Presenters


Experience world-class talent from the Sea to Sky and beyond. Inspire your mind, learning from our expert keynotes, gain new skills at chef demonstrations and geek out at our workshops. Soak up top-tier and rich experiences that bring out the best flavours of Cornucopia.

Cornucopia 2017's line up is still in the works! Below is who was featured at Cornucopia 2016.



2016 CORNUCOPIA AMBASSADORS AND KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
 

  • Samantha Rahn
    CORNUCOPIA AMBASSADOR

    A passionate sommelier and world-traveler, Samantha arrived at Araxi in...

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  • Eric Blouin
    CORNUCOPIA AMBASSADOR

    Founder of Taste Whistler, Eric has dedicated his professional...

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  • Madeline Puckette
    KEYNOTE PRESENTER

    Madeline describes herself as “a musician and graphic designer gone wine geek.”She developed...

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  • Jamie Goode
    KEYNOTE PRESENTER

    Jamie Goode is a London-based wine writer, lecturer, wine judge and book author. With a PhD...

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2016 CORNUCOPIA GUEST CHEFS

  • Chef Alan Ferrer

    Alan’s passion for providing guests with an unforgettable culinary experience has driven...

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  • Chef Benito Molina

    The city of Ensenada in Baja California is fast emerging as one of Mexico’s...

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  • Chef Dan Hayes - The London Chef

    From Commis to Head Chef, Dan Hayes has worked with various talented chefs in numerous high-end...

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  • Chef David Hawksworth

    Chef David Hawksworth realized his culinary vision at his first eponymous restaurant, in the very heart...

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  • Chef Eric Pateman

    A Vancouver native with a lifelong passion for food and wine, Eric has worked in the hospitality industry...

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  • Chef Steve Ramey

    As the new Head Chef at Christine’s, Steve Ramey will bring the culinary prowess he honed as the...

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  • Chef Randy Jones

    Randy Jones is the Chef / Owner of Mile One Eating House located in British Columbia's awesome...

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  • Chef Wolfgang Sterr

    Wolfgang Sterr joined Whistler Blackcomb as Executive Chef in 2011. Born and raised...

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  • Chef Luis Valenzuela

    Originally from Guadalajara, Mexico-born Luis Valenzuela had a passion for food at an...

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2016 DRINK SEMINAR PRESENTERS AND WINE EXPERTS

  • DJ Kearney

    DJ Kearney is a Vancouver-based wine educator, wine writer, judge,...

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  • Sid Cross

    Sid Cross is the Honorary President globally for The International Wine & Food Society...

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  • Kelly Ann Woods

    Kelly first cut her teeth in the Toronto food and beverage scene where she obtained a...

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  • Rachelle Goudreau

    Raised on her mom’s delicious home cooking and organic produce from the family garden...

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  • Paul Watkin

    Paul is an independent writer and wine educator located in...

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  • Joanne Sasvari

    Joanne Sasvari is a Vancouver-based writer who covers food, drink, travel...

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  • Daenna Van Mulligen

    Daenna Van Mulligen is a Vancouver based wine writer...

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  • Ken Beattie

    Ken’s passion for the beer industry began in British Columbia...

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  • Joanne Digeso

    Joanne has her feet firmly placed in both Vancouver and Whistler. She recently...

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  • Lisa Cook

    Lisa Cook is the co-creator of Sunday School – a monthly series of popular...

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  • Dave Stansfield

    David Stansfield is an independent sommelier – wine nerd for hire...

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  • Chris Funnell

    Chris Funnell describes himself as someone who has an unquenchable...

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  • Julia Diakow

    Julia Diakow started working in the hospitality industry at the age of sixteen...

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  • Mark Pennington

    Originally from Leeds in Yorkshire, England, Mark Pennington is a...

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  • Albert Kirby

    A Manitoba local, Albert Kirby has been in the F&B world for 20 years,...

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  • Gez McAlpine

    Gez McAlpine has been involved in the spirits and cocktail industry for close to a decade. Originally...

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  • Dan Volway

    Dan Volway is used to being an expert. With more than 20 years of experience...

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  • Glenn Fawcett

    Glenn Fawcett is the President of Black Hills Estate Winery. Black Hills is a small hand-crafted...

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  • Ken Winchester

    Ken Winchester has been a winemaker and distiller for more than 20 years. Ken studied winemaking...

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  • Ollie Powrie

    Ollie Powrie joined Villa Maria Estate as the Company Viticulturist in 2007. He currently oversees...

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  • Rachaal Steele

    Rachaal Steele has been working in the craft beer industry for almost 15 years...

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  • Alex Sokol Blosser

    Alex Sokol Blosser is the son of Sokol Blosser’s founders, Susan Sokol Blosser...

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  • Michael Brown

    Although he was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Michael...

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  • Keith Nicholson

    A certified Sommelier, the majority of Keith’s career in wine has been...

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