Published on September 15th, 2014 | by Susanne Mikler


ABC’s Of Cooking

Sandra Bruton has a passion! Actually, she has several passions and they all intertwine beautifully and deliciously in her healthy food venture: Sure Chefs.

Sandra’s ABC’s of culinary passion started in high school where she wanted to enhance her enthusiasm for cookery – an obsession by the way, that she developed from her mother, a Chef (and founder of Sure Chefs). Enrolled for the culinary program at Liaison College for half day morning classes, Sandra was able to complete her high school diploma in the afternoons. Then, after school, she would dash to her co-op job as a dishwasher. A busy life that was leading her on a lifelong journey…

Sandra’s culinary career goal was to bake and specialize in the pastry arts. With school, classes and a part time job her body started to agree with that at all; she was over-sugared and under-weight and generally unhealthy (which caused her to also be unhappy). It wasn’t long before Sandra took another turn in the culinary road. The solution to her career and health issues was clear: study nutrition. The Canadian School of Nutrition was the answer leading her to a new appreciation of food and chemicals; how the body processes what we feed it.

High school completed, Sandra moved to Egypt where her mom, brother and step father had moved for work reasons. Sandra worked in her mom’s catering business while her brother attended an elite private school. The new outlook for nutrition opened her eyes in many ways. Overwhelmed by the obesity and health issues around the kids at her brother’s school; a world class facilities yet the kids were lethargic and over-weight. Her newfound culinary skills for nutrition combined with her existing zeal for cooking started another interest: helping people learn about what they eat and how to prepare it.

The first class of Sure Chefs was established as a summer camp where kids learned about healthy choices and how to prepare the foods to their liking to stimulate the craving for healthy options that provided energy and nutrients for growing bodies. The feedback was outstanding. Sandra had found her ultimate passion!

Unfortunately the revolution in Egypt ended the journey and Sandra ultimately moved again to join her family in Argentina. It was here she started the “Mom and Kids Picky Eater” program. Kids were taught to take healthy food and make it three ways – writing down every recipe and noting which method they liked best. By the end of the classes, each student completed the program with a journal/cookbook of recipes that they had written. This outcome reinforced Sandra’s belief that kids will eat food that they have prepared and if it is food they like it’s even better.

Now back in Canada Sandra has continued her journey and is presently hosting Junior Sure Chef classes at Liaison College in Etobicoke with great success. Sandra is host of a community TV show featuring her ideas on super foods, kids, cooking and healthy eating/living. Her passion spurred her on to really make a difference and has now written a grant proposal for a Sure Chef food truck. The food truck will allow her to go to all schools in Ontario and teach kids how to make good food taste great and choose a healthy menu. With her food truck she could train 120 kids per day and do an entire school in a week. A focus on allergies and other dietary concerns while showing kids how easy it is to make healthy food choices and prepare for themselves – how cool is that? Sandra would like to start a series of classes for Mom’s who are plagued with the lunch making phobia. We all know someone who dreads the school year; making lunches, especially when they are not eaten because they are not palatable. There’s also the Teen Series where teens focus on body issues – skin conditions due to incorrect diet intake. This lovely, bright-eyed young lady is truly following the ABC’s of life with her craft and wants to share it. Her energy and enthusiasm is contagious; that’s for Sure.

Susanne Mikler

About the Author

Susanne Mikler

a cook with a passion for food, was nominated for 2006 Woman Entrepreneur of the Year.Her special interests include Cuisine Canada Culinary, Canadian Chef Educators Association, and Women in Food Industry Management. Susanne is the current president of WFIM: Women in Food Management.She is committed to improving the culinary arts in Canada and passionate about her role mentoring chefs and chefs-in-training.

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