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Anna Olson  

Culinary Master and Host of the Food Network's Fresh with Anna Olson

Celebrated for her practical and inviting approach to the kitchen, Chef Anna Olson is a global baking mentor, trusted media personality, and in-demand celebrity chef. A former executive pastry chef and bakery owner, Olson earned her media acclaim through hosting television series to over 190 countries and now through digital series on her YouTube channel. Such series include:

Hosting/judge on Great Chocolate Showdown, The Big Bake and Junior Chef Showdown - New seasons airing in Canada 2021/2022 - Great Chocolate Showdown to air on the US CW Network in 2021

Bake with Anna Olson, Fresh with Anna Olson, Inspired with Anna Olson, Sugar - Consistently on air in Canada & globally since 2002 - Episodes still actively airing globally, including on Asian Food Network, El Gourmet & Canal Cocina

Oh Yum YouTube channel - Over 1.24 million subscribers - New content and livestreams launch weekly - Olson uses her Anna Olson Kitchen collection on any new content - Anna Olson Kitchen has sponsored her “Baking Day” video podcast series

While Olson’s culinary reputation was initially recognized in relation to the world of pastry, she was initially trained as a savoury chef, and is able to showcase the broad realms of savoury cooking and pastry arts. An expert in developing and writing delicious, inspiring and approachable recipes, Olson’s work routinely appears in top digital and print media outlets. Olson has penned 11 bestselling cookbooks including her most recent, “Baking Day with Anna Olson”, with three of these titles translated into Spanish.

Born in Atlanta, Georgia and raised in Toronto, Olson cites her Eastern European grandmother as an early influencer of her love of the kitchen. With degrees from Queen’s University in Kingston, ON, and Johnson & Wales University in Vail, Colorado, Olson returned to Canada to settle in Niagara’s internationally recognized wine country with her husband Chef Michael Olson after working in the United States. Olson embraces travel for work and pleasure, and has tasted her way across Southeast Asia, Europe, the Middle East and South America, in addition to appreciating the diverse flavours across North America, ever curious and always learning.

Olson launched her “Anna Olson Kitchen” collection of quality kitchen essentials in 2019, with the intention of effectively equipping conscientious home cooks and baking enthusiasts with reliable kitchen tools inspired by Olson, with professional insight and long-lasting performance at its heart.

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