The GOODS from Edible Canada
Vancouver, BC | At the 89th Annual College of Fellows Dinner on November 1st, the prestigious Royal Canadian Geographical Society (RCGS) nominated Eric Pateman, President and Founder of Edible Canada, its newest Fellow. In 89 years, since the establishment of ‘The Royal Canadian Geographical Society’, Eric is the first Chef who has ever been nominated a Fellow of RGCS. The acknowledgement is awarded to distinguished individuals who not only excel in their fields but do so while promoting Canadian geographical and cultural knowledge to audiences throughout the globe.
“Canadian cuisine is gaining international recognition beyond poutine and in part, it’s thanks to the advocacy efforts of Eric Pateman, one of our leading experts in culinary tourism,” says John Geiger, CEO of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. “Pateman has been working for years through his Edible Canada brand of companies to make our home-grown cuisine better known to Canadians and the world. His insights and culinary expertise are a welcome addition to the RCGS College of Fellows.”
“It is an incredible honour to be included amongst such a distinguished group of Canadians, especially as the first chef in Canada to be recognized,” says Eric Pateman. “Cooking and working to define and celebrate Canadian cuisine through our unique geographical landscape and with our diversity of cultures is a lifelong passion. I am fortunate to work with an amazing team that makes this possible as well as the thousands of other chefs, farmers, foragers, fisherman, ranchers, artisans and others that put a face and feeling on our national culinary landscape.”
The Society was founded in 1929 with the important mandate of making Canada better known to Canadians and to the world. While best known for its iconic publication, Canadian Geographic magazine, the Society also actively develops additional publications, such as Géographica and Canadian Geographic Travel, and Canadian Geographic Education is one of Canada’s largest non-profit educational organizations and is funded primarily by membership fees and donations.
Some of the prominent Canadians who have been appointed as RCGS Fellows include such luminaries as Nobel Prize-winner Frederick G. Banting, and more recently, world adventurer Rosita Forbes.