A chef’s training never ends, so while Chef Anna Olson is a master of the pastry world and a distinguished chef, she’s constantly exploring the world for new culinary knowledge. Anna travels throughout Southeast Asia on an unforgettable culinary journey that will take her from street food stalls to high-end restaurants. As she tastes local signature dishes, and understands the techniques, ingredients and flavors that each dish has to offer, Anna returns home and recreates the dishes with her own signature twist. Whether it’s salty, sweet, bitter or sour, Anna’s emphasis is always on respecting the techniques, the ingredients and the people she’s learnt from while finding new ways to use them. Be Inspired with Anna Olson.
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Anna Olson is a professionally trained pastry chef with over fifteen years of experience in the culinary field. She shares her talents with the world through award winning cookbooks, television shows and other culinary businesses.
Before realizing cooking and baking was her true calling, Anna earned a degree in political studies and sociology from Queen’s University of Kingston, Ontario. She spent a few years in banking before deciding it was not her life long dream. Anna promptly enrolled herself into the culinary program at Johnson & Wales University in Denver. After graduating, Anna traveled across the United States and finally settled herself in Canada’s Niagara region.
She began her career as a pastry chef at a premier winery restaurant located in the midst of prime Niagara farm and wine country named, Inn on the Twenty. It was here where she met her husband, Michael Olson.
Anna became a notable celebrity chef after starring in her own successful cooking shows, Sugar, Kitchen Equipped and Fresh with Anna Olson. Sugar, a series about desserts, allowed Anna to show off her baking expertise, creating deliciously sinful goodies. Fresh with Anna Olson was filmed in her beautiful home in the Niagara region. Proximity to some of the most fertile and productive farming in Canada allowed her to showcase incredibly fresh, seasonal ingredients in her tasty and approachable recipes.
Other than starring in her own cooking shows, Anna has also published several successful cookbooks. She has seven cookbook publications under her belt. Using food as her creative medium, Anna likes to work backwards, starting with ingredients that sound delicious to create components within the recipe body to get a delicious end result.
Anna also opened Olson Food & Bakery in Port Dalhousie, a historic lakeside community in St Catharines, Ontario in 2008. The bakery sells freshly made pastries, breads, deli meats, cheese, homemade soups, salads and sandwiches. In 2009, she sold the bakery to her long-time friend and pastry chef Andrea Poirier and her sister Leesa Leshkewich.
Anna currently resides in the city of Welland, Ontario. She spends any spare time she has with family and friends; she loves to shop with her mother Donna, and her step-daughter Mika keeps her young at heart.