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  1. Jennifer

    October 1, 2012 by Start From Scratch

    What’s your major? Anthropology.

    Why do you want to take part? I would love to learn how to cook and expand skills that are often neglected. Plus food has such a beautiful culture, a excellent way to reach out to others.

    How would you describe your level of cooking expertise? Rather basic.

    What is your least favourite thing to eat and why? Greasy deep fried food, because you feel terrible after eating it. Or soup, I strongly dislike soup. It’s like you take these amazing tasting things and just water them down, and the consistency. Just terrible. Also, not too keen on sandwiches, the epitome of boring.

    If you could learn to cook one dish what would it be? Biryani.

    Which restaurant(s) in your city do you go to regularly? I go for sushi a lot, to different places.

    Any last words? I would be so excited if I got selected.


  2. Adrian

    October 1, 2012 by Start From Scratch

    What’s your major? Chemistry (doctoral).

    Why do you want to take part? Because I am running out of different hot sauces to put on my frozen pizza.

    How would you describe your level of cooking expertise? I am pretty good at not burning things.

    What is your least favourite thing to eat and why? My words, because I’m proud.

    If you could learn to cook one dish what would it be? Stir fry. Apparently it’s really easy, and healthy.

    Which restaurant(s) in your city do you go to regularly? Any good Greek, Indian, Thai or Viatnamese place.

    Any last words? Nope.


  3. Lauren

    October 1, 2012 by Start From Scratch

    What’s Your Major? Accounting, with a minor in Geography.

    Why do you want to take part? I would love to be a part of this because I love eating food, but I’m not very good at making it yet!

    How would you describe your level of cooking expertise? I’m a big fan of putting obscure spices into stir-fry concoctions and things, but other than that, I wouldn’t say my cooking efforts have been very successful to date.

    What is your least favourite thing to eat and why? At this point, the only food left that I really don’t like is pickles. And one extremely terrible mystery vegetable I ate when I was traveling in Vietnam.

    If you could learn to cook one dish what would it be? I would love to know how to make a good pizza from start to finish. Using pita breads for crust just isn’t quite the same!

    Which Calgary restaurant(s) do you go to regularly? I’ve been known to frequent The Kilkenny for wing nights, but other than that I’m too frugal for eating out in Calgary!

    Any last words? This program looks awesome. :)


  4. Nicole

    October 1, 2012 by Start From Scratch

    What’s Your Major? Human Resources at the University of Calgary.

    Why do you want to take part? I have been following Start from Scratch on twitter since it was “KicktheKD!” I want to improve my cooking skills (or lack thereof!) and have a great time doing it!

    How would you describe your level of cooking expertise? Ha…..non-existant? So on a scale of 1 to 10, probably a 1. My best meals consist of ichiban or hashbrowns and eggs.

    What is your least favourite thing to eat and why? I don’t like cheese and mushrooms, just the texture and taste are not up my alley. I’m honestly not very picky at all!

    If you could learn to cook one dish what would it be? BUTTER CHICKEN & NAAN BREAD. MMMMM…………. (insert drool face here) it’s my favourite dish of all time (and the key to my heart)!

    Which Calgary restaurant(s) do you go to regularly? My favorites have got to be Famoso, Taj Mahal, Kinjo, Pho Binh Minh, Coras, District, Shwarma Palace, and Vintage Chophouse and Tavern (on special occassions). I love trying new places.

    Any last words? No.


  5. Miranda

    October 1, 2012 by Start From Scratch

    What’s Your Major? Bachelor of Science in Anthropology.

    Why do you want to take part? I want to learn how to cook so I can be more independent. I can make pasta and use a canned sauce, however pasta everyday is not a nice future culinary wise. I would like to learn how to cook different items so that I can have a varied healthy diet that my body will thank me for. Basic cooking skills are so important for everyday life because cooking is something that is done almost everyday. I would like to take part in this program so I can gain a life skill.

    Currently I live at home, but my mom and dad both work late hours and it would be awesome to prepare a meal for them instead of having them come home and having to cook themselves all the time. If I was able to help them out with something little like a cooked meal a few nights a week it would be a small repayment for everything they have done for me. Plus cooking is a skill that I will carry with me for the rest of my life. I am addicted to the food network, I love food, I would love to know how to prepare it myself.

    How would you describe your level of cooking expertise? Minimal, I know how to rough chop vegetables plus cook pasta. I am a decent baker.

    What is your least favourite thing to eat and why? My aunt is Chinese. She made chicken feet once, and the texture was extremely weird. It is very rubbery, and it was a bit gross. Plus, there is a bit of a societal taboo against eating chickens feet in North America. I would like to say I was not affected, but I had a hard time moving past the idea I was eating ‘chickens feet’. I would really like to not eat that again.

    If you could learn to cook one dish what would it be? My parents favorite dish is risotto, so I would like to learn to cook that. Plus risotto is very versatile, so it could be changed with different ingredients.

    Which Calgary restaurant(s) do you go to regularly? The Coup, Earls, and Sushi Ichiban.

