Experimenting with chilies, tamarind, vinegar and spices in a humble kitchen of an ashram amid the quiet mountains of India in the early 2000s, Joshna Maharaj, a former South African college student with a degree in religious studies from McMaster University, never imagined she would one day be nominated for the Basque Culinary World Prize – the Nobel Prize equivalent in the culinary world. Meet the woman, hear her story and be inspired by this healing experience through food.
Ronda Nychka trained at Canada’s National Ballet School. She was a Principal Ballerina with the Deutsche Opera in Berlin and a Soloist with The National Ballet of Canada. She has danced on stage with Karen Kain, Rudolf Nureyev, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Rex Harrington O.C. and Frank Augustyn O.C. in various roles in The Nutcracker, Giselle, Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet and La Ronde. In 2009, she was ordained an Anglican priest.
Roshni Jayawardena is in her second year at Trinity College pursuing her Masters of Divinity, seeking ordination as a Postulant with the Diocese of Toronto. She has a background in Communications, Political Science, Event Management and Women & Gender Studies. She works to inspire learning as she focuses on where her educational background intersects with her faith and call towards ministry.