Five questions with Chef Ben Kramer (Winnipeg, MB)

Five questions with Chef Ben Kramer (Winnipeg, MB)

  1. What does “good food” mean to you?
    Good food means food that is not only accessible and nutrient dense, but is also grown and harvested in a way that doesn’t harm the planet or the workers involved in growing and harvesting it.
  2. What’s your all-time perfect bite of food?
    Anything that is harvested at its peak in season. Right now I am gorging on fresh tomatoes.
  3. What’s your most beloved food memory from childhood that inspires you as a chef?
    My first bite of pasta with pesto. I was quite young and with my parents in New York. I thought green pasta was weird. It was the first time I realized that food can be something transformative.
  4. What do you think needs to change in Canada to create a healthier and fairer food system?
    I think we need to focus on the real cost of producing food. ‘Garbage’ food being subsidized and ‘real’ food being high cost is backwards. We need to level the playing field and eradicate the idea that good healthy food is inaccessible.
  5. At Community Food Centres Canada we help build programs that grow // cook // share // advocate for good food. What’s the first thing you think of when you hear this four words? Fill in the blanks.
    Grow….your own food. Grow your knowledge base. Play in the kitchen and have fun.
    Cook….from scratch as often as possible.
    Share…your experiences. Encourage others to start cooking. Build the momentum.
    Advocate….for access. So many Canadians don’t have access to good healthy food.

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