Diane is a Vancouver-born chef, teacher, food writer and expert in hosting international visitors. Her culinary experience includes formal training at the Cordon Bleu in London, living and cooking around the world, teaching in a wide range of cooking schools, and working in the kitchen of Bishop's, one of Vancouver's top restaurants. Outside of the food industry, Diane has a Masters of Arts in Intercultural Communication and has designed and led international student and professional learning exchanges in Vancouver. Now settled within a short walk of Granville Island Market, Diane shops there almost daily and has come to know many of the vendors and the best sources for produce and ingredients in the peak of their season. Guiding visitors and offering tastes of Vancouver-based products is an extension of her daily life. She is also currently embarking on a cookbook project, transitioning the body of work on her blog <a href="http://nourishingvancouver.com/">Nourishing Vancouver</a> to a step-by-step guide to hosting dinner parties.
Having worked on Granville Island on and off for the last 16 years I know the island and the people who work on it well. There is a good sense of community on the island and has a real sense of Vancouver past, present and future. Since the Island hosts millions of tourists every year its accessible and a joy to show people around. I've been to many countries around the world and have enjoyed lots of different food experiences. I feel Granville Island is a great place to find great food, art and culture. Being a local and having lived in the city for the past 20 years, I understand what visitors enjoy seeing and experiencing in this beautiful city. I realizes people want different things from a small tour and cater to the needs of groups so that people feel welcome and will enjoy their experience.
Kimberley teaches private technique-based cooking classes in Vancouver. Born and raised in Alberta, she always had an interest in food. During her administrative career, she completed a chocolate course at the Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, and operated a successful home-based chocolate business on the side. While living in the US, she took part-time culinary and pastry classes at the L’Academie de Cuisine in Maryland. This catapulted her to switch careers completely and she returned to Canada to enroll in a full-time culinary and pastry program in Vancouver where she received honors. She went on to work with a start-up company where she developed, filmed, and taught professional cooking skills online. In between all that, she has traveled to 40+ countries and developed a keen sense of cuisines and flavors. She is blessed to be situated in Vancouver where she can play with plenty of fresh, local ingredients, as well as the diverse food imports from around the world. She enjoys teaching cooking classes one-on-one or in very small groups for the most intensive learning, and that matches her love for Context’s small group tour size. Meeting other travelers, learning, talking about, and sharing local food, brings her tremendous joy.