With a Masters in Public Health and a passion for international markets and food preparation skills from different cultures, Anne Bergman calls herself “The Kitchen Director”. Using her breadth of experience she helps people take a leading role in managing their kitchens.
Anne began her journey into the kitchen as a child by her grandmother’s side in France. There she learned about shopping in the markets, appropriate menu planning, and of course, the art of renowned Provençal cuisine. That inspired her zeal for studying the impact of the kitchen on every aspect of people’s lives.
As a participant in the cross-cultural exchange, Canada World Youth in 1987, Anne found herself in a small village in rural Borneo, Indonesia, where food was generally prepared with a machete, squatting on a dirt floor. After completing a degree in East Asian studies from McGill University in Montreal, Anne continued her travels in the Far East spending a year in Yunnan province in remote southwest China. There, Anne ate and cooked in road-side kitchens,  homes, school cafeterias, restaurants of all sizes, and learned about the Chinese concept of food as medicine.
“Wherever I travelled, it struck me that no matter the type of cuisine or where the food is consumed, the kitchen is always at the heart of people’s lives,” Anne says.
Returning to North America, Anne pursued her Master’s in International Public Health at Boston University where she graduated in 1997. Anne then returned to Toronto to work for InterHealth Canada, a global healthcare management firm.
By this time, Anne had married and started a family. As a mother herself, she saw the need for quality food solutions for busy households. In 2000, Anne launched a business called “The Frozen Pantry” which prepared and sold single portion homemade and nutritious meals.
“My food was inspired by the kitchens I had experienced and what mothers around the world would cook for their children,” says Anne.
It was a natural offshoot of the business to begin helping people with a variety of kitchen management skills so, in 2006 Anne created her coaching business now called The Kitchen Director. As The Kitchen Director, Anne provides one-on-one coaching, group seminars, workshops, videos and a variety of other tools for people looking to become the directors of their own kitchens.

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