MEET THE TEAM
Dan Cheung - owner and instructor
Dan LOVES cooking and mostly eating delicious food. Experiences include: growing up in a family that owned a Chinese restaurant, living and working (mostly eating) in Japan, cooking stints in Pan-Asian kitchens in Melbourne and Vancouver, and backpacking his way through the street food vendors of South-East Asia for 9 months. Though Dan has honed a palate for the art of Asian cooking, more recently, is influenced by globally-inspired chefs like Yotam Ottenlenghi, Jamie Oliver and Dan Barber along with plant-based home bloggers like Angela Liddon and Dana Schultz. They have opened up Dan’s cooking repertoire to include a fusion of his beloved Asian flavours with middle-eastern, Italian, vegan and vegetarian-focused cuisine. His Nourish Cafe menu is representative of the food he loves to cook and his passion for seasonal, local, organic ingredients is infectious. Dan is the founder of Nourish and runs and owns it with his wife Abbey with the help of a superstar staff.
Alicia Yip - program coordinator
Alicia's passion for cooking and food began at a young age - her mother would even turn on the cooking channel when she was a toddler to calm her down! Throughout her education, Alicia has constantly stayed in touch with food, receiving a degree in Nutritional Sciences and now going to the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition to become a Holistic Nutritionist. It only made sense to share her enthusiasm for cooking by joining the Nourish team. She loves that food brings people together, of all ages and cultures.
Claire Livia Lassam
A baker, blogger and food writer. She got her first job as a prep cook at the age of 17 and has completely immersed herself in food ever since. She has since done just about any job possible in a restaurant, from chef to bartender, pastry chef to oyster shucker. Five years ago, after being laid off, she started a baking blog, and fell helplessly in love with food writing.She has written for various local and national publications and has had her work featured in Apartment Therapy and TheKitchn. She currently is an associate editor at Edible Vancouver, and owns a small pastry production company, Livia Sweets, which is her favourite thing in the entire world. You can learn more at LiviaSweets.com.
Lisa Nakamura Nguyen - program manager
Running a cooking school was a dream for Lisa…but when the opportunity was presented, she didn’t hesitate leaving her decade-long career in corporate communications. Growing up in a Japanese-Vietnamese household, food was always what connected Lisa to her cultural roots. She’s the happiest when she’s talking about, eating, and learning about food - so the cooking school is the perfect stage for this kind of storytelling. Her culinary training was taught by mom and dad, and by exploring kitchens around the world - including India, Vietnam, Japan, China and Italy. She religiously reads Lucky Peach and Food52.
With a passion for life, adventure and good food; Christine has traveled the world in search of the “perfect dish” in its many forms. Ever since she was a little girl Christine has been hanging with her Nagymama (grandma) and cooking delicious Hungarian and Eastern European eats. Bundled with paprika and the knowledge of making sauerkraut, goulash, lecsó, (etc.), she knew food and all associated with it was going to be her life obsession.
Christine’s culinary adventures have taken her across the world, working in restaurants, resorts and catering, gaining valuable experience. She shifted her focus to food research and development in the manufacturing realm becoming the “go-to” chef in Canada for pulses (peas, beans, lentils & chickpeas). Christine’s new adventure has brought her to Vancouver to experience the west coast culture and to share her knowledge and passion with foodies alike.
Christine is the chef/owner of IHeartFood Canada, a company focused on product/recipe development, holistic nutrition, teaching culinary workshops and media outreach. - Life is a total food adventure and I thrive on constantly learning while helping others create that “perfect dish”.
You can learn more at IHeartFoodCanada.com