Brent Garell (@kitchenroadie)

A McMaster University graduate, Brent began his career working in banking before diving into the world of cooking.

In 2006 Brent walked away from his secure job and began pairing his collection of flavorful, easy-to-follow, calorie-conscious recipes with popular song suggestions. His goal; to write a cookbook that focused on overcoming the many obstacles we often face when it comes to healthy cooking.

It was during this time a friend suggested, he enter one of the recipes from his book in a local "secret ingredient" recipe contest. His recipe took top prize and Brent was suddenly thrown into the culinary world as he demonstrated his winning Apple Curry Chicken on a Food Network cooking stage alongside Chef Michael Olson of the Niagara Culinary Institute.

His cookbook called The Cook-a-Palooza Experience debuted shortly after with an easy-to-follow format that quickly cultivated popularity with newlyweds, college students and graduate students who are starting out in the kitchen.

Brent has been a guest on numerous TV and radio shows and has performed cooking demonstrations at many local events. He often finds himself traveling from universities to colleges, delivering his energized and interactive Cook-a-Palooza Cooking Classes using recipes from his companion cookbook The Cook-a-Palooza Experience.

Media Appearances

TV - CHCH Morning Live, CTV News at Noon, CTS Real Life with Sharon Caddy


Radio - Nabuurs and Friends Talk 820, KIX 106 FM (The KIX Chicks), The Food Show 570 All News Radio, 102.9 K-Lite FM (Sunni & Hayes), The New Country 95.3 FM Morning Show, John Novak Morning Show Oldies 1150 AM, The Biggshow with John Biggs Talk 820, Rexall Health Matters Show AM 900 CHML


Print - Ancaster News, The Mississauga News, McMaster Times, Seneca Alumni Magazine


Events - The Good Food Festival "Get Cooking Stage", Hamilton Food & Drink Fest, Seneca College, Durham College, Mohawk College, Fleming College, University of Waterloo, York University, Wilfred Laurier University


Online - The Guardian UK, Ancaster Online, Dundas Star News, HealthCastle, Cookeatshare, Holy Cool, The Brock Press, Sheridan Sun


To book Brent for an interview or event, call 905.483.5648

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