Jennifer Bain

Jennifer Bain is an award-winning food and travel writer and author. She spent 18 years as a journalist at Canada’s largest daily print newspaper, the Toronto Star, covering breaking news, crime, and courts before progressing to the food and travel beats. For 15 years, she was the Star's food editor and Saucy Lady columnist. During her journalism career, Jennifer also wrote several books, including “Buffalo Girl Cooks Bison” and the “Toronto Star Cookbook: More Than 150 Diverse & Delicious Recipes Celebrating Ontario.” Now, she’s an award-winning freelancer whose work has appeared in The Globe and Mail, Today's Parent, The Daily Beast, Travel + Leisure, Atlas Obscura, and more. She is the author of “111 Places in Calgary That You Must Not Miss” (2020) and “111 Places in Ottawa That You Must Not Miss” (release date September 2022). She’s also the Canada editor of U.S.-based National Parks Traveler. When she isn’t wandering the world in search of quirk and nature, Jennifer lives with her bison rancher husband and three kids in Toronto and has a writing retreat on Fogo Island in Newfoundland and Labrador.

• 15+ years of experience as a food and travel journalist
• Won 7+ awards from the North American Travel Journalists Association for her writing
• Won the award for Best Newspaper Food Column Writing from the Association of Food Journalists multiple times
• Won 7+ awards from the Travel Media Association of Canada for her work
• Won numerous awards from the annual SATW (Society of American Travel Writers) Canadian Chapter Awards
• Awards Chair for the 3rd Annual SATW Canadian Chapter Awards in 2019
• Received a master's degree in creative nonfiction from the University of King's College/Dalhousie University
• Received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Carleton University

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