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 Business and Economics.
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 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 G 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, now the College of Business and Economics, awarded her an honorary degree in 2011.