Celebrating the launch of her new book, The Long Table Cookbook, we caught up with George Brown College alumni entrepreneur, professor and social innovator, Amy Symington, to discuss her exciting news and learn more about her journey in becoming an entrepreneur, as founder of Amelia Eats.
Amy Symington, MSc. is a nutrition professor, research associate and plant-based chef at George Brown College in Toronto, Canada. She runs the culinary nutrition programming at Gilda’s Club Greater Toronto, a not-for-profit organization for those touched by cancer and does recipe development and food writing for various publications in Toronto. Amy believes in the evidence-based health and environmental benefits of plant-based food.
Amy, what’s your educational background?
I have a BAH in Arts and Science, a culinary nutrition diploma from GBC and a MSc in Applied Human Nutriiton with a focus on functional foods from Oxford Brookes University in the UK.
What made you want to become an entrepreneur?
It was really something that I just happily fell into. My skills are translatable to many areas of nutrition and food focused work and so it just made sense.
Why did you create Amelia Eats?
To improve the lives of those whom I come in contact with through delicious, health promoting food and valuable nutrition information.
What successes have you enjoyed so far with building your company?
As a result of my work, I have been extremely lucky to have been able to work with so many wonderful not for profit organizations like Gilda’s Club Greater Toronto, The Toronto Vegetarian Food Bank, and the Out of the Cold Program.
Amy has also recently become a published author, which all of the author proceeds of her book will be donated to Gilda’s Club to support the important social, emotional and nutritional programming that they do.
What advice would you give to aspiring entrepreneurs?
Be the person that gets the job done. Be the one that people can count on and that won’t let them down. Also just be a good, kind person. That never hurts.
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