Food Laureate

As Food Laureate, Anita Stewart will promote the University of Guelph’s (U of G) culinary contributions to Canada by refining the food inventory, developing public awareness campaigns, organizing events and strengthening connections between producers and consumers. During her two-year appointment, Anita will report jointly to the deans of OAC and the College of Management Economics (CME).

Anita's goal as Food Laureate is "to continue to explore how U of G has set our national and international tables with both talent and ingredients. And while I’m at it, I intend to recognize some very real culinary heroes whom all of Canada can celebrate.”

Anita's Resume

Anita has an impressive résumé. She founded Cuisine Canada to promote the growth and study of Canadian food culture. Anita was the first Canadian to earn a master of arts in gastronomy; has authored or co-authored 14 books on Canadian foods and wines that include many U of examples; and appears regularly on CBC Radio. Besides consulting on Ontario’s culinary tourism strategy, she has worked frequently with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, and the Canadian Tourism Commission and Ontario Ministry of Tourism. Anita also created Food Day Canada, a national event that evolved from her World’s Longest Barbecue in 2003 intended to support Canadian farmers after that year’s BSE crisis. In 2012, she was appointed to the Order of Canada.

A longtime friend and supporter of the University, Anita helped U of G celebrate its own food history by creating a food inventory and preparing a special menu for the 125th anniversary of OAC in 1999. She also helped U of G launch the Good Food Innovation Awards in 2010 to recognize restaurants showing culinary creativity with local ingredients. The College of Management and Economics (CME) awarded her an honorary degree in 2011.

Food Laureate in the Media

"Country welcomed to praise Canada's bounty on Food Day Canada this weekend"
The Vancouver Sun - July 29, 2013

"Get ready to praise country's bounty on Food Day Canada"
The Waterloo Region Record - July 30, 2013

"What is Rural Ontario?"
The Agenda with Steve Paikin - March 14, 2013

Full page ad featuring Anita and the Food Laureate position.
Food Service and Hospitality
magazine - February 2013

"U of G Appoints Food Laureate"
The Portico - Winter 2013

"11 Questions For Food Laureate Anita Stewart"
The Huffington Post Canada  - January 25, 2013

"Hungry For New Ideas? – UoG Food Laureate Speaks Out"
CFRU Radio - November 28, 2012

"Food laureate deserves honour"
The Record - November 26, 2012

"Culinary activist Stewart appointed as Food Laureate"
The Wellington Advertiser - November 16, 2012

"U of G appoints Food Laureate"
The Ontarion - November 15, 2012

"Food laureate will pipe the public to agriculture"
The Grower - November

"Food laureate to promote U of Guelph food programs"
CHCH News - November 12, 2012

"Anita Stewart 1st food laureate at U of G"
CTV News - Kitchener - November 7, 2012

"Anita Stewart appointed Food Laureate at the University of Guelph"
Edmonton Journal - November 7, 2012