WS Team

Kim Jewell, Marketing and Social Media Manager  |  Kathrine Podrebersek  |  Nicki McCulloch, Store Manager  |  Chef Sue Wiebe, Well Seasoned Corporate Chef  |  Kay Slater, Creative Director  |  Tara Aebig  |  Joanne Schmietenknop  |  Maricor ‘Mari’ Copon  |  Corinne Misko  |  Renee Blackstone  |  Michele Vanderzwan  | 

Chef Sue Wiebe, Well Seasoned Corporate Chef

Chef Sue Wiebe - Well Seasoned, A Gourmet Food Store, Langley, BC
Sue Wiebe is a British Columbia based cooking instructor specializing in sophisticated Parisian-style pastries and elevated classic cuisine. Sue is in constant & enthusiastic pursuit of culinary excellence and is focused on developing recipes that are current, adaptable and suited to every level of culinary prowess. She was formally the executive chef and owner of Stoney Creek Cookery, Sue is also known for her appearances on Chopped Canada and at Eat Fraser Valley. Sue exemplifies the adage that “The best teachers are constant students.” Her ongoing culinary training includes certificates from Dubrulle French Culinary School, Le Cordon Bleu, The Culinary Institute of California and most recently, the Pastry Training Centre in Vancouver. Sue loves to pass on her extensive knowledge and skills whenever she has an opportunity. True to her French Canadian heritage, Sue believes that “Recipes need to be passed on to preserve our culture.” Sue’s classes are incredibly popular ...Read More

 


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Corinne Misko

Corinne Misko, on the Well Seasoned team in Langley, BC canada
Corinne was born and raised in Calgary, AB where she learned an appreciation for food while growing up. Her Dad always said, “You have to try it at least once. If you don’t like it you don’t have to finish it but you have to at least give it a try.” Of course as a kid this was often a painful process but as an adult she now appreciates how it has developed her palette and her willingness for trying all kinds of different food. It especially served her well during her extensive travels around the world where the local cuisine is always a memorable part of the travel experience. It was Corinne’s love for travel that initially lead her to start her working life in the travel industry. After moving to the Vancouver area she progressed into an at home sales career while raising her daughter Kassandra along with ...Read More

 


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Joanne Schmietenknop

Joanne - Well Seasoned, Langley, BC
Joanne was born and raised in Ontario. After graduating University and teaching abroad, she settled in Vancouver. Working in the hospitality industry sparked an interest in everything food..and wine! She enjoys entertaining, trying new recipes and cooking techniques and has a passion for baking and decorating. After starting a family, Joanne, her husband and 1st son moved to Langley and are proud to call this place home. As regular customers with a great appreciation for all of the unique ingredients and 'foodie' treats Well Seasoned has to offer, she was thrilled to later become a part of the WS team! •••

 


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Kathrine Podrebersek

Kathrine - Well Seasoned, Langley, BC
Kathrine is the newest and now the tallest of the Well Seasoned team. After moving with her family to Langley from Chilliwack in 2015, Kathrine wanted to find a job that she loved and was thrilled when she became a part of the WS team! She started as an assistant in the cooking classes and can now also be found in the retail store. Even though she is still very young, she hopes to pursue the art of cooking in some way because that is what she's passionate about. From a very young age Kathrine could be found sitting on the kitchen counter beside her mother, licking the spatula and helping with whatever dish was being created. Whether it's cooking, baking, tasting or dreaming about food, Kathrine is there.

 


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Kay Slater, Creative Director

Kay Slater, WS Creative Director - Well Seasoned, Langley, BC
Kay has been associated with the Well Seasoned Gourmet Food Store brand on and off for the past 9 years and is proud to officially take on the title of Creative Director. Kay has worked to produce a consistent brand presence for Well Seasoned both online and off and has used their extensive retail marketing background and fine arts education to blend functionality and form for this gourmet brand. Kay also manages the websites for the CanadaQ, and BBQ Off the Bypass. If you find anything wrong or have an issue with your online experience on any of the Well Seasoned brand sites, please contact creative@wellseasoned.ca and Kay will get right on it! Kay is the resident nerd, who is hard-of-hearing, vegetarian and is proud of it. Kay works as an illustrator  and gallery preparator when not drooling over Well Seasoned's selection of quinoa. https://ca.linkedin.com/in/kslater https://www.behance.net/kayslater https://www.facebook.com/kdotca

 


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Kim Jewell, Marketing and Social Media Manager

Kim Jewell, Marketing + Social Media Manager - Well Seasoned, Langley, BC
A recent transplant to the Fraser Valley, Kim is excited to join the Well Seasoned Team. Her passion for food and travel led her to pursue a career in the hospitality industry. Having diversified through several different roles within branded hotels and online travel agencies, Kim knew the corporate world was not for her, and something was missing. She has always been passionate about food, and shopping local. Naturally, Well Seasoned was the perfect career change, allowing her to transition back into her marketing roots. This wine lover also spent a number of years devoted to BBQ Competitions alongside Angie, judging, organizing and competing. She is responsible for our marketing and social media initiatives, along with coordinating our kitchen and special events.

