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Episode 8: Chef Ben Kramer / Made With Love

Chef Ben Kramer has helped to estab­lish Win­nipeg as one of the most vibrant food scenes in North Amer­i­ca. He was one of the first to cham­pi­on the use of local, sus­tain­able ingre­di­ents and Ocean Wise cer­ti­fied fish at the dynam­ic Dan­de­lion Eatery. As the Exec­u­tive Chef of Diver­si­ty Food Ser­vices, Chef Kramer cham­pi­oned a social enter­prise approach and intro­duced a sus­tain­able menu to the cam­pus com­mu­ni­ty based on the belief that every­thing should be made from scratch using local ingredients. 

Before the Coro­n­avirus out­break, one in eight Cana­di­ans strug­gled to put healthy nutri­tious food on the table. Through­out the pan­dem­ic, as lay­offs increased, food inse­cu­ri­ty became an even big­ger nation­al cri­sis. Through Made With Love, Kramer and his team have devel­oped a high-qual­i­ty, nutri­tious take-home meal menu that will be pre­pared using the high­est food safe­ty stan­dards. These meals will be dis­trib­uted through sev­er­al Win­nipeg orga­ni­za­tions that are on the front-line in try­ing to help com­mu­ni­ties dur­ing the COVID-19 and ever deep­en­ing food inse­cu­ri­ty crisis. 

To date, more than 35, 000 meals have been deliv­ered to Win­nipeg­gers in need dur­ing the pandemic.


  • Chef Ben Kramer

    Chef Ben Kramer is innovative, outgoing and personable. You’ll have seen his recipes featured in several food magazines and books. He’s a favourite guest on Winnipeg`s live morning television show and he continues to work with a passionate commitment to sustainability and quality. Since 2014, Ben has partnered with Community Food Centres Canada and helped launch Made with Love where his team, in partnership with NorWest Co-op Community Food Centre, has produced and delivered more than 30,000 meals to some of Winnipeg’s most vulnerable.

    Ben was also instrumental in gathering food from restaurants that were shutting down during the pandemic and using that food to create nutritious meals for community partners and agencies.