Joseph Hoare Gastronomic Writer in Residence 2022
With a career spanning nearly two decades, Andrew Coppolino is a self-described “local food and restaurant ambassador” dedicated to promoting culinary businesses and advocating for chefs and restaurants.
His work in food writing began after a two-year stint as an apprentice cook at Peter Martin’s 20 King Restaurant in Kitchener, Ontario. “The work was hard and the hours long, but it taught me a lot about the industry and my passion for it – though, I must admit, it also prompted me to pursue a career on the other side of the kitchen pass! If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen,” Coppolino said.
Food columnist for Metroland Media Group and Waterloo Region Tourism, Coppolino is former restaurant reviewer for the Waterloo Region Record and author of Farm To Table: Celebrating Stratford Chefs School Alumni, Recipes and Perth County Producers (Swan Parade Press) and co-author of Cooking with Shakespeare (Greenwood Press). He is currently writing a memoir.