Hall of Fame


Sponsored by the Culinary Historians of Canada


Celebrating the personalities who have shaped Canadian culinary writing and made a lasting contribution to our culture.

2017 Hall of Fame Inductees

At the Gala, Taste Canada Awards also named this year’s Hall of Fame Award inductees sponsored by The Culinary Historians of Canada, Bunny Barss (2017) and Edna Staebler (posthumous).


Bunny Barss is a Calgary-based food history writer and cookbook author whose nine books preserve and celebrate the rich heritage of ranching and pioneer experiences in the Canadian West. Her lively scholarship – rich with anecdotes, interviews with surviving settlers, archival photographs – garnered her an enthusiastic readership among prairie home cooks, making her a best-selling author.


Edna Staebler (1906–2006) was an award-winning literary journalist and author of twenty-one books. These included the Schmecks series of cookbooks: Food That Really Schmecks (1968), More Food That Really Schmecks (1979) and Schmecks Appeal (1987). Her cookbooks were full of wonderful descriptions, colourful anecdotes and flavourful dialect, as we peek into the cooking pots of her friends and family. Ms. Staebler was also among the very first cookbook authors to celebrate regional cooking and as a result, was primarily responsible for bringing the Waterloo region with its good food and drink to the attention of the rest of Canada.


2016 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.


2015 Hall of Fame Inductees

Rose Murray (1941–) 

From writing, to teaching, to television and radio appearances across Canada, over a long career, Murray has shaped our perspective of Canadian cuisine.



Nellie Lyle Pattinson (1879–1953) 

Pattinson wrote the Canadian Cook Book, published by Ryerson Press in 1923 and reprinted twenty times up to 1949.


Helen Wattie (1911–2009) and Elinor Donaldson Whyte (1926–) These two women updated Pattinson’s text to reflect Canada’s prosperity and changing food habits after World War II, with an  innovative 1953 edition, that included – for the first time in Canada – a chapter of “Regional Dishes”.


2014 Hall of Fame Inductees

Michel Lambert

Author of the multi-volume tome: L’Histoire de la cuisine familiale du Québec.



Mona Brun (1920-2013)

The British Columbia-born cookbook author and television personality.


2013 Hall of Fame Inductees

Elizabeth Baird 

Elizabeth Baird’s distinguished career in food began with an invitation from publisher James Lorimer to write a book about Canadian cooking. Classic Canadian Cooking, published in 1974, was her entrée into food writing.  She went on to work at various newspapers, but it was her work as food editor of Canadian Living Magazine – for 20 years – that truly made her a household name.  Along with magazines, there were other opportunities in radio and television – especially Canadian Living Cooks on the Food Network.  And then there were cookbooks, over 30 of them in all, most notably The Complete Canadian Living Cookbook. Elizabeth is the recipient of numerous awards and honours including the Founder’s Award from Cuisine Canada, a National Magazine Award, a Silver Ladle from the Toronto Culinary Guild, and she was also named the Women’s Culinary Network’s Woman of the Year. Most recently, she was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada.




Mère Emélie Caron is a prominent example of the many 19th-century women in religious orders who devoted themselves to feeding the poor with nutritious and tasty foods. She was the second mother superior of the Sisters of Providence, and hers is the only name officially attached to Directions diverses, a cookbook that was originally prepared for use at the sisters’ Mother House and subsequently became a standard kitchen reference at many of Québec’s Catholic institutions. First published in 1878, Directions diverses prompted eight editions up to 1913. Its recipes reflect the culinary tastes of the time, with the inclusion of English and American as well as French and traditional Québecois foods


HELEN GOUGEON – 1924-2000

Ottawa-born Helen Gougeon was a cookbook author, food journalist, and radio and television personality who was best known as an early advocate of ethnic cuisine in Canada and an enthusiastic promoter of regional Canadian cooking. Gougeon’s pioneering Cooking…with an Accent (1946) fostered Canadian interest in ethnic recipes long before the multi-cultural movement made this fashionable. She made Canadian regional cuisine accessible on a national scale by publishing recipes in her newspaper columns that had previously been known mostly through community cookbooks. Gougeon’s columns on cooking appeared in Canadian Living, the Montreal Gazette, the Montreal Standard, the Ottawa Journal and Weekend Magazine. Her broadcasting credits included the CBC television series “Bon Appetit”.


2012 Hall of Fame Inductees

Anita Stewart

Anita Stewart has spoken, written, lobbied and organized across Canada and internationally for nearly three decades on Canadian cuisine.  Academically, Anita was the first Canadian to graduate with an M.A. in Gastronomy, and was awarded a Doctor of Laws (Honouris Causa) by the University of Guelph in 2011.  She holds an honourary P.Ag. designation and a lifetime membership in the Canadian Culinary Federation of Chefs and Cooks, and has written 14 cookbooks. Most recently, Anita Stewart has been appointed as a member of the Order of Canada for her contributions as a journalist, author and culinary activist and for her promotion of the food industry in Canada.



Catharine Parr Traill (1802-1899) was a true pioneer, and author of The Female Emigrant’s Guide, and Hints on Canadian Housekeeping, still useful today after more than 150 years.


Jeanne Anctil (1875-1926) was a teacher of household science, principal of the Ėcoles- Ménagères Provinciales in Montréal and the author of 350 Recettes de Cuisine, published in 1912, and reissued in 1915 and 1924.


Margo Oliver (1923-2010) is frequently referred to as Canada’s “Betty Crocker” and is perhaps, best known for her weekly columns between 1959 and 1982, as food editor of Weekend Magazine and its successor, Today.


2011 Hall of Fame Inductees

Marie Nightingale (died 2014)



Jehane Benoît (1904–1987)


2010 Hall of Fame Inductees

Carol Ferguson


Margaret Fraser (died 2012)



Kate Aitken (1891–1971)


2009 Hall of Fame Inductees

Elizabeth Driver


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