Great Tastes of Manitoba Cast – Season 27
Dez has been a fixture in Winnipeg media for the past 20 years, including seven spent on Q-94 FM’s morning show “Beau, Tom and Dez.” In addition to her decades “on the dial”, Dez is a published writer and blogger, and has penned op-ed pieces for the Winnipeg Free Press. Dez has enjoyed stints performing at the Winnipeg Fringe Festival, and has lent her voice talents to numerous advertising campaigns, documentaries and television imaging projects. When Dez is not on the air, she is probably helping her kids with their homework. Dez is delighted to share her love of preparing and enjoying fabulous food on this season of Great Tastes of Manitoba!
Manitoba Beef Producers
Adriana started getting busy in the kitchen at a young age with both of her grandmothers. She grew up eating freshly prepared foods and has always been passionate about creating great meals with family. As a Professional Home Economist she is living her childhood ambition of being on a cooking show. She believes, supporting locally produced ingredients is very important and cooking at home can be enjoyed each night of the week. She enjoys encouraging everyone to get cooking at home and to share delicious moments with family and friends. Adriana enjoys cooking with her husband and together hosting backyard barbecues and smoked meat dinners with friends and family.
Manitoba Turkey Producers
Wendy has been involved with Great Tastes of Manitoba since the 2014/2015 season. She is the Marketing & Communications Coordinator for Manitoba Turkey Producers. Wendy enjoys cooking and dedicates her knowledge to her mother and grandmother, who are both great cooks. She’s spent many hours in the kitchen with them. When Wendy is not cooking or testing new recipes, Wendy enjoys being outdoors and spending time with her family. Wendy is currently on maternity leave and for Season 27 is replaced by Chef Jason Wortzman.
Manitoba Canola Growers
Ellen Pruden is two things: bossy and a foodie. She loves to tell everyone why they should cook with canola oil. The canola industry has been a great place for her to indulge in her love of cooking and love for teaching. She is a person to watch out for as she was placed #51 on the Top 100 Most Fascinating Manitoban’s List for being the voice of canola, a great cook, loves to fish and all around great women.
Ellen enthusiastically promotes Manitoban and Canadian cuisine through a local television show “Great Tastes of Manitoba.” She believes it is important to link where your food is produced. She is a foodie at heart, loves to cook and create as many different dishes as possible, using her husband and family as taste testers.
Susan Riese is Manitoba Pork’s in-house food expert and Manager of Public Relations and Consumer Marketing Programs. Working with Manitoba’s largest livestock sector, Susan is passionate about the high quality pork our farmers raise. Knowing the care and effort required to get food from the farm gate to the plate has made Susan a strong advocate for “buying local.” She enjoys developing and testing new recipes in the comfort of her home, often with a glass of wine in hand. Generally easy going, Susan has been known to get anxious when her pantry gets messy or kitchen gadgets aren’t returned to their rightful place. Susan first appeared on GTOM in 2006, with an episode called Chops 101.
Manitoba Pulse & Soybean Growers
Roxanne Lewko is the Director of Communications with the Manitoba Pulse &
Soybean Growers, and she joined Great Tastes of Manitoba in 2010. She likes
promoting the health and nutritional benefits of pulses, and encourages
people to cook with and eat more pulses by demonstrating delicious and easy
to prepare recipes. Roxanne enjoys spending time with her husband and three
young children, gardening, yard work and helping on the farm. She’s happy to
see her kids taking an interest in the farm too.
Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries
Aaron Alblas is a Product Ambassador for Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries with over 10 years of experience. Aaron is passionate about local food and loves the challenge of pairing unique flavours with beer, wine & spirits. Being a part of the ‘Great Tastes of Manitoba’ cast is a dream come true for Aaron and he’s excited about Season 27 and can’t wait to watch the episodes and share the recipes with family and friends at home.
Manitoba Chicken Producers
Known to Great Tastes viewers as the “chicken lady”, Karen’s been part of the show for all but 2 seasons. Her Mom taught her to be confident in the kitchen and Karen encourages this in others, including her son who appeared on Great Tastes when he was six. When she’s not recipe testing or appearing on Great Tastes, Karen travels for new food experiences and race walks so she can keep on travelling.
Heather Deibert, PHEcManitoba Mushroom Growers Association
Locally produced food is a passion of mine. As the Promotion and Marketing rep for Manitoba Mushroom Growers Assoc. I enjoy communicating this message to the public in many ways. Great Tastes of Manitoba (GTOM) is one of the most exciting ways to promote this message. I have loved being a part of the GTOM family for 6 years. As a Professional Home Economist I get to create and inspire others about food. Cooking and experimenting with new recipes on my family is one of my other joys.
Dairy Farmers of Manitoba (DFM)
As a Registered Dietitian and nutrition educator Sarah delivers workshops and presentations to teachers and health professionals. Her other roles within the organization include coordinating the School Milk Program and managing Manitoba’s Dairy Best recipe webpage and social media.
People may be surprised to know Sarah has a background in theatre. This training has helped her prepare for her time in front of the camera on Great Tastes of Manitoba, since 2008.
Her first visit to a dairy farm was shortly after starting with DFM. Since this experience, her passion for dairy products and respect for Manitoba dairy farmers has continued to grow.
Sarah believes in a balanced approach to eating where choosing a variety of nutritious foods is key and allowing the occasional indulgence is encouraged. Sarah enjoys eating dessert regularly!