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Cameron Stauch is a Canadian chef currently living in Hanoi, Vietnam. During the last decade, Cameron has had the good fortune to eat and work in kitchens throughout Asia and North America. His travels have enabled him to investigate a variety of cuisines and acquire an array of culinary techniques.

When living in Canada, Cameron cooks for the Governor General of Canada, where he features Canadian heritage ingredients to create dishes and menus that represent Canada's varied cultural communities. He has shared Canada's delicious culinary landscape with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth & the Duke of Edinburgh; the Prince of Wales & the Duchess of Cornwall; the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge; the Emperor & Empress of Japan; and many other foreign dignitaries, international business leaders, and fellow Canadians.

His early travels throughout Asia helped him recognize that, in many parts of the world, some of the best cooks are not found in professional kitchens. He happily searches and works with traditional home cooks to develop a mutual understanding and tutorship in their respective cuisines.

These encounters and travels have strongly influenced his cooking style, of bringing world flavors to the table. He prefers to cook globally but source locally.

Presently, he is eating and cooking his way around Southeast Asia in search of cooks and producers who are focused on preserving and enriching their local culinary ingredients and traditions.

Goat curry. Credit: Cameron Stauch

Back in 2008, I visited Pondicherry, a small coastal city in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. As the former capital of French India,

Citrus fruits and savory herbs and spices can put a twist on classic shortbread. Credit: Cameron Stauch

My family's annual Christmas cookie platter always includes classic, buttery shortbread. Growing up, I anticipated the round or flower-shaped shortbread almost always garnished with

Fresh foods you find at your local market often make suitable substitutes for traditional Thanksgiving ingredients. Credit: Cameron Stauch

Being away from your family and friends while living overseas can make Thanksgiving one of the loneliest days of the year for a North

A child eats a meal provided by Akshaya Patra. Credit: Biswarajan Rout

Twenty-three young students in the Indian state of Bihar died in July after eating a midday school lunch cooked with oil contaminated by pesticides.

Women hand roll chapatis. Credit: Cameron Stauch

Enter the Golden Temple complex by any gate and there before you is the famous golden dome, but come in through the east, and