Jennifer Drew-Banister, Founder
For me, food has always been about connection. A coming together to celebrate each other, the seasons, and special occasions. Over the years, this has also become to mean connection to self and how we FEEL.
I believe in the power of this connection, and that any journey is better traveled with someone to support you along the way, which is why I created The Bountiful Chef.
I am inspired by the seasons, local produce, the personalities of my clients, and COLOR(!).
In my own health journey food continues to play a huge role - we are what we eat! I have experimented over the years with more restrictive diets, and continue to evaluate how I feel best while working with trusted practitioners in functional and conventional medicine.
I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis last year while my husband and I were going through IVF and understand the overwhelm that comes with a new diagnosis and also the importance of a strong foundation of food and lifestyle to balance that. We are still navigating IVF and are hopeful to be cleared for another embryo transfer later this year. In the name of transparency and authenticity, I have been sharing more of my experience with Infertility and IVF, and our journey navigating our way to expanding our family. Follow me on Instagram @bountifulchef for updates, and a look into what is on our table and happening in our client's kitchens.
I am currently based in Calgary, AB, and received my culinary training from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. Originally from the United States, in my "previous life" I was an actor and musician living in New York City. That is where I met my husband, John, and when I'm not cooking, you probably can find me in a hot yoga class or laughing, singing, and playing music with John.
Food is so beautifully personal. I look forward to hearing your story, knowing more about your relationship with food and finding bountiful ways to work together.