Producer/Director Nick Versteeg is not just busy producing programs on our culinary world, he is also taking his presentation on the road.
His 1 - 1½ hour speaking engagement will take you from his home country, the Netherlands, where he was a pastry chef to Vancouver Island where he lives today together with his wife Elly. After moving to Canada he changed his career and became a film documentary maker specializing in culinary events. He is now involvement in the issues of small farming on Vancouver Island. The title he often uses for his speaking engagement is "From baker to film maker to activist farmer."
It's a personal life story with a strong message. We have to get involved in creating a healthier environment with the emphasis on food. What's in our food? Where does it come from? Do we read the labels? He has made presentations all over North America, including Johnson and Wales Culinary School in Rhode Island, where he spoke to 1000 students.
Some comments of his audience:
Thank you very much. It was an awesome presentation. The Documentary Island on the Edge was definitely a "food for thought" moment, literally!
We hope that your message has triggered our community to really contemplate the value of a healthy local food system. Thanks, again, for your good work.
Nick Versteeg captured everyone's undivided attention. Nick took us on a tour of his life from days in his Grandfather's pastry shop in Holland to an award winning career producing documentaries. Using short clips of his work, we saw a career evolve from the underwater Legacy of Truk Lagoon, to several international chefs' competitions. The message Nick is most interested in conveying is that "Nobody can do everything but everyone can do something". He made us all a little more conscious that we do have the ability to make a difference in our own and other's lives. Small changes can and will result in substantial improvement in food security and sustainability.