CFWI hosts first-ever Canadian culinary educators conference

Networking, best practices and regional specialization will be on the menu this week as more than 30 postsecondary culinary educators meet for the inaugural conference of Culinary Educators Canada.

The conference, which runs June 13-15, is being hosted by Niagara College’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus. Attendees will participate in a wide range of seminars and workshops that explore topics such as curriculum, future skill requirements, applied research and food science, and food, wine and beer pairings. Speakers will include local author Lynn Ogryzlo, president of Vineland Estates Winery and vice chair of the Wine Council of Ontario Allan Schmidt, and culinary consultant John Placko.

Conference participants will also enjoy a “Homegrown in Niagara Tour,” on Wednesday, June 13, which will include stops at some of Niagara’s top wineries, farms and food producers as well as the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre.

“As one of Canada’s top food and wine destinations, Niagara provides the perfect backdrop for Culinary Educators Canada’s first conference,” said Jon Ogryzlo, Dean of the Canadian Food and Wine Institute. “We at the Canadian Food and Wine Institute look forward to sharing the best of Niagara, and discussing culinary education with educators from across Canada.”

With member institutions from across Canada, Culinary Educators Canada is a national organization that focuses on culinary education at the college level, including faculty, staff. and managers. The organization offers joint initiatives, research and professional development opportunities. For more information, visit

The Canadian Food and Wine Institute is home to culinary, wine and beer education at Niagara College. The CFWI includes NC’s diploma, certificate and apprenticeship programs in culinary, wine, viticulture and brewing. It is also home to the Niagara College Teaching Winery, Niagara College Teaching Brewery and Niagara College’s teaching restaurant, Benchmark.


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