World News – CA – Community mourns loss of food winner Anita Stewart


WELLINGTON CENTER – Members of this community and agricultural and culinary leaders across the country mourn the loss of Anita Stewart

Resident of Elora, Member of the Order of Canada and Gastronomic Laureate at the University of Guelph, has passed away on age 29-73

« Anita was a true champion of local cuisine and will be sadly missed by all who knew her, » said Senator Rob Black in an Oct 30 social media posts

« She was known as a strong supporter of all things Canadian, a true innovator and trailblazer, and also a cherished and loved personality, » said Yates

Jackie Fraser, co-owner of Fraberts Fresh Foods in Fergus, knew Stewart as a « dear friend » and « an incredible pioneer and advocate of the local food movement »

Fraser remembers with fond memories that Stewart launched the world’s longest barbecue to support the Canadian beef industry after the ‘mad cow disease’ or BSE (bovine spongiform encephalopathy) crisis in 2003

Eventually the event turned into Food Day Canada, a national celebration of Canadian food and agriculture

Stewart was « a strong supporter and promoter of women in Canadian agriculture and agri-food, » Fraser said

« Thank you, Anita, for all you have done for Canadian agriculture, local cuisine and our beloved Wellington Center. You will be sorely missed »

Food Day Canada has announced that on October 30, Niagara Falls will be lit in red and white – a Food Day Canada tradition – in honor of Stewart, the founder of the event

« Shedding light on Canadian cuisine was his joy and his passion, » the organization said on Twitter

« His spirit and passion for Canadian cuisine and the people who bring it to life were second to none »

Author or co-author of over a dozen books on Canadian food and wine, Stewart was the first Canadian to earn a Master of Arts in Gastronomy studying at the University of South Australia

She wrote for several newspapers and magazines and was also a regular contributor for the CBC

« Our culinary traditions can be present on any world stage. We should be very proud of who we are as a culinary nation, as a culinary nation, » Stewart told the announcer

In June 2009, Stewart was inducted as an Honorary Life Member of the Canadian Culinary Federation of Chefs and Cooks

In 2012, the University of Guelph named Stewart as its first Food Fellow, the University’s Honorary Ambassador for Advocacy and Leadership and Advancement

« We are internationally recognized as the place of food research, education and technology, but our contributions to the culinary life of Canada needed to be more widely praised, » she said during her nomination

Last year the university announced it was upgrading the school’s Macdonald Institute food lab – and named it Anita Stewart Alumni Food Laboratory

In 2018, Stewart received the first Dinner Bell award from the Canadian Center for Food Integrity (CCFI), which recognizes an individual or effort that « innovates in public trust in food with collaboration and leadership with a significant impact « 

She has been recognized by many agri-food partners for her work to bring the food industry closer to consumers

Through her culinary expertise and advocacy, Stewart was renowned across the country and beyond, but she always kept her hometown – and her county – at the forefront

“Wellington County is rich in culinary resources; food resources are enormous here, ”she says

Again this summer, Stewart highlighted the importance of supporting local farmers, producers and restaurants during the COVID-19 pandemic

« If anything, COVID-19 has made us infinitely more attentive to our local food supply … and why we have to say thank you to our farmers / fishermen / processors »

Food Day Canada asks people to leave tributes on Stewart’s personal Facebook page for his family

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