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Tonia Wilson — Sommelier

Tonia's interest in food and wine began while finishing her university degree in the Loire region of France. With an abundance of wonderful food and wine products at her fingers she started to study the history of French cuisine and its classical recipes. On returning to Ottawa she completed the Culinary program at Algonquin College and shortly after began working in various restaurants in the nation's capitol.

Tonia's Background

Tonia has spent much of her culinary career in Europe holding positions as Head Chef at the Canadian Embassies in both Italy and Belgium. While mastering the local cuisines Tonia also honed her wine skills by studying and traveling through Europe's most prestigious vineyards. Her love of wine lead to her certification as a Sommelier with the Italian Sommelier Guild (AIS) in Rome, Italy. Tonia now focuses on teaching about food and its intricate relationship with wine through her company Savour.

Tonia's Favourite Saying to Novice Chefs:

"Incorporate lots of scent into your food with loads of fresh herbs and spices, the more aroma it has the better it will taste!"

Tonia's Favourite Piece of Calphalon Cookware:

Calphalon One Infused Anodized 14" Everyday Pan