Mayor's Arts Award for Culinary Arts

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2017 recipients

Mary Mackay


Mary Mackay is co-owner of Terra Breads, where she serves as Director of Product Innovation and Quality Assurance. Terra Breads is a Vancouver based award-winning bakery specializing in sourdough breads made with wild yeast achieved through a long fermentation process.

Mackay trained at Dubrulle French Culinary School. She has hosted bread-making videos and contributed to many local Vancouver cookbooks. Since 1999, she has been a member of Les Dames d’Escoffier, an organization of women culinary professionals who raise funds for scholarships for women in the culinary industry.

As a past board member of Vancouver’s Chefs' Table Society, Mackay supported initiatives and sustainable programs that inspired and educated local chefs and producers. Mackay has been working in the restaurant and baking industry for 33 years and at Terra Breads for 24 years. She continues to focus on her passion for baking and fermentation in Vancouver.

Leah Patitucci

Emerging artist

Leah Patitucci is a 20-year-old cook/pastry cook currently working at the renowned Pear Tree Restaurant under Chef Scott Jaeger. Since entering the culinary world in late 2012, Patitucci has completed her cook training at Vancouver Community College, earning her Red Seal Certification. Patitucci has also studied baking and pastry arts.

Patitucci has cooked at some of Vancouver’s top restaurants such as Hawksworth and Blackbird Bistro. She also spent two years at Temper Chocolate and Pastry, rising to the role of head baker. In 2016, Patitucci traveled to Germany with Culinary Team Canada as a pastry support member for the International Culinary Olympics. She also won the title of 2016 Vancouver Community College Student of the Year.

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