Alyssa graduated from the University of Victoria with a B.A. in English and Environmental Studies. Now, as an avid home cook, she pores through cookbooks like novels and writes with aplomb at Dispatches from the Dinner Table. She enjoys tearing the end off baguettes, pie for breakfast and eating apples, core and all.
Van Doren Chan’s immersion in the Vancouver restaurant industry started from an early age, growing up in a restaurant family. That was the start to a diverse professional culinary career, with notable positions at the Sooke Harbour House, Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver and C Restaurant. As a sommelier, Van joined the Opus Hotel Vancouver in 2007 and Salt Tasting Room in 2010 before turning her attention to the world of winemaking. She is currently living in Osoyoos and enrolled in the Court of the Master Sommeliers certification program.
Jeremy Ferguson is a veteran food and travel writer with the food and drink of 100 countries literally beneath his belt. Unforgettables range from an armadillo eaten in Guatemala—“like chewing into a Brinks truck”—to fried queen bee larvae in the Chinese province of Guanxi.
Amber Goodwin is a creative Graphic & Web designer based out of Summerland BC. Born and raised in the Okanagan, she devotes as much time as she can to enjoying where she lives and finding inspiration from her surroundings. She has created a multitude of print & web media for local businesses and individuals who want to find that hidden passion and drive for the work that is being created. Along with making beautiful print design, Amber designs websites and is a hobbyist photographer. She also does post production for other photographers & designs ad’s for EAT. Look for more of her work at www.ambergoodwin.com .
Colin was born in Nova Scotia and spent his first five years there. His mother and father owned an inn and restaurant and Colin spent his time chatting with patrons or helping serve breakfast. They moved to Victoria for its vibrant food scene and Colin remembers hanging out in the kitchens of many of Victoria’s great restaurants when he was a young boy. Now grown up, he is the editor of the South Island Mountain Bike Magazine and writes for EAT! He also works on graphic design projects for various companies. Colin enjoys racing road and mountain bikes competitively and has had numerous top place wins, including a top 20 in the BC provincial championships in 2012.
Gary Hynes, a writer and photographer, founded EAT magazine in 1998 and is its editor and chief paperboy. He studied Electronic Music with Samuel Dolan at Toronto’s Royal Conservatory of Music, Audio Recording Technology at Ryerson University, and Photography and Journalism at Camosun College. He has worked in radio and theatre, was the guitarist in Horn, played synthesizer with the Doppler Brothers and bass for Minutes from Downtown. After working as the sommelier at Palmerston Restaurant with chef Jamie Kennedy, Gary and his wife moved to Nova Scotia and opened the Cooper’s Inn and Restaurant, where Gary was the chef and received a star in Where To Eat in Canada and the Built Heritage Award from the Government of Nova Scotia. He has written for NW Palate, Western Living, West Coast and Century Home magazines and conceived and edited the award-winning wine book, Island Wineries of British Columbia. He lives, breathes, and eats in Victoria, BC.
Anya Levykh was born on the shores of the Black Sea, in what was formerly the USSR. The cold, Communist winters were too much for her family, and, before she was four feet tall, they had left for warmer climes in the south of Italy. After steeping in olives and a little bit of grappa (purely by accident) for a few seasons, she arrived in Canada on American Independence Day, and was promptly told she was on the wrong side of the border. Despite the lukewarm welcome, Anya stayed and went on to study music and literature at the University of British Columbia, and cooking in her mother’s kitchen. She is now a freelance writer and editor, and the weekly food columnist on CBC Radio One’s On the Coast. She lives with her daughter and an ever-growing collection of cookbooks in Vancouver, B.C. Visit her at www.foodgirlfriday.com
Jeannette is a wine-sipping, beer-loving, food-indulging freelance writer. After two decades spent in a variety of corporate houses, Jeannette quit her day job and invented one that better fit someone with an addiction to art and literature. Jeannette lives in Oliver, BC, with her fella and three lazy felines. Her writing can be found in various online and print media.
Treve Ring is a wine writer, editor, judge, consultant and certified sommelier, and has been with EAT Magazine for over a decade.
In addition to her work with EAT, she is the BC Regional Editor for SIP Northwest Magazine, Wine Critic and contributor for WineAlign, Beverage Consultant for Edible Canada and founding partner in Cru Consultancy.
Treve received her Sommelier Diploma from the International Sommelier Guild, and Diploma from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust. Along the way she has become a French Wine Scholar through the French Wine Academy, a certified Sherry Educator through the Sherry Academy in Jerez, a Wine Location Specialist with the Center of Wine Origins (Champagne & Port), and is currently completing certification with the Society of Wine Educators. She was a contributing author for the award-winning book, “Island Wineries of British Columbia”, published in early 2011 (revised 2013).
She is currently working her way through visiting every wine growing region worldwide – a seemingly (and fortuitously) endless goal. www.treve.ca
As a tiny tot, Morgan inherited her fathers appetite for all aspects of the English language. Raised on the west coast, where quality dining and food culture are as prolific as flowers and saltwater, she developed a taste for the vast Victorian culinary scene. Writing poetry for as long as she can remember, Morgan recently realized that there truly was no better way to marry her love for writing with her equally abundant love for food and drink. With many years in the service industry, it was time to venture beyond serving the plate and start writing about it. A graduate in political science and history from Uvic, she decided to forego a life in politics and textbooks and is thrilled to have the opportunity to write for EAT, and share what she loves doing.
Adem Tepedelen is a Victoria-based freelance writer and editor who specializes in music, travel, food and drink. In 2008 he won the Michael Jackson Beer Journalism Award. His work has appeared in EAT, Fine Cooking, Wine X, Imbibe, All About Beer and CityFood. He also writes a monthly beer column for Decibel magazine called Brewtal Truth and does a blog with the same name. Adem contributed to the EAT book “Island Wineries of British Columbia“.
Jay Grew up in Whitby Ontario and has been working in restaurants since stone wash was cool. From grill guy, to baker, to waiter, he has a passion for service that keeps him coming back to the table. The wine bug bite Jay early in 2000 and he gained his Sommelier Diploma from ISG in 2003. He completed the WSET diploma in 2012. Currently he can be found pouring wine at Hawksworth restaurant. Coming soon to a glass near you.
Sylvia Weinstock spent the first twenty years of her life growing up in Toronto, and the rest of her life growing in many directions on Vancouver Island. She is a short story writer, a published poet and has edited poetry anthologies, a cookbook with essays on herbs, and other non-fiction books and magazines. For more than sixteen years, Sylvia has written about food and the healing properties of foods and herbs for four Canadian magazines, as well as columns and articles on trends, artists, architecture, design and urban events. This Victoria-based writer has written for EAT magazine since the first issue.
Having lived on the West Coast all her life, Rebecca made the move from Vancouver to Vancouver Island in 2004 to pursue her love of fine food and expressive portraiture. A food and lifestyle photographer, her work can be defined by capturing the heart of the person (or the artichoke) with creative passion.
Rebecca reads cookbooks like novels, is currently obsessed with dried black mission figs and looks forward to the day that she has enough time to make her own cheese.
Rebecca has been a contributor to EAT magazine since 2007.