Raised in a food-centric family, Alana graduated from Dubrulle Culinary School in 2002, worked in some of the most demanding kitchens in Vancouver, and quickly earned recognition as a leading and coveted chef in the city, successfully running the kitchens at Cru Restaurant and The Hart House. A Chopped Canada winner, her confidence and trust in herself is contagious. Board member of Les Dames d’Escoffier chapter of Vancouver, Alana is committed to empower women in her profession. Today, Alana is a Culinary Instructor and co-owner of Northwest Culinary Academy. In this capacity, Alana has an approachable intensity and will call it the way she sees it, giving detailed feedback and making students feel good rather than lousy about mistakes – proof that perhaps nurturing mothers make great teachers.