As Guyanese-Canadian sisters born into a family of foodies, Sacraspice co-founders Crystal and Celeste Ceres are dedicated to helping youth build confidence in the kitchen while embracing the plethora of diverse cuisines in Toronto. They studied Culinary Arts at George Brown College and have professional experience in food service, urban agriculture, nutrition and personal training. They have combined their passion for community engagement and cooking to deliver intergenerational culinary programs that promote the passing down of food skills and knowledge-sharing between elders and youth.
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"Our late grandmother lived a full life of almost 100 years, and one of the main reasons was due to her love for food. Even in her old age, she taught us cooking skills. Though we weren’t the biggest fans of her bittermelon concoctions, it was her passion for home-cooking and growing food that impacted us. She helped us to understand how much cooking is a communal experience, and how what we eat has long-term bodily effects.
During school, we observed that many of our peers consistently depended on take-out food for lunch, so we questioned them, and realized some of them simply didn’t have their parents or guardians around to cook for them or teach them cooking skills––especially after a long day of work. We saw a need for intergenerational food education that focuses on using cooking to promote healthy long-term eating habits.
We have combined our love for food and community experiences to deliver intergenerational cooking programs that promote the transfer of food skills between youth and their elders. Our goal is to help youth see food as a tool for healing, self-determination and connection, demystify misconceptions around healthy eating, and draw connections on the long-term effects of diet on physical and mental health.
Giving back to our community is a huge part of what we do, after all, Sacraspice is a combination of the words “Sacrifice” and “Spice”. We hope that through Sacraspice, other young people are encouraged to embark on their own journey of living a balanced and healthy life while giving back to those in need in the process."
- Crystal and Celeste Ceres