Publisher and editor Gail Gordon Oliver is a native of Montreal and a graduate of McGill University who feels that her lifelong passion for food and cooking was nourished by the gastronomic riches of her hometown. Following her move to Toronto with her family in 1996, the local foods and culinary heritage of her new home province were, and continue to be, hers to discover and savour.
After earning a Culinary Management diploma from the George Brown Chef School in Toronto in 1999, Gail joined the test kitchen staff at Canadian Living magazine, where she worked under the expert tutelage of food editor Elizabeth Baird.
In 2004, she started her own consulting company, Flavours of Home, specializing in the fields of culinary education, food writing and editing, recipe development and testing, and menu development. The following year, Gail teamed up with Maran Graphics to produce an instructional cooking book, Maran Illustrated Cooking Basics, published in 2006. Gail also tested, redeveloped and rewrote all of the recipes for Edible: A Celebration of Local Foods, which was published in 2010.
Gail has received wonderful feedback since launching Edible Toronto and the Golden Horseshoe in September 2007, and is extremely proud that just seven months later, the magazine won an Environmental Award of Excellence in the City of Toronto's 2008 Green Toronto Awards. In the spring of 2009, Gail was inducted as a Fellow of the Ontario Hostelry Institute. The following year, the magazine was a finalist in Le Cordon Bleu's World Food Media Awards. And in 2011 Edible Toronto, along with its sister publications under the Edible Communities banner, were awarded the 2011 Publication of the Year Award by the James Beard Foundation.
As the owner, publisher and editor of Edible Toronto, Gail has the opportunity to showcase and applaud Ontario's culinary heritage, its present-day gustatory pleasures, and its healthy, safe and sustainable future, all in a beautifully presented magazine her readers can savour season after season.
She lives in Toronto and is blessed with a supportive and loving family, all locavores by osmosis: husband and soul mate Steven and kids Walker, a lawyer and artist living in Toronto, and Jillian, who is working on a PhD in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.
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