Anna Olson is Canada’s baking sweetheart and an accomplished savoury chef. Her positive and common-sense approach in the kitchen has made her one of the country’s most popular and recognizable television chefs. As the host of Food Network’s Bake with Anna Olson, Fresh with Anna Olson, and Sugar, Anna has earned a loyal following in over 190 countries. She continues to expand her audience as a regular guest on The Marilyn Denis Show, and through her YouTube channel, Oh Yum with Anna Olson, which has over 1.39 million subscribers.
In addition to hosting her own television shows, Anna has been the co-host and judge on Great Chocolate Showdown for three seasons and Junior Chef Showdown for two seasons. In 2018, she joined Iron Chef Canada’s special holiday baking episode as their Iron Chef, where she was victorious against her competitor.
Using food as her creative medium, recipe development is one of Anna’s greatest accomplishments. She is the author of 11 bestselling cookbooks, including her latest, Set for the Holidays and Baking Day with Anna Olson, which won the Gold Medal at the Taste Canada Cookbook Awards. Her recipes have also been published in several magazines and many of her cookbooks have been translated into Spanish. In addition, Anna has her own line of kitchen products, called Anna Olson Kitchen.
Anna is an avid promoter of the local food movement. She works under the motto “what grows together, goes together” and infuses her cooking with great local ingredients. Both the Ontario Hostelry Institute and the Canadian Food & Wine Institute have recognized Anna for her ongoing contributions to the development of Canadian food culture.