About

Even at three years old, I always LOVED food.
Even at three years old, the kitchen was my hangout.

Charmaine’s passion for food and cooking began at a very young age.  “I was always comfortable in the kitchen.  In most cases it was when I had a fork in my hand heading toward my mouth” she says with a laugh.  “Nothing made me happier (at the age of ten) than whipping up omelettes or my signature ‘Chicken Fried Rice’ for my siblings and friends.  My rice dish was inspired by Wok With Yan, one of the only cooking shows on T.V. in the mid eighties.  I remember telling my Mom I was sick in fourth grade so I could stay home and watch Yan.  I loved the way he would entertain an audience with food and humour.”

Charmaine attended the Culinary Arts program at George Brown College in Toronto and completed her apprenticeship at many restaurants and hotels in the city.  Charmaine was fortunate enough to work in the test kitchen and with the marketing department of President’s Choice where she worked closely with PC’s Executive Chef educating consumers about newly launched President’s Choice products.  She then moved on to work with Dana McCauley & Associates, a food consulting firm in the GTA.  Under Dana’s watchful eye, Charmaine developed and wrote recipes for multiple national brands, developed and tested recipes for countless national publications, and cookbooks.  “I truly feel honoured to have worked with Dana.  She taught me the true art of recipe writing and development.  Dana was not only an incredible leader and mentor, but teacher also.”

Since 2009, Charmaine has established herself as a respected food writer:

“Charmaine Broughton is a highly skilled and knowledgeable source for our Running Room Magazine, both the Canadian and USA editions. Her wisdom and skillful talents provide both knowledge and inspiration to our readers. She is a master around deadlines, someone to count on to provide our readers the very best in a timely manner!”

~John Stanton, Running Room owner

“Charmaine’s recipes have never failed to be everything healthy meals should be: simple, low-cost, and delicious. Our readers always love them and a few have even become staples in my own kitchen!”

~Kirstyn Brown, Editor-in-Chief, STRONG Fitness Magazine

“Charmaine Broughton has joined us as a guest on the Rogers Daytime TV program many times over the past few years. She always brings her wealth of information and wisdom when it comes to the matters of food and the nutrition impacts on health. Charmaine speaks from the heart…she has walked the walk and is more than knowledgeable when it comes to talking the talk! Not only does she teach us easy ways to eat healthier…Charmaine teaches us that it also comes from within and getting the right mindset is just as important.”

~Deanne McCallum, Producer Rogers Daytime