CanolaInfo Cooks! Videos
The CanolaInfo Cooks! video series follows fictional
culinary student Dean as he uncovers the secret to great, versatile
cooking - canola oil. Follow him through six adventures, each beginning
with a different culinary dilemma, as he travels to the farm to see
how canola is grown and returns to the kitchen to learn how canola oil
works in many cooking applications.
Learn along with Dean how to use canola oil in vinaigrettes,
sauteing, baking, deep drying, flavored oils, marinades and grilling.
Maybe canola oil could become your secret ingredient too.
Meet the Characters in the Video Series
Brian Hellegards: Brian is proud to be a canola grower. He grew up on a mixed grain farm on the Canadian prairies, and is dedicated to promoting agriculture and the importance of safe, sustainable food production for all consumers. Brian lives with his wife Dorrie and two children in Manitoba, Canada, where he manages a 500-acre farm. He regularly hosts guests from around the world and even lets them ride in the combine from time to time.
Phyllis Reid-Jarvis: Phyllis is a registered dietitian and president of PRJ Consulting and Health Services. Her company has been training people to eat and live well since 1992. She is also a professional speaker and author of the book Solutions for Health... How to do More of What Works! Phyllis lives and works in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. She is a member of the College of Dietitians of Manitoba, Dietitians of Canada and Consulting Dietitians Network. She is not above sneaking into culinary schools in the pursuit of heart smart cooking.
Mary-Jane Feeke: Mary-Jane did her first cooking demonstration at 8 years old and won an award in high school for developing a nutritious cookie for the science fair. She went on to study cooking in South Africa and Singapore, where she studied under Chef Violet Oon. Today, she is a Red Seal Chef and Red Seal Baker. Mary-Jane lives in Selkirk, Manitoba, Canada where she owns her own catering business and is a devoted culinary arts instructor for high school and college students. She never misses a chance to teach an up-and-coming chef a lesson.
Dean: Dean is the fictional hero of our culinary adventure. A hapless culinary student and a real urbanite, he is constantly seeking advice from his friend Brian, a farmer. With the help of Brian and two other real-life experts, Dean comes to appreciate the versatility, functionality and flavor of canola oil, which becomes his secret ingredient in the kitchen. And what do you know Dean really can cook!
Debbie: Debbie is the competition, and Dean knows it. They are constantly jockeying for top position and outdoing each other. But Debbie doesn't know what Dean has up his sleeve. While she becomes distracted, he reaches for the secret ingredient and comes up with some winning recipes. The interview she secured at a 5-star restaurant may be in jeopardy...
Canola Oil: Canola oil is any great chef's secret ingredient. Brian, Phyllis and Mary-Jane know it's the real deal versatile, light and healthy. As they show Dean, canola oil is great for vinaigrettes, sauteing, baking, deep frying, flavored oils, marinades and grilling. Now Dean is a canola oil convert. Try canola oil yourself and make it your secret ingredient!