 


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Maricor ‘Mari’ Copon

Mari Copon- Well Seasoned Chef
After many attempts to find the perfect job, Mari finally stumbled upon a place where she was able to be around the things she is passionate about. Although this may seem like work for some people, being at Well Seasoned isn't really work for Mari because she is doing the things she enjoys best - getting to work with chefs, picking up new techniques, and being surrounded by great people (and of course great food!). Food is Mari's first love, between eating and cooking she doesn't know which she is fonder of. She enjoys eating a variety of dishes from all over the world and always believes in trying anything at least once. Her favourite cuisines include: Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Korean, Vietnamese, and Filipino. She hopes in gaining more experience in the kitchen and fulfilling her dream of one day becoming a chef.

 


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Michele Vanderzwan

Michele Vanderzwan - Staff at Well Seasoned, A Gourmet Food Store in Langley, BC
As a constant victim of unsolicited house guests, Michele is always on the look out for new recipe and entertainment ideas.  Her dream of owning a hobby farm came true a few years ago and she takes pride in serving home grown when she can.  The need for new and interesting meal ideas brought her to Well Seasoned.  The overwhelming variety of gourmet food products and supplies intrigued the caterer in her even further.  She had to be a part of this place!  Michele became a regular attending a multitude of classes which lead her to become a kitchen assistant to so many local and celebrity chefs, and a PNWBA judge.  Currently she is learning the ropes of the retail store and gets to share recipes and inspirations with other like minded foodies. •••

 


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Nicki McCulloch, Store Manager

Nicki - Well Seasoned, Langley, BC
Nicki is thrilled to be returning to the food industry once again! Her great love - food! Coming from a long line of food enthusiasts and entertainers. "My mom made fantastic food everyday......she was a business owner, 4-H leader, mother of 3 girls , managed a 10 acre farm in Langley and could execute  a beef Wellington on a Wednesday. She made it all look so easy." Nicki's dad was the publisher of numerous newspapers and the perpetual entertainer. " The moment you walked into our home you were made to feel special. The partnership of my parents was a match made in heaven." Continuing the family tradition Nicki loves making every moment special for her 3 nearly grown children, husband Gord of nearly 27 years and dear dog Zara. Numerous friends and family with diet challenges encourages Nicki to create adventurous menus . Vegetarian, vegan, pescatarian, gluten free, diary ...Read More

 


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Renee Blackstone

Renee Blackstone - Staff at Well Seasoned, A Gourmet Food Store in Vancouver, BC
Renee spent nearly 20 years as Food and Lifestyles Editor at The Province newspaper before taking early retirement in 2008. She now spends most of her time looking after an ever-expanding number of flower beds and vegetable gardens on her two Langley acres where she also tends a small flock of chickens. She continues to write freelance articles for various clients and also has a blog, accidentalfoodie.wordpress.com, which covers all things food-related, including cookbook reviews, travels and gardening. But writing can be a lonely profession, and chickens aren't the best conversationalists, so Renee happily joined the WS team as one of the best ways to stay connected with the food world. She works mostly as a cooking-class assistant. The many chefs she's had the opportunity to work with continue to inspire her love of great food, she says.

 


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Tara Aebig

Tara - Well Seasoned, Langley, BC
Tara grew up in a house where food was viewed as more of a necessity than an enjoyment. With 4 kids to feed, her mom was great at throwing together a meal with whatever was handy but Tara did not inherit that skill. Tara always considered herself more of a baker than someone who enjoyed cooking, so once she was living on her own she had to expand her knowledge in the kitchen. Her cooking skills started off pretty basic but as her skills grew, so too did her love for food and trying new things. These days, since the TV usually has some sort of cooking show on, she always has a stack of recipes to try. Her husband is the perfect guinea pig and will eat pretty much anything she puts in front of him but their favourite meal is a good BBQ! In fact recently they both became KCBS ...Read More

 


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