2017 Logo Gallery and Presenter Information


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Chef Dez


Chef Dez is a Culinary Travel Host, the Western Canada Rep for Big Green Egg, and recently appeared on Chopped Canada on Food Network Canada. He has been a Culinary Instructor in BC for over 12 years and his teachings are regarded as Innovative and Inspirational. He also has a following of thousands of regular readers of his national newspaper food column “Chef Dez on Cooking”. He is the author of 4 print cookbooks and the hottest new book called ‘The Best In Your Kitchen’.  He has a bigger than life passion, for both food and people, and his column, cookbooks, and travel tours are the ultimate guides to bringing the culinary world alive in your home.   www.chefdez.com


This is a collection of the best recipes spanning the career of Chef Dez so far. There are also many new, never before published, recipes included as well. With over 150 recipes inside that have been tried, tested, and true by countless numbers of his readers, students, followers, and fans, this book will help you be “The Best In Your Kitchen”. There will be copies for sale at the show for $20 each (tax included).


Brian Misko,

House of Q along with Bonnie Windsor, Johnston’s Brian Misko photo 2

Brian Presents: I BBQ’d the crockpot! (Using Johnston’s Quality Pork)

With his naturally inquisitive mind, Brian Misko has taken his passion about grilling from his backyard playground in Surrey, British Columbia to competing and winning awards around North America.

Starting with bbq competitions in 2006 in Vancouver and Whistler, Brian has lead his team to the Jack Daniels World BBQ Championships in 2009 and again this past October. House of Q completed this 2014 bbq season as the #1 Team in Canada. Brian was a guest chef at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics with Vikram Vij, Pino Postero, John Bishop and Tojo at his side. His collection of trophies, plaques, ribbons and awards shows his determination to be the best.

Brian shares his know-how through regular interviews and cooking demonstrations on TV, newspapers and magazine articles. Thousands have seen his BBQ Tips on the Global TV BC Morning News, at a trade show cooking demonstration or at cooking classes across Western Canada.

Most exciting is his new title as cookbook author. Having just completed the editing Brian is looking forward to sharing his book, Grilling with House of Q, being released in spring of 2015.

 A-Rosemary (ALI)


Dr. Theresa Nicassio

Dr. Theresa Nicassio is a kindness advocate who offers her multi-faceted expertise as a wellness specialist to the community in her capacities as a registered psychologist, speaker, raw food chef and nutrition educator, magazine columnist, radio and TV guest as well as the host of the Dr. Theresa Nicassio Show on Healthy Life Radio.

Passionate about public awareness and empowerment, Theresa contributes to social, emotional and environmental transformation through social media and her blog YumFoodForLiving.com. She is also the multi award-winning author of  YUM: Plant-Based Recipes for a Gluten-Free Diet(a 2016 Gourmand “Best in the World” winner) where she promotes “inclusive cooking”, offering delicious heart-healthy, anti-cancer and diabetic recipes that are all free of gluten, sugar, dairy, eggs, potatoes, and all animal products.

Dr. Nicassio will present various fudge and truffle demos that will knock your socks off. These are not only delicious holiday treats, but are ones that most people can freely enjoy. All of Theresa’s recipes are easy enough for a 12-year-old to make and have been especially created using allergy-friendly ingredients.


Chef Thompson Tran – 2010 Emmy Award Nominee

  Executive Chef/Owner “The Wooden Boat” (Catering & Product Line) 

Thompson Tran began his cooking career age14 at his family’s Vietnamese restaurant in Langley, BC by washing dishes and helping out with routine kitchen tasks. Although he spent the majority of his time as a youth studying the musical arts he consistently found himself in kitchen jobs.

In 2002 Thompson went on to obtain a Bachelor of Music degree in classical guitar performance and spent several years performing around Western Canada. Four years later, he received a Bachelor of Education and began teaching and eventually would take a two-year hiatus from both cooking and teaching to pursue a musical dream that culminated in a Grammy Award nomination in 2010. After an 8-month food exploration trip, Thompson decided to pursue cooking seriously and enrolled at Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts (PICA), and received a diploma in culinary arts and his level 2 Wine and Spirit Education Trust designation.

From 2007 to present, Chef Thompson has worked at several prestigious restaurants in Vancouver namely Bishop’s, Il Giardino, Nu, Westwood Plateau Golf and Country Club and is a former teaching chef instructor. Thompson has been a guest judge at numerous cooking competitions, featured in EAT Fraser Valley CTV Master Chefs Competition, the online spokesperson for Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts (PICA), and was a featured chef at the BCSPCA Unleashed Gala 2014. Thompson has also showcased cooking demo’s at Dairy Farmers of Canada’s “Canadian Cheese Counter” at EAT Vancouver, West Coast Women’s Show, BC Spot Prawn Festival and represented British Columbia in the “Grate Canadian Cheese Cook-off 2016” in Toronto at the Food & Drink Market. Chef Thompson is often on CTV News, Global News, or the radio providing lively and engaging information packed cooking demonstrations.

Most recently, Chef Thompson launched his retail sauce The Wooden Boat’s NUOC CHAM SAUCE and can be found in over 70 retailers in British Columbia, Montreal, & Maritimes. He continues to run his own boutique catering service specializing in Vietnamese and French fare. For further inquiries or general information, please email info@thewoodenboat.ca, call 604-764-6861, or check out the website at www.thewoodenboat.ca/recipes


Kathleen Rake – Sommelier


Artisan Wine Paring for Your Holiday Meals

Kathleen Rake is a perpetual student of wine, who carries the internationally recognized WSET Advanced certification. She considers herself to be extremely lucky because she’s managed to marry her decades-long love affair with wine to her craft—writing. You can read Kathleen’s wine-soaked musings at her blog, BetweenTheVines.ca, or in her monthly column in the Abbotsford News. Kathleen lives by the mantra: “I seek the perfect glass of wine, but hope I never find it.

2014 Sounds of the Holiday Stage

The Sounds of the Holidays Stage

List of performing bands, choirs & musicians

Abbotsford Traditional Secondary School

Bakerview Music Academy

Cascadia Wind Ensemble

Central Fraser Valley Fiddlers

Chicks With Sticks

Chilliwack Community Band

Chilliwack Harmony Chorus

Collage Singers

Dynamic Music Instruction

Inspire Arts Academy

Joy Vox Community Choir

Langley A & B ukulele Ensembles

Les Echos Du Pacifique

MEI Bel Canto Singers & Junior Chorale

MEI Chamber Singers

Opus One Women’s Choir

Sm:)E band

Soundscape Chorus

Trinity Western University Concert Choir

Click here for more information on the Sounds of the Holidays Stage presenters



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