Meet James Beard nominated chef, teacher, advocate, husband, dad, musician, hockey coach, sales person, manager, and psoriasis conqueror – Jordan Wagman. He wears each title as a badge of honour, and takes on each role with precision and tremendous passion.
Jordan’s unique culinary journey began over camp fires in Northern Ontario’s Algonquin Park and progressed to the kitchens of some of the top chefs in the culinary world. The demands on his physical health combined with his desire to be a very present father and husband, challenged him to take a road less traveled. It is a journey that has inspired so many people to look up, listen and follow him along on his wild food ride.
At the age of 12, Jordan was diagnosed with psoriasis, an often debilitating autoimmune disease. He was hospitalized, medicated and forced to follow extensive diets during the defining years of his life. No medicine and no diet gave Jordan the relief he was so desperately seeking.
Jordan discovered that if he removed certain ingredients he could still eat the food he has always loved to cook, share and serve. He set out to create healthy, and delicious recipes that look and taste like restaurant quality dishes. Whether a novice in the kitchen or a seasoned at-home cook, Jordan’s recipes are accessible. This approach is why his baby food cookbook currently sits at #2 on the Amazon bestseller list and his other publications continue to garner rave reviews.
Having taken this unique road on his culinary journey, Jordan has a renewed focus on food and wellness. His cooking classes for adults and kids alike are sold out, and the demand is real. He is ready to share his passion, his story and each amazing recipe, in hopes of changing a few lives while people continue to enjoy indulging in all the goodness each ingredient has to offer.