Paula Bashford

     Paula Bashford

Nothing brings people together like good food. My fondest memories growing up are those from my mother’s kitchen. Since childhood I’ve been obsessed with food, so naturally I studied Culinary Management in Toronto.

In consultation with a naturopathic doctor I provided meals designed to improve health and performance for members of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Toronto Marlies. Soon I my clients included other elite athletes including Simon Whitfield, Steven Stamkos and Gary Roberts.

As I continued to work directly with more and more athletes, I could see that food had a much greater role to play than to simply taste delicious — although that doesn’t hurt!

Food literally supplies us with life, and depending on what we eat, we choose to either survive or thrive.

My passion lies within the local and organic food systems. I believe we each have a responsibility to develop a healthy and ever-evolving relationship with food that includes understanding where it comes from and how nutrition impacts our well-being.

My personal health journey began when I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes as a child, kick-starting my interest in nutrition at a very young age. Over the years I've come to understand that sustained health is built on a foundation of a strong body, mind and spirit.

This led me to the study of Holistic Nutrition in Ottawa, where I was introduced to the concept of bio-chemical individuality. This means that the nutritional and chemical makeup of each person is unique, and that dietary and other needs must vary from person to person. Thus, my treatment plans differ greatly from one client to the next.

A diagnosis can be a very terrifying time, especially when it involves the word cancer. One of my most significant professional achievements has been to work with a client who was ready to make significant changes to his lifestyle if it meant he would have a better chance at fighting this disease.

Together with his surgeon, we developed a proposed change-of-life plan, and now post-surgery, chemotherapy and testing, my client is back to living life cancer-free. Seeing him smile at my quirky jokes or listening to his hearty laugh is the greatest payment I could ever receive.


George Brown College, Chef Training, 2004
George Brown College, Culinary Management Program, 2005
George Brown College, Small Business Entrepreneurship, 2009
Canadian School of Natural Nutrition, Holistic Nutrition, 2017