Tracy is a former yacht chef who has cruised extensively in BC and Alaskan waters. Born in Vancouver, she grew up all across Canada and came back west as a teen. Her mother and sister were both fantastic cooks and the family had adventurous tastes, however Tracy could barely make toast when she moved to Montreal to pursue a degree in Earth Sciences. That city’s fantastic food scene plus a solo trip full of cooking courses awoke her culinary passions. When the tech bubble burst, Tracy was propelled from a web career to freelance food & travel writing, and puzzled over how she could see and taste new things for a living. She took a deckhand job on a private yacht and sailed south throughout Central America and the Caribbean. She spent a year in NE Brazil helping build a new yacht, all the while honing her skills as a self-taught chef, delighting in all the new flavours and ingredients. She and her captain husband moved back to Vancouver to help with another new build, during which time she went to culinary school. For the next 8 seasons, that yacht explored the length of the BC coast and Haida Gwaii, SE Alaska and the Kenai Fjordlands. Her cuisine naturally specializes in fresh-caught seafood paired with the region’s best local ingredients, with an emphasis on nutrition and whole foods. Tracy believes that supporting our BC fishers, farmers and food fabricators is the best way to promote healthy eating, cross-cultural exchange, and to ensure a sustainable food web for the next generation. These days she is a private chef, especially to her foodie 5-year-old son, and still travels every chance she gets.
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