Ontario Culinary Tourism Awards of Excellence

Every year, the Ontario Culinary Tourism Awards are judged by a nominated panel of esteemed judges.  Candidates are pulled from industry, media and destination organizations.


Allison Kent   @AliCatChef

Writer and recipe developer Alison Kent is enthusiastic-to-obsessive about all things food, beverage and travel-related. She is Editor-at-Large for Taste of Home Canada magazine, and her articles and recipes have appeared in The Toronto Star, Best Health, Reader’s Digest Canada, Canadian LivingEnsemble Vacations magazine, Clean Eating, Dabble magazine, InsideOut Hawaii, and on travel websites, including Travel + Escape, and Travel Mindset. A certified chef by trade, Alison has authored a number of cookbooks, including the best-selling Canadian Living: The Vegetarian Collection

CharlesGriecoJ. Charles Grieco  

J. Charles Grieco is the Chair and President of the Ontario Hostelry Institute (The OHI).

The OHI is an industry-based organization that focuses on quality and innovations in post-secondary institutions that attracts and provides professional education for the industry.

To learn more about the OHI and their efforts, visit: www.theOHI.ca


KatTancock_2013Kat Tancock   @KatTancock

Kat Tancock is a freelance writer, editor and digital consultant based in Toronto who works as new media editor at Food & Drink magazine, contributing writer for Vitamin Daily and health & wellness blogger at Travel + Escape.

She writes on health, fitness, food and travel for magazines and newspapers including Canadian Living, Reader’s Digest, the Globe and Mail and Fresh Juice.


Photo by Julia Pelish PhotographyRod Charles   @RodAlCharles

Rod is an entrepreneur with a passion for travel, adventure and good food. He’s worked as the travel editor at AOL / Huffington PostCanada and his travel articles have been published in the Toronto Star. Rod is a managing partner of Vacay.ca, Canada’s leading online publication focused solely on Canadian culture and destinations. Along with his leadership role in business development, he is also Vacay.ca’s Deputy Editor and Director of Communications.

Rod has also been a proud volunteer with Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Toronto for 10 years. A graduate of Ryerson University, Rod is a comic book and history buff. Living in Toronto, but raised in the small-central Ontario village of Holstein, Rod is a country boy at heart who has never met a farmer’s market he didn’t like.

To learn more, take a look at the Judges Criteria or contact Agatha Podgorski at 416-644-3601

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