International Women’s Day: Toronto Edition

By Fiesta Farms

/Mar 8 2024

Photo by Melissa Askew on Unsplash

In the bustling culinary scene of Toronto, there exists a constellation of remarkable women whose passion, innovation, and dedication have left an indelible mark on the city’s gastronomic landscape. As we celebrate International Women’s Day, let’s shine a spotlight on these culinary queens who have transformed Toronto’s food culture and captivated our taste buds.

Firstly, let’s raise our glasses to Rebecca MacKenzie, founder of the Culinary Tourism Alliance. MacKenzie’s commitment to sustainability and her focus on local, seasonal ingredients have made her a trailblazer in the field of Culinary Tourism and this city’s farm-to-table movement, inspiring both chefs and diners alike.



Next, let’s pay homage to Joshna Maharaj, a culinary activist and advocate for healthy, sustainable food systems. Maharaj’s innovative approach to institutional cooking has revolutionized the way we think about food in places like hospitals and schools. Her book, Take Back The Tray, reconnects food with health, wellness, education, and rehabilitation in a way that serves people, not just budgets, and proves change is possible. Let’s celebrate her tireless efforts to bring fresh, nutritious meals to all of us.



No tribute to Toronto’s culinary queens would be complete without mentioning Evelyn Chick, an award-winning mixologist whose cocktails have delighted palates across the city. With her creative concoctions and meticulous attention to detail, Chick has taken the art of mixology to new heights. With the launch of her first book she’s been on tour across the country – look for her engaging segments on The Good Stuff, promoting excellence in cocktails and sharing how easy it is to make great drinks at home.



Beyond Toronto’s borders, we must also acknowledge the pioneering work of Anita Stewart, a passionate advocate for Canadian cuisine whose legacy continues to inspire generations of chefs and food enthusiasts. Through her writing, education, and advocacy, Stewart has championed Canadian farmers, producers, and artisans, shining a spotlight on the rich culinary traditions that define our nation. Her book, Anita Stewart’s Canada, is essential reading for everyone.

As foodies and lovers of fine dining, we owe a debt of gratitude to these remarkable women who have enriched our lives with their talents and vision. On this International Women’s Day, let’s raise a glass and toast these culinary innovators of Toronto – may their creativity, passion, and resilience continue to inspire us all.