Joshna Maharaj

Joshna Maharaj is a busy chef with big ideas about good food! Joshna’s strong social justice and sustainability ethics are rooted in her time at The Stop, a community food centre where she built innovative and delicious community food programs. Recently, Joshna has been working with institutions in Toronto building new models for institutional food procurement, production and service, proving that the institution is a viable tool for social change. Joshna is currently an expert panelist on TVO’s The Agenda with Steve Paikin and makes regular appearances on CBC radio. She is also a two-time TEDx speaker and recently made the shortlist of nominees for the inaugural Basque Culinary World Prize recognizing chefs who use gastronomy to make social change. Joshna has just joined the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto as their new Executive Chef.

Twitter & Instagram: @joshnamaharaj

AUTHOR PROFILE 

Chatelaine.com/food/activist-chef-joshna-maharaj/

TOPICS

Rebuilding Institutional Food Systems (Hospitals & Universities)

Building a Values-Based Food Service

Investing in a Good Relationship with Food

Building Communities with Good Food

Social Gastronomy: The role of chefs in making social change

SELECTED TALKS

A NEW WAY TO THINK ABOUT FOOD
TEDxRyersonU, November 2015

REDEFINING HOSPITAL FOOD
TEDxToronto, September 2011