Medley – Food & Drink Festival (Dario is the Celebrity Chef)
A three-day weekend event full of jam-packed fun for the entire family!
Cook & Eat Together to Stay Together is what we say and do!!
Passion is Cooking is about bringing couples, friends and family together through food to foster meaningful connection, and reconnection. World-renowned Celebrity Executive Chef Dario Tomaselli and his partner, Mindset Rich Life Strategist Anita Heidema share their passion for delicious food, healthy home cooking & juicing, and the age-old practice of preparing and sharing meals together, through easy online videos, interactive cooking classes, global food reviews and international culinary tours.
Together, they integrate their culinary and mindset techniques to foster healthier lifestyle eating habits, better relationships and more positive lifestyle choices. Their mantra of ‘cook & eat together to stay together’ is born of a simple mission: to encourage people to go back into the kitchen, connect with food to reignite the experience of sharing a meal, and your time, with one another.
#cooktogether, #eattogether, #traveltogether
To see Chef Dario and Anita in action and get recipes, food tips, and global food reviews visit:
About Dario Tomaselli
Dario Tomaselli is a world-renowned Celebrity Executive Chef and Culinary Artist. A scion of a successful hotelier family, Dario’s gastronomic passion began as a young child in his nonna’s kitchen, where he spent countless hours watching, learning and developing his culinary skills as she created the age-old family recipes that fostered his love of food and the art of meal preparation. His passion was further refined by the family’s chefs, who, amused by his interest, patiently shared their expertise with him. When the time came for him to settle on a career path he decided to stray from his family’s long lineage of Doctors to follow his passion for cooking. He attended Culinary School in Stresa, Italy.
His 39-year career within the culinary world spans across the globe, from Switzerland, France, Spain to Milan, Mexico and eventually to Toronto, where he became the rising star as head Executive Chef of the award-winning Oro—receiving numerous accolades for his creative and critically-acclaimed menus. His harmony of flavours and panache for food has garnered him the respect and following of world leaders, appreciative patrons and friends around the world. He has helmed the kitchens of many notable restaurants including Centro, Il Posto, Four Season, Biago. Grand Melia Hotel in Cancun he was Executive Chef and opened Melia Hotel restaurants in Asia and South America.
Today, you can also find Dario teaching the next generation of chefs as a Professor in the Culinary Department of Toronto’s George Brown College where he is the International Coordinator of their Post Diploma programs in Italian Cuisine. Dario is a firm believer that food leaves a meaningful impact on our way of life. Reconnecting with farmers where food and product begin their journey and learning how to respect our cooking creations; not only from a sustainable point but also the connection to family and friends that cooking and food brings: Creating delicious meals feeds the soul. He now takes that message to the masses alongside his partner, Anita Heidema, with whom he has created Passion is Cooking, a lifestyle and media brand which encourages couples, families and friends to ‘cook & eat together to stay together’, which sharing favourites recipes and pairings that are simple yet sumptuous.
About Anita Heidema
A successful entrepreneur herself, Anita Heidema has been called a Mindset & Strategy Guru by both Executives and Entrepreneurs, credited with getting them clear on their ‘big dream’ and lifestyle while facilitating programs providing leadership-focused strategies to help them achieve those dreams. Her credentials are extensive, including over 30 years of formal study and experience in management for a global $7 Billion company, focusing on high-level sales, and business and personal development. A proud life-long student and teacher she has gained much of her formal education at Erickson for Coaching, NLP, Harvard Mentor Business and taught at Ryerson University in the graphic communications program. Yet, she attributes her most valuable learning from the University of Life which she credits with teaching her the insights and expertise she shares through her Mind Your Business class, Meditation, Rich Life & Business programs, in her best-selling book Vitality Knocks, and on her Ah-Ha Moments for Success Podcast.
Anita is an avid proponent for health awareness and is now both a mentor and mental health advocate to others after helping her family navigate through her mother’s Lewybody Dementia. She also co-presents seminars on the health and relationship benefits of healthy home cooking, having recently launched the “COOK & EAT TOGETHER TO STAY TOGETHER” Passion Is Cooking Lifestyle TV and Passion Is Cooking a multi-platform, lifestyle, travel, food, cooking media program, with her partner, world-renowned Italian Chef Dario Tomaselli.
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