Ambassador of the Month: Tal Brodsky – Thornhill, Canada

Ambassador Of The Month: Tal Brodsky – Thornhill, Canada

Fri 27 Sep 2013

Story by Sarah Curl

Ambassador of the Month is a feature that we’ve launched in order to highlight the amazing volunteers we have around the world. Ambassadors who have been chosen show an unwavering desire for change in their communities. They are fighting for real food and food education skills and donate their time every month to make this happen.

This month’s Ambassador of the Month is Tal Brodsky. Tal was one of our first Food Revolution Ambassadors to join the program in March 2012. Born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Tal has had a passion for food from a young age. After cooking his first full meal when he was eight, he eventually moved on to cook everywhere from restaurants to the wilderness, finally settling on picky little eaters. Recently, Tal has been working to spread his love for real, local food throughout his community. When not volunteering with the Food Revolution, he manages the website Lean On Life, which educates readers about living a healthy lifestyle with the ultimate goal of ending the obesity epidemic.

Tell us a little about why you wanted to get involved in the Food Revolution?
I actually grew up watching Jamie cook on TV, so I’ve been hooked from a young age. When the Food Revolution was starting in 2012 I had just come back from a culinary trip abroad. I was inspired by cultures that embraced real, local food and passed on humble cooking techniques. The Food Revolution was an ideal way to educate and inspire our community to learn about food, where it comes from, and why it’s so important to cook real food.

How has the Ambassador Program helped you accomplish your goals?
I live in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), and over the past few years we’ve seen an incredible shift of people looking to get more involved in what they put into their mouths. The Food Revolution provided me with a cause and an outlet to share my passion for healthy cooking, and with the tools I needed to accomplish those goals. By uniting around common goal, a network of local ambassadors, and providing the necessary materials, the Food Revolution has allowed us to be a lot more successful.

What have you been able to achieve since being an Ambassador?
The Ambassadors in the GTA have been able to inspire our community in schools, farmer’s markets, and at a local level to shift towards better food values. Through various events in the community all year long, we’ve educated parents and children about the importance of real food, shared many healthy recipes and cooking techniques, and (I hope) sparked a passion in community members maintain healthier eating habits!

What real food initiative are you currently working on in your community? How's it going?
After this year’s Food Revolution, I’ve been looking to re-shift my focus to an initiative that helps families who have a hard time getting their hands on basic, essential foods like fresh produce. I’d like to help those families receive better education and access to real food. I’m in the early stages of communicating with some organizations who are already doing incredible work in this initiative, and I’m hoping to see more movement soon! I’m also currently working on the website Lean On Life, which provides useful information for people who are looking to eat healthier, lose weight, and achieve a healthy lifestyle.

Over the past few years, the food culture in Canada has blossomed to one that focuses on real food, and that demands better quality food in communities and at home. I’ve been so lucky to witness the explosion of restaurants that focus on fresh, local, healthy ingredients in Toronto. Now, I really hope to see us take a more hands-on approach in the kitchen and treat cooking less like a “spectator sport.” I’d love to see the younger generation get inspired by beautiful ingredients, and share their love for cooking real food with their friends and families.

Find out more about our Food Revolution Ambassador program and apply to become one here!

Find out more about Tal and his Food Revolution in Thornhill here: @FoodRevYorkRegion

About the author: Sarah Curl is the Food Revolution Community Manager for the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation.

Twitter: @sarahanncurl


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