    Any last words? No.


  6. Jessica

    October 1, 2012 by Start From Scratch

    What’s Your Major? International Business.

    Why do you want to take part? I have always been extremely passionate about cooking. I lived in Russia for most of my life, which gave me the opportunity to travel and experience various cuisines. I also have always thought that after graduating with a business degree, to attend culinary school in NYC. Before I attended University of Calgary, I had a deal with my dad that if i graduated from university then he would pay for culinary school. My father also said that he would one day open a restaurant with me.

    How would you describe your level of cooking expertise? I have never had formal training in cooking, however I have always been very hands on in the kitchen. I like to experiment and take risks. My friends love coming over for dinner cause im always making something different.

    What is your least favourite thing to eat and why? My least favorite thing to eat in Ham. I have never enjoyed the texture, nor the sweet element of it. As in Canada, it is usually prepared with pineapple.

    If you could learn to cook one dish what would it be? I go through food obsessions every once in a while, and for the last couple months I seem to always order Tuna Tataki. I love the salty and almost pickling element to it.

    Which Calgary restaurant(s) do you go to regularly? One of my favorite restaurants in Calgary is Laurier Lounge. I enjoy how fresh there ingredients are, especially their salads. Other restaurants: Charcut, Taste, Cactus Club Also, FoodTrucks!

    Any last words? I would love the opportunity to attend this class. Cooking is my greatest passion and it would be amazing to gain some more knowledge. When I travel I try and attend every cooking festival possible. Recently I went to Miami food and wine festival, and the burger bash. The picture I attached is from a couple years ago, when i met Aaron Sanchez at his restaurant in NYC. He let me help him make my own dish!


  7. Maggie

    October 1, 2012 by Start From Scratch

    What’s Your Major? History.

    Why do you want to take part? I would love to take part because I have heard this is SUCH an amazing program. I live by myself and don’t get many opportunities to cook, especially with or for other people, so I would just love the experience.

    How would you describe your level of cooking expertise? Well my mom is quite the gourmet cook. So I understand a bit from helping her out. That being said, I am definitely out of practice. Probably medium but of course it varies depending on the dish

    What is your least favourite thing to eat and why? Cilantro. It just rubs me the wrong way. I’ll eat it, but I’d prefer not to.

    If you could learn to cook one dish what would it be? Lasagna. It may seem simple, but I think knowing how to make a killer lasagna will win you points at any dinner party. It can be quite the art. And who doesn’t love lasagna?

    Which Calgary restaurant(s) do you go to regularly? Bonterra is my favourite but the price can be steep so I wouldn’t call it “regularly”. I also enjoy Boxwood, District Tavern and Famoso.

    Any last words? Bon Appetit?


  8. Jaylene

    October 1, 2012 by Start From Scratch

    What’s Your Major? Accounting.

    Why do you want to take part? I love food and learning :) I can follow recipes to the par (accounting makes its mark) but my favourite recipes are always the ones that a friend will teach me! I prefer learning through experience with people.

    How would you describe your level of cooking expertise? My cooking is a beginner level, but I make great smoothies!

    What is your least favourite thing to eat and why? Fast food. Anything with MSG gives me headaches — no fun! Homemade is much better!

    If you could learn to cook one dish what would it be? Flavoured rice and chicken with cheese and broccoli inside.

    Which Calgary restaurant(s) do you go to regularly? Earls.

    Any last words? This is a dream come true…free cooking classes for students!


  9. Alena

    October 1, 2012 by Start From Scratch

    What’s Your Major? International Marketing and Business Management

    Why do you want to take part? I love good food! And also hugely enjoy cooking, but would like to expand my knowledge and skills past where they currently are.

    How would you describe your level of cooking expertise? Basic-intermiddiate.

    What is your least favourite thing to eat and why? Green bell peppers – I ate a dish prepared with what must have been rotten peppers. Needless to say it was a turn off, for sure.

    If you could learn to cook one dish what would it be? Foie gras…anything.

    Which Calgary restaurant(s) do you go to regularly? Una, Farm, Bow Bulgogi House, Red’s Diner

    Any last words? You shake I’ll bake.


  10. Mekale

    October 1, 2012 by Start From Scratch

    What’s Your Major? Open Studies student.

    Why do you want to take part? I want food to be my friend not my enemy, and I definitely think that eating healthy goes hand in hand with feeling healthy. My problem is trying to come up with and (successfully) making healthy nutritious meals while dealing with food sensitivities…and basically having no cooking skills.

    How would you describe your level of cooking expertise? Beginner. I love vegetables and can throw together delicious salads; I also have some staple soups I can make pretty well.

    What is your least favourite thing to eat and why? Miso soup, mainly because of the strong fishy flavor.

    If you could learn to cook one dish what would it be? Moussaka, mainly because I love eggplant.

    Which Calgary restaurant(s) do you go to regularly? The Coup.

    Any last words? I would really love to learn how to make healthy food choices and I think this program sounds like a great way to start my healthy food journey!