About Passion Is Cooking | Chef Dario and Anita

About Chef Dario Tomaselli & Anita Heidema

Passion is Cooking is about bringing couples, friends and family together through food to foster healthy meaningful connection, and reconnection.

Have we, as a generation, forgotten the art of slowing down and being present with the ones we love?

We’re here to remind you about cooking (and eating) together to stay together.

Here’s your chance to re-awaken your excitement for life. Explore the Mediterranean lifestyle and discover a newfound passion for home cooking, travel and relationships with the ones closest to you.

At Passion is Cooking, we believe time is your most precious resource.

How often do you find yourself wishing you had more time to spend with the ones you love?

One moment you’re graduating school or changing diapers and the next you’re sending your kids off to college. Suddenly, you’re caring for your aging parents and perhaps even finding yourself in a position where you’re forced to say goodbye. You’re tired of feeling disconnected and alone and you want more out of life.

We’ve been there.

You have the opportunity to choose happiness every day through the habits you create.

This is your chance to reinvest in the experiences and relationships that fill your cup, so you don’t have any regrets when you look back on your time here.

Are you ready to live a more passionate, connected and inspired life?

With so much for you to discover here, your passion for life can be nurtured.

Browse our free meal planning resource, discover easy dinner hosting solutions with the International Dinner Club, check out our delicious recipes, cooking demonstrations, travel ideas, or blog inspiration for a fulfilling lifestyle.

You can change your life path at any moment.

The choice is yours.

We are living proof of this fact. After our first marriages ended and our children grew up, we found ourselves looking for a fresh start. Then we discovered each other.

Now, we get to enjoy our second chance at life together, as partners in the kitchen, in business, and in travelling the world.

We get to use our wisdom and life experiences to create something meaningful for others.

As a World-Renowned Multilingual Italian Chef and a Rich Life Strategist & Health Advocate, we have so much to share with you. Our healthy and passionate Mediterranean lifestyle and mindset initiatives will inspire you to create a lifestyle that brings you joy.

We’ve integrated our skills with global culinary techniques, nutrition and mindset adjustments to show you how. It’s time to feel more confident—and have more fun—in the kitchen again, while re-discovering the world and re-connecting with the ones you love. In turn, this creates a ripple effect to re-ignite other facets in your life.

Are you ready to make a change?

Sign up to our online community (it’s free), and re-awaken your passion for food, travel and each other.

About Dario Tomaselli

As a scion of a successful hotelier family, my culinary passion began as a young child, in my Nonna’s kitchen in Italy. This is where I learned my age-old family recipes that fostered my love of food – I grew up watching, learning and developing my culinary skills as Nonna created them.

My skills have been further developed through my education in Culinary School, E Maggia, in Stresa Italy and then meeting my next mentor, outside his Nonna, Chef Gualtiero Marchesi, the founder of modern Italian cuisine. I’ve had the opportunity to workalongside such chefs as: Massimo Bottura on the Pope initiative to feed the planet in Milan and in the global award-winning book Bread Is Gold, as well as Pierluigi Bacchetta, and Fred Giradet. My 39-year career within the culinary world spans across the globe, from Switzerland, France and Spain to Italy, Mexico, South America, Asia and eventually to Toronto, where I opened and became the rising star as head Executive Chef of the award-winning Oro. It was here that I found my individual style—receiving numerous accolades for my creative and critically-acclaimed menus and being awarded Top 10 In Canada. My harmony of flavours and panache for food has garnered me the respect and following of world leaders, appreciative patrons, and friends around the world. I have helmed the kitchens of many notable restaurants including: Montreaux Palace, Principe di Savoia, Cala di Volpe, Centro, Il Posto, Four Season, Biagio, and Grand Melia Hotel in Cancun where I was Executive Chef. I also opened Melia Hotel restaurants in Asia and South America.

Today, you can also find me giving back and teaching the next generation of chefs as a Professor in the Culinary Department of Toronto’s George Brown College, where I am the International Coordinator of their Post Diploma programs in Italian Cuisine. I am a firm believer that food leaves a meaningful impact on our way of life. It’s about reconnecting with local farmers around the world, where food and product begin their journey, and learning how to respect our cooking creations; not only from a sustainable point, but also in terms of the connection to family and friends that cooking and food brings. Creating delicious meals feeds the soul. I now take that message to the masses alongside my partner, Anita Heidema, through the creation of Passion is Cooking.

About Anita Heidema

As a successful entrepreneur, I am called a Mindset & Strategy Guru by both Executives and Entrepreneurs, credited with getting them clear on their ‘big dreams’, so they can build a successful business and lifestyle. I do this through implementing and facilitating programs, and providing leadership-focused strategies to help them achieve a rich life and business on their terms.

My credentials include over 30 years of formal study and experience in management for a global $7-billion company, focusing on high-level sales, business and personal development. I am a proud life-long student and teacher, having gained much of my formal education at Erickson for Coaching, NLP, Harvard Mentor Business and teaching business at Ryerson University in the graphic communications program. Yet, I attribute my most valuable learning from the University of Life which I credit with teaching me the insights and expertise I share through my Mind Your Business class, Meditations, Rich Life & Business programs, in my best-selling book Vitality Knocks, and on my Ah-Ha Moments for Success Podcast.

Second generation Dutch, I am an avid proponent for health awareness, nutritional advocate and juice expert where I pair juicing for health and taste to all of Passion Is Cooking meal creations. I am also both a mentor and brain & mental health advocate to others after helping my family navigate through my mother’s Lewybody Dementia and President to FHLDF. I also present seminars on the health and relationship benefits of healthy home cooking, having recently launched the “Cook Together to Stay Together” Passion Is Cooking Lifestyle TV and growing Passion Is Cooking to become a multi-platform lifestyle, travel, food and cooking media program, together with world-renowned Italian Chef Dario Tomaselli.

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*Master Cooking & Juicing Classes.
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*Global Culinary Retreats

Giving back

We support the Fenna Heidema Lewy Body Foundation and are advocates for the Sustainable Food Movements.

International Dinner Club

Re-discover your passion for cooking to develop a deeper connection in your relationships, have some fun, feel inspired by your excitement for travel and create a life you love.

The International Dinner Club is a monthly or single purchase program that incorporates healthy recipes, global flavours, exclusive culinary techniques and travel tips.

Save time and energy when hosting your next gathering, while discovering culinary comforts and a renewed appreciation for preparing and sharing meals together.

International Dinner Club

Re-discover your passion for cooking to develop a deeper connection in your relationships, have some fun, feel inspired by your excitement for travel and create a life you love.

The International Dinner Club is a monthly or single purchase program that incorporates healthy recipes, global flavours, exclusive culinary techniques and travel tips.

Save time and energy when hosting your next gathering, while discovering culinary comforts and a renewed appreciation for preparing and sharing meals together.

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