At the age of 25, Brian volunteered overseas for the first time. He travelled to Cameroon where he worked as an IT volunteer. After his placement ended, Brian spent two months living in a small village in Cameroon learning local customs, trades and cuisine.
Brian’s experience ignited a passion for travel, foods and culture, which he devoured in equal measure. Upon returning to Canada, Brian moved to Quebec to immerse himself in the French language. He pursued a diploma in French cuisine, and graduated as the only anglophone in his class.
In 2009, Brian volunteered again–this time as a chef trainer in Namibia. He worked with low-income women to create sustainable livelihoods by operating a restaurant that serves local cuisine to tourists.
Today, Brian works in Medellin, Colombia. Brian started the Via Cocina project, where he teaches participants to transform local produce into low-salt and sugar free dishes that are not fried. Participants sell their culinary creations at affordable prices where healthful food is not normally available. While creating employment opportunities, Via Cocina also contributes to reducing diabetes, high cholesterol and obesity in the region.