Matt Prescott of Snowline Catering is one of the featured guests at the October 25 Wellness Gathering. He’s been a Community Services Society guest chef at the Community Kitchens project, and on Thursday, he will give a workshop on how to cook a healthy low-cost meal.
We asked him a few questions.
Tell us a little bit about yourself?
I’ve been in the food industry for almost 20 years, starting at a deli in North Vancouver, then moving to Whistler, then Pemberton. I worked my way up the ranks starting as a fresh pasta maker, and learning about products and ingredients. In Whistler I started as a line cook. I learned time management and high volume production. With so many people coming to Whistler I also got more exposure to cooking techniques and ingredients. When I started cooking in Pemberton I started to learn the importance of doing things locally. Cooking means a lot more when you are using local products and serving them to people you know.
Who is your biggest influence when it comes to cooking?
My biggest overall influence in cooking was my Mom, she wouldn’t let me leave home without knowing how to cook, I still talk to her about cooking. On a daily basis I am influenced by who I am cooking for, always trying to make meals interesting and fun.
What does “Wellness” mean to you?
Wellness to me means wellbeing, balance, health and happiness, in all that we do.
What will you be cooking at the Wellness Gathering? What can people expect from your workshop?
At the Wellness Gathering I will be cooking a Hearty Lentil Stew with Vegetables and Rice. People can expect to learn a basic stew technique that can be used with many dishes, and a little cooking philosophy based on the benefits of cooking and eating as a group.
What’s the most satisfying thing about making food for people?
I get the most pleasure out of cooking when I sit down to a meal with people I care about.
Why is good food worth the effort?
Good, healthy food is important because it fuels your body and mind. Good food affects the way you do everything, it can provide balance, health and happiness, wellbeing. The effort to make good food for people you care about is well worth it when you see the effects.
Why do you think it’s important to eat good fresh local food?
Good local food is important because there is a huge benefit to knowing not only where but who your food comes from. The effort that goes into making dinner starts at the farm. When you use fresh and local produce you support a community that supports you.