Kelly Hughes is an alumna of George Brown Chef School and 20-year veteran of the hospitality industry. For the past six years she has specialized in local food education and advocacy, and is currently the Education and Outreach Specialist for the Greenbelt Fund. She previously held the position of Local Food Procurement Officer for the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, during which time the Centre was awarded the TIAO Sustainable Tourism Award recognizing its local food program. She developed the first Canada Can Cook student cooking competition for Cuisine Canada (now Taste Canada), and programmed the Royal Culinary Theatre at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair for three seasons. She is the founder of the Guelph Chicken Keepers Association and Guelph Ontario (GO) Food Swap, and her food writing has appeared in Toronto Life and Edible Toronto magazines. When she isn’t cooking and growing local food, she can be found tweeting as @localkelly, hiking and cycling in the Greenbelt, and enjoying culinary travel adventures.