2014 Honour in the Arts Award Recipient
She’s not a butcher. Or a baker. But her cookbook - The Butcher, The Baker, The Wine and Cheese Maker - has turned Jennifer Schell into an award-winning writer. Winner of the Gourmand International Award for Best Local Cuisine Cookbook, she also won Best Cookbook awards at the San Francisco and Paris book festivals.
This self-published, self-funded book has shone an international spotlight on the Okanagan culinary scene, showcasing our local farmers (or ‘star’mers as Jennifer calls them), chefs and winemakers who have created the ‘farm to table’ lifestyle.
As a member of the Okanagan Chefs Association, Jennifer supports their various programs in her regular columns in both Food & Wine Trails and the Capital News. She is a member of the prestigious Les Dames d’Escoffer, a world-wide philanthropic society and 2011, spearheaded the Kelowna’s Soup Sisters program which supplies the homemade soup on a regular basis to the women’s shelters.
In 2014, upon learning of the Richter Street Overnight Program for at risk youth, Jennifer started another soup making group that produces 60 litres of nourishing soup on a monthly basis for these kids in need.