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Jon Steinman



Jon studied Hotel and Food Administration at the University of Guelph and it was there that his interest in food began. After working in restaurants and wineries across Canada and France, Jon fell in love with writing about food and this led him to pursue work as a food journalist.

After authoring weekly food and drink columns in a number of Canadian publications, Jon conceived and developed Deconstructing Dinner in 2006 – a weekly one-hour radio show and podcast based at Kootenay Co-op Radio CJLY in Nelson, British Columbia. Before it went off the air in late 2010, the show was being broadcast on 50 radio stations in Canada and the US and continues to be ranked as the top food podcast in Canada by iTunes. In 2011, Jon was a finalist for a Jack Webster Award in Community Reporting following his work on an investigative story about local food fraud which appeared on Deconstructing Dinner.

Throughout his time as a radio show producer and host, Jon’s written work also appeared in Orion MagazineBriarpatch MagazineSynergy MagazineSmall Farm Canada and a number of Canadian newspapers.

In early 2011, Jon met James Beard Award winning filmmaker Declan O’Driscoll and the two of them began working on resurrecting Deconstructing Dinner as a documentary television series and multimedia project. The series launched across Canada on ichannel in 2013 and is available online to a worldwide audience. The series received the Best of Canada award at the 2015 Taste Awards.

Jon has been a Board Director of the Kootenay Country Store Co-operative since 2006 and is currently the Board President. The community-owned grocery store in Nelson is the largest of its kind in Canada and is currently developing a $26M building in Nelson’s downtown. Jon has also been actively involved in many local food system projects in the West Kootenay region and is an active public speaker, having presented to over 60 groups across Canada and the US.

In 2012, Jon launched the annual Deconstructing Dinner Film Festival – a multi-day event held in Nelson for which he curates and coordinates the showcasing of food documentaries from around the world.

Jon lives in Nelson, British Columbia with his partner Mary Ann, her son Jari, and their two cats. He’s currently part of a group developing a co-housing project just outside of Nelson which will become home to 24 families and a very large garden!

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