Chef Merri Schwartz, Founder, Growing Chefs – Food Talks Vancouver Volume 8

This evening was organized by Richard Wolak, Vancouver Foodster.

Speaker shown in this video is:

Chef Merri Schwartz, Founder, Growing Chefs

Here is Merri’s bio, courtesy of

Merri Schwartz credits her childhood with awakening her interest in baking. Raised by back-to-the-land hippies, she didn’t buy her first bag of granulated sugar until the age of 18. She learned in a kitchen filled with carob, honey, and whole wheat flour that everything could and should be homemade. A whirlwind pastry career later, Schwartz has been lucky enough to serve as pastry chef at some of BC’s best restaurants since 2002, including King Pacific Lodge, C Restaurant, Quattro on Fourth, Raincity Grill, The Granville Island Hotel, and Cocoa West Organic Chocolatier, as well as training at the Valrhona Chocolate Institute, outside of Lyon, France.

The same passion for food and agriculture led Schwartz to found Growing Chefs! Chefs for Children’s Urban Agriculture in 2005. This Vancouver-based, non-profit organization pairs chef volunteers with elementary school classrooms, where the chefs help the students plant, grow and cook their own vegetables. Schwartz founded Growing Chefs! with the hope that sustainable practices will become integral to living and cooking in Vancouver, and in cities like it all over the world. After acting as the executive director of Growing Chefs! for four and a half years, Schwartz joined the board of directors as the chair in 2010.

Food Talks is an evening of expert speakers from the Vancouver Food community.

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Food Talks Volume 8 was held in Vancouver BC Canada on June 11th 2013.

Presented by Richard Wolak,

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Videography by Geoff Peters of Birds in the House Productions

Filmed at the Westin Grand, 433 Robson Street, Vancouver BC Canada

Closing music by Laundryman used with permission.

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