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 www.dansgoodside.com 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 Culinaire, among other publications. He has appeared on Food Network Canada series Eat St. and You Gotta Eat Here many times and is a regular guest on Breakfast Television in Calgary, where he can be seen creating original dishes on-air.
When Dan isn’t spending his free time working on the Start From Scratch program, you can find him cooking dinner for friends, 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
Vincci Tsui (Co-Director)
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.
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 and currently run a popular local catering company: Wild Cuisine Private Catering!