BAKED is a collaborative, creative project by several talented Canadian recipe developers, food photographers, and food stylists. Tune in each week as they bring rustic, accessible baking straight to your home kitchen. Through BAKED, there will be something for everyone.
Thanks for stopping by, and happy baking!
Kris Osborne is a recipe developer, writer, photographer, and all around food content creator from Southern Ontario. She is a culinary graduate with a background in holistic health and her blog, 80twenty, celebrates that vibrant balance. Day-to-day, she freelances as a creative director and content creator, teaches cooking classes in the GTA for fun, and most importantly cooks healthy, delicious, inspired food for her most cherished audience—her 1 year old daughter and hubby-to-be.
Kris has collaborated with a number of brands and editorial publications. Her work has appeared in The Huffington Post, Clean Eating Magazine, Go Gluten-Free Magazine, Imbibe Magazine, Canadian Living, Impact Magazine, Eat In Eat Out Magazine, Tuja Wellness, The Kitchn, and Food 52, among others.
Through BAKED, Kris will bring you a range of goodies from authentic, fermented sourdough bread to accessible gluten-free desserts. Her treats will always bring the kind of comfort and goodness that comes with cozying up, baking at home, and doing things from scratch, but with the addition of wholesome, better-for-you substitutions or add-ins. She gets weak in the knees for chocolate studded, nut-packed cookies, crusty sourdough bread, flaky pastry, and anything that has a high-vibe spin on it. Chia is her add-in of choice and indie, folk music creates the backdrop of her kitchen creations.
Ashley Colbourne is a food photographer, food stylist, and recipe developer from Toronto Ontario. She currently works as a part-time pastry chef at a local catering company. Her blog, Butterflyfood, is a place to share recipes and food photos of the things she is currently cooking up. You will most definitely find her strolling through farmers’ markets on a Saturday, or seemingly forever stuck in a corner of the cookbook section at her local bookstore, all the while listening to vintage mystery radio.
Ashley’s work has appeared in SAVEUR, Food and Wine, Style at Home, the Huffington Post, Mingle magazine, and Oh Joy, and she’s collaborated with Patience Fruit and Co. and Natrel.
For BAKED, Ashley plans to share her love of stress-free baking with a mix of sweet and savoury treats–from the oh-so-decadent-I-want-it-all-covered-in-chocolate-and-then-some, to a healthier–some vegan, some gluten-free–for those lighter days when we’re still looking for a little treat. Her go-to ingredient is coconut. Deciding on whether or not she should add coconut sometimes results in a stalemate.
Kelly Brisson is a recipe developer, food photographer, part time digital marketing consultant and full time stay-at-home-mother to one rambunctious toddler in her home base of Ottawa, ON. Her personal blog, The Gouda Life, focuses on seasonal, whole food recipes made with love for the people she loves. She can’t live without fresh bread and quality salted butter and is known to choose a cheese board or a second helping of dinner over dessert most days.
Kelly’s work has appeared in several online and print publications like The Kitchn, Serious Eats, Huffington Post, Food and Wine.com, Cityline.ca, Aritzia, and more. She regularly collaborates with Natrel Milk, Turkey Farmers of Canada, Mushrooms Canada, Gaylea, Kitchenaid Canada and Hillshire Farm. She has also appeared on The Illegal Eater with Stephen Page.
For BAKED, Kelly plans to bring her usual zest for real, whole foods and classic recipes put together in unique ways, with unexpected ingredients as well as honing in on her penchant for anything acidic and tangy.
Sofia is the relentless experimenter, mess maker, and picture taker behind From the Land we Live on – a food blog focused on sharing recipes inspired by seasonal ingredients and a never-ending quest for something interesting and new. She can most often be found standing on her kitchen counter (with a camera in-hand), writing software, reading cookbooks, growing vegetables, or riding her bike in search of the best ice cream.
For BAKED, Sofia will aim to surprise you. Seasonal ingredients, foraged fruit, and items from her garden are the usual sources of inspiration, but she also has a soft spot for cheese and likes to play around with traditional recipes in unusual ways.
Sophie MacKenzie is a recipe developer, photography assistant, and baker from Vancouver, British Columbia. Her blog, Wholehearted Eats, is a billet-doux to natural foods, seasonal plant-based meals, and traditional west coast ‘hippie-dippy’ food.
Sophie’s work has appeared on Country Living, Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, Brit and Co., The Kitchn, Design Love Fest, and Food 52. She has also contributed recipes to the magazines Alive, Eat, and Taproot.
For BAKED, Sophie plans to share her take on modern ‘granola’ food – often utilizing whole-grain flours, always vegan, and most often than not naturally sweetened and made with nourishing ingredients. She gets most excited when she is sprinkling Maldon sea salt on chocolate cookies, adding fresh garden herbs to cakes, or blending up raw desserts with her favourite superfoods.
Alanna is a Toronto-based food stylist, recipe developer, photographer — and lover of all things sweet. She’s also the former Food Editor Canadian Living Magazine. For years, she has worked as a freelancer developing recipes and other food content for a variety of brands such as Natrel, McCormick Canada, and Dr. Oetker and she’s also contributed to a variety of publications and cookbooks. To Alanna, there is no better way to spend a weekend than crafting some elaborate, carb-centric project, whether it’s homemade pasta, a decadent layer cake, or a slow-fermented loaf of sourdough. She blogs about her culinary adventures at home and abroad at One Tough Cookie.
