Chef Tony Minichiello, Culinary Instructor/ Co-Owner, Northwest Culinary Academy of Vancouver. Chef Tony graduated in 1988 from l’Institut de Tourisme et d’Hôtellerie du Québec. He has been teaching both the professional and the home cook for over 20 years. Chef Tony is an approachable, unpretentious, and inspiring teacher whose explicit goal is to combine his chef skills with his commitment to education.

Ian Lai

Chef Ian Lai, Culinary Instructor at Northwest Culinary Academy of Vancouver, studied business, psychology and criminology in university. He worked for Hy’s for 11 years in the front and back of the house and had the opportunity to help open Hy’s Ottawa. He graduated from VCC’s culinary program and worked for six years at the Four Seasons Hotel, where he developed and managed their apprenticeship program. He also taught at Dubrulle for 4 years and had the opportunity to work as the Resident Chef of the U.S. Consulate General between 2002 and 2004. Ian is also the founding Director for the Terra Nova Schoolyard Society, a non-profit organization that engages elementary school children with the earth and agriculture at large.

kinney-1Chef Jonathan Kinney A 10th generation Canadian Jonathan grew up in a household where food was fuel. Early on, he knew he loved to cook and although he always dreamed of doing something in food, life got in the way. Following a BA in History and Geography and later a Masters in Public Administration, Jonathan ran a management consulting firm for 13 years. But at as he approached 40 he knew he wanted to seriously pursue a career in food. Jonathan is a graduate of the Northwest Culinary Academy of Vancouver and where his various roles include assistant to the culinary and pastry programs and head of media.

Angel LukAngel Luk, BSc, RD is a registered dietitian with the College of Dietitians of BC and a member of the Dietitians of Canada and SportMedBC. She completed her dietetics degree with honours through the University of British Columbia and currently works as a Clinical Dietitian within Vancouver Coastal Health Authority and is the Consulting Dietitian to the Richmond Olympic Oval. Angel is the author of an upcoming book on sports nutrition.



Harry Karlinsky, MD, MSc, FRCPC, is a Clinical Professor within the Department of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia. He has a long involvement with various innovative professional and public education initiatives. Among various honours, Dr. Karlinsky was the winner of the inaugural UBC Faculty of Medicine Innovation in Continuing Medical Education award.