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Our Team

 Dan Clapson (Founder and Co-Director)

 Originally from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Dan has been living in Calgary since 2006. He is constantly creating in his home kitchen and testing out new dishes on his friends, for better or for worse. An avid chef-at-home, his great love of food can be seen on his website where he chronicles all of his culinary adventures. His palate does not discriminate (except against Nutella), and as a result, he is always on the lookout for unique ingredients and one-of-a-kind flavour profiles.

Dan is a contributing writer to Avenue Magazine, Food Network Canada and Metro News, among other publications. He has recently appeared on Food Network Canada series Eat St. and You Gotta Eat Here. Dan is regular guest on Breakfast Television in Calgary, where he can be seen creating original dishes on-air. His recipes have been featured by various publications and online sources, most recently in Culinaire Magazine and the 2011 holiday issue of Canadian Living.

When Dan isn’t spending his free time working on the Start From Scratch program, you can find him planning his next supper club gathering, writing in the corner of his neighbourhood coffee shop, or enjoying a pint at The Ship And Anchor. He also has a parrot, Baub, who occasionally comes close to being dinner…

You can follow Dan on twitter at @dansgoodside


Jacinthe Koddo (Co-Director)

Jacinthe is a Vancouver-based food blogger and kitchen advocate. Her greatest mission is to help first time cooks gain kitchen survival skills. She became involved with Start From Scratch when she heard a radio interview with Dan Clapson and subsequently emailed him insisting she get involved with the program. Jacinthe takes a practical approach to cooking, providing many variations and substitutions to her recipes to suit different diets and pantry stocks.

Jacinthe’s lifelong love of food has been fostered by many chefs, most notably her grandmother. When she was young, they would make typical Eastern European fare like cabbage rolls, perogies and homemade cottage cheese, among other meat-and-potato-based meals. Nowadays, Jacinthe prefers simple recipes made with whole foods that are good for the body, mind and soul.

Born and raised in Calgary, Jacinthe received her Bachelor of Interior Design from Mount Royal University. After a 4-year jaunt in Toronto design world, she decided to pursue other interests. She is an alumna of George Brown College and the Cooking School of Grandma and ran her own culinary business for a time. In August 2012, Jacinthe relocated to Vancouver, BC, and completed a certificate of Ayurvedic Studies and subsequently a Diploma of Holistic Nutrition at the Institute of Holistic Nutrition (2013). In between teaching and cooking, Jacinthe can be found exploring her newly adopted city, roaming farmers’ markets and enjoying BC’s gorgeous nature.

Jacinthe blogs the utmost tastiest recipes on her site

You can follow Jacinthe on twitter at @jacinthekoddo


Vincci Tsui (Calgary Instructor)

Vincci is a Calgary-based registered dietitian who loves delicious food that nourishes. Vincci gets just as excited over breaking down the science of nutrition as she is trying a new dish or dining spot. She believes that good nutrition is about developing a positive relationship with food; she is passionate about helping people discover that healthy eating can be quick, easy and delicious, and that it’s perfectly OK to indulge in the occasional treat!

Vincci is frequently called upon to provide expert advice on nutrition and food in print media and television. She has appeared on CityTV’s Breakfast Television and Global TV news, and has contributed to Calgary’s Child magazine. Vincci also shares recipes and restaurant reviews on her blog Ceci n’est pas un food, and is the food editor of Calgary is Awesome.

Born in Hong Kong and raised in Calgary, Vincci received her Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences from McGill University in Montreal and completed the university’s Integrated Dietetic Internship. She is registered with the College of Dietitians of Alberta and is an active member of Dietitians of Canada.

When she’s not cooking, eating, or in front of the computer, Vincci can often be found at the gym, training for her next Muay Thai fight.

She tweets about nutrition at @VincciRD and everything else at @VincciT.


Thomas Brown (Saskatoon Instructor)

Thomas Brown has lived in Saskatoon for 7 years. His beginning involved first learning how to cook the perfect steak at the Keg Steakhouse and Bar. Eventually harnessing his skills and becoming the Sous chef apprenticing under the executive chef Michael Link. Appreciating the culinary styles of Italy, Thomas has mastered a great deal of skill from Chef Curtis Lefleur. Thomas became a chef with Athabasca Catering up in Northern key lake where he remained for 2 years.

Upon returning to Saskatoon, Thomas gained a improved understanding of baking working with the highly talented team under the leadership of Chef Clint. Thomas possesses a Level 1 Sommelier in the worlds of wine. Working at the Willows Country Club is where Thomas met his now co-pilot, Dylan Houliston, where they both have taken on this grand adventure in beginning this unique and exciting catering company: Wild Cuisine Private Catering!


Laura Lushington (Start From Scratch Web Editor)

Calling Calgary home for all of her life, Laura is a recent graduate of Mount Royal University’s Bachelor of Communication – Journalism program. She is Avenue magazine’s web intern. Laura was also web editor at The Reflector (MRU’s student newspaper) and is a former editor at The Calgary Journal.

Spending her childhood knee deep in cookies, ice cream and her Babcia’s Nanaimo bars, Laura’s palate has only recently expanded. After realizing that what you eat greatly affects your health, Laura has adopted a diet full of vegetables and whole grains. Although she tries to keep a vegetarian diet, Laura will admit that bacon still happens every once in awhile. Her favourite quick meal is a salad of mixed greens, with either beets or strawberries, goat cheese and a homemade balsamic vinaigrette. She prefers baking to cooking, and can often be found putting muffins into the oven at midnight.

When not trying to get her family to eat less meat and more veggies, Laura can be found at hot yoga or planning a return trip to India. Her greatest guilty pleasure is her season tickets to the Calgary Stampeders.

Follow Laura on Twitter @LauraLushington


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