For BAKED, she will be bringing you mouthwatering desserts that you’ll turn to time and again down the road. She loves to pair traditional dishes with a new twist on flavour — think apple pies with a sage butter crust, or challah stuffed with fig jam and candied ginger. Her mouth is watering just thinking about it!
Sophie Bourdon is a recipe developer, photographer, writer and holistic nutritionist based in Montreal, Quebec. She is the founder of The Green Life, a bilingual blog focused on plant-based recipes and holistic living.
The Green Life is the 2016 Taste Canada Awards Winner for Best Culinary Blog in French Language. Sophie’s work has been recognized and featured in numerous publications, both in English and French, including Mind Body Green, The Kitchn, Huffington Post, Brit+Co, Radio-Canada and Chatelaine.
Although she shares everything from savoury to sweet on her blog, desserts are Sophie’s favourite thing to make. You’ll definitely see her sweeter side here on BAKED, with treats that will satisfy your cravings without making you feel guilty. She likes to give classics a healthier twist by using whole grain flours, natural sugars, nourishing ingredients, and superfoods thrown in the mix. Sophie’s recipes are always vegan, often gluten-free, but they never compromise on flavour.
Now that Elodie’s a bit older, Kelly has re-discovered the thrill she gets from hunting for props, writing recipes, cooking, baking, food styling, and, her absolute favourite, making pictures.
Based in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Kelly currently writes three food-focused columns for The Chronicle Herald, and has done food photography and styling for national brands like Dairy Farmers of Canada, Penguin Random House, Harper Collins, and Samuel Adams Beer. As well, Kelly has worked with many Nova Scotia businesses including Tourism Nova Scotia, Taste of Nova Scotia, The Restaurant Association of Nova Scotia, and many, many more.
Amy Ho is a recipe developer, food stylist and photographer, and cake enthusiast from Vancouver, British Columbia. She is the baker behind Constellation Inspiration, a DIY turned baking blog focusing on all things cake and pies. Amy’s goal is to create the perfect canelé, after she has saved up enough to buy a dozen copper canelé molds.
Amy’s work has been featured in Country Living, Elle Décor, Better Homes and Gardens, feedfeed, and food52. She was named one of the “22 drool-worthy Instagram accounts to follow” by Buzzfeed and regularly contributes to Food Network Canada.
For BAKED, Amy will be using any possible opportunity to make a layered cake or the most intricate pie lattices. She has a soft spot for flowers and that will be evident on all treats she makes. Even though she bakes almost exclusively sweet treats, 99% of the time she will choose the savoury option when given a choice between a sweet or savoury croissant.
Laura Wright is a recipe developer, food photographer, and hospitality professional from the Niagara region of Ontario. Her blog, The First Mess, is a recipe journal celebrating natural foods in season and the moments of life that surround.
Laura’s work has appeared on SAVEUR, the Martha Stewart Living Blog, Food & Wine, The Huffington Post, Epicurious, SHAPE Magazine, The Kitchn, and the Food Network Blog among other places. She has also contributed recipes and photos to Clean Eating Magazine, BuzzFeed, Pure Green Magazine, Wilder Quarterly, and The Guardian. In 2014, her site was selected by editors of SAVEUR Magazine as the best special diets blog.
With BAKED, Laura’s work will veer towards the hippie-dip/crunchy granola spectrum of treats: always vegan + sometimes naturally gluten free, utilizing a variety of whole grain flours, plenty of seasonal produce, and other wholesome bits. Vegetables in cake, seedy breakfast cookies and superfood-studded chocolate treats make her heart pitter-patter.
Gabriel Cabrera is a culinary-trained rebel turned food stylist. He also happens to be the one-man-show behind Artful Desperado, a site where he shares his favourite digs in food, art, design and his personal work.
Gabriel’s work has been featured on several online and print publications including The Huffington Post, Residence Magazine, Women’s Health, the Bon Appétit blog, Frankie Magazine blog, Food52, and many more. He has also been able to collaborate with some cool cats such as Tourism Australia, Air New Zealand, and West Elm.
For BAKED, Gabriel will share what can be considered the elixir of life – a.k.a. super decadent baked goods that are easily made by all. His recipes will lean towards the classics with hints of world flavours – after all, his latin soul can’t stop adding spice to stuff! Basically, a male Julia Child with a penchant for chocolate.
Adrian and Jeremy are the two smiling men behind The Food Gays, a blog that focuses on bright and colorful recipes you’ll want to eat with your eyes first. What began as a hobby in 2012 has transformed into a way of life for both – with Jeremy successfully completing his training from the Baking and Pastry Arts program at VCC in 2014, and now working as a full-time baker. For Adrian, it’s the styling and photography that he loves the most. Together, the duo now run their own Social Media company, and also offer recipe development, food photography and styling under their brand.
Adrian and Jeremy’s work has been featured on The Huffington Post, food52, The Kitchn, and Vitamin Daily. They are also contributing editors for The Feed Feed.
For BAKED, The Food Gays plan to bring their love of color (and butter) to the mix, with a variety of both savory and sweet creations.