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PASSION IS COOKING
Chef Dario Tomaselli & Anita Heidema

About Passion is Cooking

Passion is Cooking is about bringing couples, family and friends together through food to foster meaningful connection, and reconnection. World-renowned Executive Chef Dario Tomaselli and his partner, Mindset Rich Life coach Anita Heidema share their passion for good food, healthy home cooking, and the age-old practice of preparing and sharing meals together, through easy online videos, interactive cooking classes and international culinary tours. Together, they integrate their culinary and mindset techniques to foster healthier eating habits, better relationships and more positive lifestyle choices. Their mantra of ‘cook together to stay together’ is born of a simple mission: to encourage people to go back into the kitchen to reignite the experience of sharing a meal, and your time, with one another.

Dario Tomaselli is a world-renowned Executive Celebrity Chef and Culinary Artist. A scion of a successful hotelier family, Dario’s gastronomic passion began as a young child in his nonna’s kitchen, where he spent countless hours watching, learning and developing his culinary skills as she created the age-old family recipes that fostered his love of food and the art of meal preparation. His passion was further refined by the family’s chefs, who, amused by his interest, patiently shared their expertise with him. When the time came for him to settle on a career path he decided to stray from his family’s long lineage of Doctors to follow his passion for cooking.

 

His 39-year career within the culinary world spans across the globe, from Switzerland, France, Spain to Milan, Mexico and eventually to Toronto, where he became the rising star as head Chef of the award-winning Oro—receiving numerous accolades for his creative and critically-acclaimed menus. His harmony of flavours and panache for food has garnered him the respect and following of world leaders, appreciative patrons and friends around the world. He has helmed the kitchens of many notable restaurants including Centro, Il Posto, Four Season, Biago, and the Grand Melia Hotel in Cancun.

Today, you can find Dario teaching the next generation of chefs as a Professor in the Culinary Department of Toronto’s George Brown College where he is the International Coordinator of their Post Diploma programs in Italian Cuisine. Dario is a firm believer that food leaves a meaningful impact on our way of life. Reconnecting with farmers where food and product begin their journey and learning how to respect our cooking creations; not only from a sustainable point but also the connection to family and friends that cooking and food brings: Creating delicious meals feeds the soul. He now takes that message to the masses alongside his partner, Anita Heidema, with whom he has created Passion is Cooking, a lifestyle and media brand which encourages couples, families and friends to ‘cook together to stay together’, which sharing favourites recipes and pairings that are simple yet sumptuous.

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A successful entrepreneur herself, Anita Heidema has been called a Mindset & Strategy Guru by both Executives and Entrepreneurs, credited with getting them clear on their ‘big dream’ while facilitating programs providing leadership-focused strategies to help them achieve those dreams.

 

Her credentials are extensive, including over 30 years of experience in management for a global $7Billion company where she honed her expertise in high-level sales, business and personal development, with accreditation from programs at Harvard Business School. She now shares her expertise as an Instructor at Ryerson University. Yet, she attributes her most valuable learning from the University of Life which she credits with teaching her the insights and expertise she shares through her Mind Your Business class, Meditation, Rich Life & Business programs, in her best-selling book Vitality Knocks, and on her Ah-Ha Moments for Success Podcast.

Anita is an avid proponent for health awareness and is now both a mentor and mental health advocate to others after helping her family navigate through her mother’s Lewybody Dementia. She also co-presents seminars on the health and relationship benefits of healthy home cooking, having recently launched the “COOK TOGETHER TO STAY TOGETHER” Passion Is Cooking Lifestyle TV and Passion Is Cooking a multi-platform, lifestyle, travel, food, cooking media program, with her partner, world-renowned Italian Chef Dario Tomaselli.

 

His 39-year career within the culinary world spans across the globe, from Switzerland, France, Spain to Milan, Mexico and eventually to Toronto, where he became the rising star as head Chef of the award-winning Oro—receiving numerous accolades for his creative and critically-acclaimed menus. His harmony of flavours and panache for food has garnered him the respect and following of world leaders, appreciative patrons and friends around the world. He has helmed the kitchens of many notable restaurants including Centro, Il Posto, Four Season, Biago, and the Grand Melia Hotel in Cancun.

The Green Chef has developed a reputation within the industry as having the best variety and quality of cannabis edibles Canada has to offer. The Green Chef works with our members on a consultation basis, working with them to explore all their options in obtaining the easiest access to medicinal marijuana in edible format. The products that are produced are made only with quality ingredients and we always put an emphasis on freshness. The Green Chef can tailor your selection to fit your specific needs, all while making the tastiest treats! Want to find out more? Visit us July 21st as the Green Chef to watch the cooking demonstration.

 

**Please note this is a cooking demonstration only, not a tasting.

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Urban Dish, is one of the highest rated restaurants north of Toronto. Through passion and love of cooking they aim to create the best culinary experience for you. Come out to Medley Fest to meet Kevin Harris, Bar Chef to try his speciality cocktails and see him compete in the Caesar competition. A variety of foods like sliders and smoked salmon will be available to try, Urban Dish emphasizes the importance of farm to table ready to create you the most fresh and tasty foods.

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147, located in the downtown core of Barrie will create you an unforgettable meal. Priding themselves on making sophisticated yet classic Italian cuisine. Be sure not to miss out on the wonderful demonstrations that will have your mouth watering.

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Cravings Fine Food Market & Catering began in the kitchen of owner Angela. The popularity of her talent grew so she decided to open her store location in 2006, in Barrie. As Angela felt Barrie needed a more natural gourmet food option. Don’t miss out on this VIP opportunity. Cravings Fine Food will be catering the VIP section with the best local gourmet food.

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Medley Food & Drink Festival 2018. Get your tickets today!