Joshna Maharaj is a busy chef with big ideas about good food! Joshna's strong social justice and sustainability ethics flourished during her time as the chef at The Stop Community Food Centre, where she created and facilitated innovative and delicious community food programming, putting a grassroots kitchen on par with the rest of the kitchens in the city.
In addition to teaching, writing, recipe development and television appearances, Joshna also speaks with groups of students about food and sustainability, consults with community organizations about grassroots-level food programming, and even led a troop of chefs to city hall for a deputation in support of a city-wide food strategy.
Joshna completed a project at The Scarborough Hospital to reboot the inpatient menu, focusing on serving patients locally sourced, wholesome, homemade food and has just recently started a similar project at Sick Kids Hospital. Joshna is the Chef in Residence for the Jackman Humanities Institute at the University of Toronto. Last September Joshna was a speaker at the TEDxToronto conference, and this year the Toronto Star named her as one of the 12 people to watch in the city for 2012.