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Artisan Incubator program seeking new food artisans


January 25, 2013
By The Canadian Press

Jan. 25, 2013, Canada – A new program is being launched to help 20 up-and-coming culinary artisans increase their business.

Jan. 25, 2013, Canada – A new program is being launched to help 20 up-and-coming culinary artisans increase their business.

In the program, dubbed the Artisan
Incubator, 10 luminaries from the Canadian food industry will share
information and guidance to help artisans create hand-crafted, natural
and authentic items.

ACE Bakery, one of the 10
“tastemakers” for the program, began baking artisan breads at a small
bakery cafe in 1993. The breads are now available across Canada, the
U.S. and the Caribbean.

Canadian artisans have until Feb. 15 to apply for the program by submitting a profile at acebakery.com/artisan-incubator.

The 20 artisans will be announced the week of March 18 and the incubator will run June 20-22 in Toronto.

Participants will attend a seminar
about developing an artisan business, including branding, marketing and
business planning. Each artisan will also host public workshops and have
the chance to be one of two artisans selected for further business
development.

The nine other tastemakers who will serve as judges are:

  • Anita Stewart, Canadian culinary activist, author and University of Guelph Food Laureate, Guelph, Ont.
  • Pete Luckett, gourmet food store and Luckett Vineyards owner in Halifax.
  • Chef Anne Desjardins, executive chef, co-founder and co-owner of Hotel-Restaurant-Spa L’eau a la Bouche in Ste Adele, Que.
  • Chef Lynn Crawford, host of Food Network Canada’s Pitchin’ In and owner of Ruby Watchco in Toronto.
  • Chef Lora Kirk, executive chef at Ruby Watchco in Toronto.
  • Chef Connie DeSousa, finalist on Food Network’s Top Chef Canada and chef and co-owner of Charcut Roast House in Calgary.
  • Chef John Jackson, chef and co-owner of Charcut Roast House in Calgary.
  • Robert McCullough, publisher of Random House’s recently created lifestyle imprint Appetite in Vancouver.
  • Michele Genest, writer of The Boreal Chef cooking column for Yukon, North of Ordinary Magazine, in Whitehorse.