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About Emily Richards:

Highly experienced and well-regarded professional home economist Emily Richards has an extensive know-how in the food industry which is strengthened by her Bachelor of Science, Home Economics specializing in Food and Nutrition from the University of Western Ontario, and over 15 years experience in the food world.

Emily has authored and co-authored many cookbooks and continues to create recipes for notable magazines, newspapers and companies. Emily also appears across the web presenting recipes that are easy to prepare for busy families to enjoy together.

Emily’s newest cookbook Get in the Kitchen and COOK! will get you in the kitchen preparing recipes quickly so you can enjoy time with your family and friends. The book will help families enjoy weeknight meals and also bring the casual kitchen entertaining experience with friends to homes across the country. Emily continues to appear across the country presenting recipes, easy cooking and entertaining ideas, always promoting her passion for food and inspiring people to get in their kitchens and cook!

About Jesse Lauzon:

Jesse is the food director at the popular and award-winning Springridge Farm in Milton, Ont. After graduating from Queen’s University and George Brown’s Chef Training program, Jesse came home to Milton to oversee the development and production of Springridge Farm’s innovative farm fresh preserves, fine foods, and scratch baking. Jesse believes that great food starts with outstanding local products picked and prepared in season. He is also the president of the Ontario Farm Fresh Marketing Association.

Hot & Spicy: Past/Present/Future featuring Emily Richards with Jesse Lauzon of Springridge Farm


In this series, participants from the past 15 years of Hot & Spicy select and pair up with an up-and-coming chef to watch in the local food scene!

Emily Richards, who competed in our very first Iron Chef event in 2004, will collaborate with Jesse Lauzon from Springridge Farm to offer a sweet and savoury demo featuring Ontario berries and spicy peppers!

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