About Dana Shortt – Dana Shortt Gourmet

About Dana Shortt

Ever since I was a girl, I have been passionate about cooking, baking, and of course, eating. I grew up in a family that believes food is a pleasure to be enjoyed, so we made every meal an opportunity to savour the taste of delicious food.

As a chef, I am convinced that being passionate about taste makes all the difference. It means creating an experience that starts with a taste and ends with a memory. It’s my passion, for you to enjoy.


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dana-shortt-photoDana Shortt, owner and founder of Dana Shortt Gourmet, received her formal culinary training at George Brown College. Along with her Culinary Management Diploma, she also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Hotel and Food Administration from the University of Guelph.

Before starting her own business, Dana worked for several of Toronto’s top catering companies, including Catered Affare and Dish Cooking Studio. She has also taught and assisted cooking classes at venues in Toronto, including the Upstairs at Loblaws Cooking School, and Dish Cooking Studio.

In 2003, Dana was delighted to receive the Fairmont Hotel and Resorts Culinary Excellence Award, presented to her for outstanding achievement within the food industry.

In 2006, Dana was honoured to receive the Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award from the Greater Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber of Commerce.

In 2007, Dana was nominated for the Retailer of the Year Award from Junior Achievement of Kitchener Waterloo & Cambridge.

In 2008, Dana was thrilled to receive the Waterloo Chronicle’s Readers’ Choice Gold Award in the catering category. 2009 brought DSG the Readers’ Choice Platinum Award for catering, followed up by the Diamond Award in 2010, and the Platinum Award for catering in 2011 & 2012.

Dana is a member of the International Caterers Association, the Women’s Culinary Network, and the K-W Chamber of Commerce.