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Celebrity Chef Anna Olson

Anna Olson

Celebrity Chef & Speaker

Bio

Celebrity Chef & Speaker Anna Olson is host of Food Network Canada’s Bake with Anna Olson, which follows on the heels of her successful other programs, Sugar and Fresh with Anna Olson. She has earned a loyal following in over 190 countries, and can now be watched on the Oh Yum YouTube Channel as well as on her latest series, Inspired with Anna Olson.

Anna’s culinary philosophy is based on a common-sense approach to cooking and baking, respecting the ingredients and the technique, and enjoying sharing with others through food. Whether demonstrating and teaching her cooking methods to others, or sharing a keynote on topics such as her entrepreneurial journey or the importance of eating local, Olson never fails to impress.

Anna Olson took her love of cooking from a personal passion to a professional career. After achieving a degree in Political Studies from Queen’s University, and a brief stint working in the banking world, she enrolled in the culinary management program at Johnson & Wales University. Today, both the Ontario Hostelry Institute and the Canadian Food & Wine Institute have recognized her for ongoing contributions to the development of Canadian food culture.

Using food as her creative medium, Olson starts with ingredients that sound delicious, then works her way back, creating the components within the recipe body to create a yummy result. Recipe development is one of her great accomplishments, with many successful cookbook publications to her name, including The Bake With Anna Olson Cookbook; Back to Baking: 200 Timeless Recipes to Bake, Share and Enjoy; Fresh with Anna Olson: Seasonally Inspired Recipes to Share with Family and Friends; and In the Kitchen with Anna: New Ways with the Classics.

Topics

Anna Olson's Speaking Presentations:

Anna likes to entertain and enlighten as she speaks to groups from 25 to over 400 guests. Her presentation, while organized and thematic, is very conversational, and Anna's approachable personality warms a crowd. Be sure to leave time for Q&A - Anna likes to answer questions on stage and off.

Anna Olson is also pleased to customize any of her presentations to suit the group to whom she is speaking, and will happily consider break-out sessions, small  session demos and other activities in addition to those listed below. Anna can also offer signed cookbooks for guests, either by pre-order or on-site sales.

A Culinary Adventure Close to Home

Celebrity Chef Anna Olson will share with you her culinary journey, sharing her personal story as she found herself through cooking for others. Tales of people and places that inspired her are peppered with humorous anecdotes of challenges with the ultimate result of Anna finding her way back to where she started, appreciating and valuing what is in her own backyard. Anna has a full inventory of recipe tips to provide, geared towards a common sense approach to shopping locally and cooking with the seasons. The practical advice, recipes, and friendly conversation will have you feeling like you just spent some time with a good friend.

Such topics may include:

ENTREPRENEURSHIP:

"In Good Taste" – a look at Anna's culinary & entrepreneurial journey, her initial inspirations, mentors as well as tales of cookbook writing and food television. From inspiration, planning, funding, branding, motivation and mentorship, she can address each area candidly. This is the most popular topic choice, as it suits a wide demographic.

BRANDING:

"A Tasty Brand" – Anna addresses the contemporary need to not just "have" a brand, but to "be" a brand, in any field. Since everyone enjoys eating, guests from any background can relate and connect with Anna's culinary analogies.

ALSO:

"A Balanced Plate" – Like most, Anna juggles a busy and varied schedule. She shares her insights for cooking and eating well during these busy times. She draws on endearing stories and real-life examples to make her point.

"Eat Fresh, Eat Local" – Anna speaks on the topic of local and seasonal cooking, drawing on the resources of her home region of Niagara. No matter where you live, there are innovative ways to support the local food movement in a reasonable, accessible and affordable way.

Cooking Demonstrations

Anna is happy to perform cooking demonstrations where facilities permit and are available. Anna can create custom presentation to appeal the guests in attendance, and enjoys showcasing dishes that use ingredients of the season, and locally sourced when possible. She engages her group with fragrant smells, can facilitate sampling and often gets guests on stage with her cooking. Anna has worked with catering operations to integrate the dishes she demonstrates into part of the event's meals, and can provide written copies of the recipes for the host's reproduction.

Emcee/Host Services

Anna can well represent herself and your organization as host of your next gala, awards dinner or charitable event. She has hosted numerous events from casual to black tie, can keep an event on schedule, and also drum up enthusiastic bidding for live auctions.

Customized Presentations

Anna Olson is pleased to customize any of her presentations to suit the group to whom she is speaking, and can happily consider break-out sessions, small session demos and other activities in addition to those listed above. Anna has AV support materials to make for rich presentations and also can offer signed cookbooks for guests, either by pre-order or on-site sales.

Celebrity Appearances

Anna Olson is represented by K&M Productions. To inquire about Anna Olson's speaking schedule, fees & booking Anna Olson as your conference speaker, contact us.

Testimonials

Engaging, entertaining, and educational best describe the presentation by Chef Anna Olson to our Franchisees. Anna is an excellent communicator and made the connection with the audience by speaking about her passion for food preparation with confidence and ease. Her genuinely warm presentation style was well received and encouraged the audience to actively participate in Q & A session.

–Bulk Barn

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Engaging, entertaining, and educational best describe the presentation by Chef Anna Olson to our Franchisees. Anna is an excellent communicator and made the connection with the audience by speaking about her passion for food preparation with confidence and ease. Her genuinely warm presentation style was well received and encouraged the audience to actively participate in Q & A session.

–Bulk Barn

Anna Olson was the perfect speaker for our conference and a great wrap up to our day….Anna has a really great understanding of our unique healthcare and hospitality foodservice market, and was able to communicate relevant, industry specific information to our guests. We hope to have Anna speak to our group again in the future.

–Healthcare Marketing Specialist, Sysco Canada

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