Bonnie Stern

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Bonnie Stern founded The Bonnie Stern School of Cooking and Cookware Shop in Toronto in 1973. She teaches special event classes and privately organized group classes as well as classes open to the public. She also hosts an informative website featuring recipes, food news, a web store and sends out a monthly e-newsletter. The Bonnie Stern School of Cooking has earned its owner an international reputation that reflects both Bonnie Stern's culinary excellence and her widespread experience studying with food specialists from around the world. The school has hosted such world-class chefs as John Ash, Rick Bayless, Michael Bonacini, Giuliano Bugialli, Biba Caggiano, Jim Dodge, Marcella Hazan, Madhur Jaffrey, Madeleine Kamman, Diana Kennedy, Susur Lee, Nick Maglieri, Mark McEwan, Alice Medrich, Jacques Pepin and Nina Simonds. One of her latest projects is hosting a book club where novelists are invited to speak about their books and guests are served dinner roughly based on the novel. Stern has a degree in English and the book clubs bring together her two passions food and literature.

Stern develops recipes for major food companies and she conducts product knowledge sessions for cookware manufacturers. At her school she leads team-building classes for major corporations and conducts HeartSmart cooking classes for health professionals. Her client list includes Alcon Canada Pharmaceuticals, Bank of Montreal, Campbell's, Deloitte, Eli Lilly, Financial Planning Standards Council, Ikea, Microsoft, MintoUrban Communities, Nabisco and Shaw Industries.

Stern is the author of twelve cookbooks, all of which have been national bestsellers. A recent book is "Bonnie Stern's Essentials of Home Cooking" published by Random House which won the coveted International Association of Culinary Professional’s award for the Best General Cookbook of 2004. She writes a weekly column for the Saturday National Post and contributes to Outlook magazine. In addition, her articles have appeared in Canadian Living, Eating Well, Elm Street, Homemaker's and The Chicago Sun Times.

Stern has hosted two national television shows on WTN (The Women's Television Network): "Bonnie Stern Cooks" and "Bonnie Stern Entertains". She has appeared regularly on many television and radio shows including CTV's "Canada AM", HGTV's Canadian House and Home and CBC radio's "Morningside". Stern has taught classes at the International Wine and Food Expo in Stowe, Vermont, at the Canadian Mountain Holidays' exclusive Valmount Lodge, British Columbia and at the James Beard House in New York City. She has led culinary adventure tours to New York, California, Italy and Israel.

Stern is a graduate of University of Toronto and George Brown College. She has studied cooking in France, Italy, Taiwan, Thailand, Japan, India and the United States. Through her work for various charitable organizations Stern has been able to channel her professional interest in food into activities that benefit the community. Her CKFM Cookbook (Cooking with Bonnie Stern) raised money for the Hospital for Sick Children and her three HeartSmart cookbooks raised money for The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. She helped bring Share Our Strength's "Taste of the Nation" hunger relief fundraising event to Toronto and has supported the work of Second Harvest, Toronto's food recovery program, for fifteen years.

Stern is a member of several culinary organizations including the International Association of Cooking Professionals, the James Beard Foundation and Cuisine Canada. She has received awards from the Toronto Culinary Guild, the Ontario Hostelry Institute, The International Association of Culinary Professionals, The Cambridge Food and Wine Society and Cuisine Canada.

Stern is married to Dr. Raymond H. Rupert, founder of Rupert Case Management (, and they have three children.

Selected Cookbooks[edit]

  • The Best of Heartsmart Cooking
  • Desserts
  • Heartsmart Cooking for Family and Friends
  • Appetizers
  • Cooking with Bonnie Stern
  • More Heartsmart Cooking
  • Essentials

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