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2016 Taste Canada Awards Hall of Fame Inductees

Julian Armstrong

For over fifty years, Armstrong has tirelessly explored the cuisine of her adopted province, Quebec. For The Montreal Gazette and The Montreal Star she traveled into every region to record its recipes and food stories. Her two cookbooks – A Taste of Quebec (1990, updated 2001) and Made in Quebec: A Culinary Journey (2014) – explained and celebrated her province’s cuisine to Canada and the rest of the world. An award-winning food journalist, she mentored many other food writers. Julian Armstrong is a true Quebec / Canadian food ambassador.

James Barber

James Barber (born 1923; died 2007) was a Vancouver engineer who started food writing in his late forties. The first of his twelve cookbooks was Ginger Tea Makes Friends in 1971, which encouraged kitchen confidence with simple techniques and fresh, easy-to-find British Columbian ingredients. He became best known as “The Urban Peasant,” the name of his 1991 to 2002 CBC cooking show, which demonstrated unpretentious, flavourful dishes. A witty and genial culinary writer and television personality, Barber strove to demystify recipes so that anyone could produce tasty meals from local ingredients – an approach that presaged the 100-mile diet.


Members of The Taste Canada Hall of Fame


Rose Murray

Nellie Lyle Pattison (1879 1953)

Helen Wattie (1911–2009)

Elinor Donaldson Whyte


Michel Lambert

Mona Brun (1920–2013)


Elizabeth Baird

Mère Emélie Caron (1808–1888)

Helen Gougeon (1924-2000)


Anita Stewart

Catharine Parr Traill (1802–1899)

Jeanne Anctil (1875–1926)

Margo Oliver (1923-2010)


Marie Nightingale (died 2014)

Jehane Benoît (1904–1987)


Carol Ferguson

Margaret Fraser (died 2012)

Kate Aitken (1891–1971)


Elizabeth Driver



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