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Favourite Desert Island Foods from Our 2022 Program Coaches

What food would you take with you to a desert island? You can only choose one desert island food – and it’s a tough choice! Do you opt for something practical, or a food you really, really love?

The Culinary Nutrition Expert Program begins on September 15th and our program coaches live in cities across North America and Europe. We are excited to introduce them to you! Today, they’re sharing their favourite desert island foods. 

Our coaches are all honours graduates of our program and support our students through the 14-week guided curriculum, ensuring no one is left behind. If you’re still thinking about joining us, it’s not too late! Registration closes soon, so hop on over here to find out more.

Favourite desert island foods from our 2022 Program Coaches

Sondi Bruner

City: Vancouver, British Columbia
Year Graduated: 2012
Favourite Desert Island Food: I’d take dark chocolate with me. Chocolate is packed with nutrition – but honestly, that’s not the reason why it’s my desert island food. I would miss it too much, and I don’t think I’d be able to make it or find it on most islands. I’ll just keep my fingers crossed that my desert island also has some foods I can forage!
Culinary Nutrition Focus: Digestive health and allergen-friendly cooking. I aim to inspire others to focus on abundance, not deprivation.

Lora Appleby

City: Port Coquitlam, British Columbia
Year Graduated: 2021
Favourite Desert Island Food: If I had to choose a single ingredient to take to a desert island, it would be Romano beans. Beans have always been a big part of our family meals growing up, as they are super nutritious and delicious. We’ve always grown and preserved our beans from our family farm, specifically the Romano bean variety. In addition to being rich in protein, fibre, vitamins and minerals, they help us feel full and satisfied. 
Culinary Nutrition Focus: My culinary focus to date has been to help support the healing and prevention of digestive cancers. Through educational workshops, I focus on balancing inflammation and improving digestion through cooking from…


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