an elaborate dinner party would look like