Lori McCarthy

Lori McCarthy is dedicated to preserving the cultural food of Newfoundland and Labrador through her company Cod Sounds and the Livyers Cultural Alliance. 

Her core values embrace locally sourced regional cuisine and this is reflected in her food experiences and through her cooking school at The Compton House Inn.

She sits on the Food Policy Council of St. John's and is the recipient of the Hospitality Newfoundland and Labrador Tourism Innovator award for 2017 and the Tourism Discovery award from the City of St. John's.

As a child, Lori spent countless hours watching her mom make bread and preserve the season’s harvest for the winter. It’s her childhood memories of beach boil-ups and long fall days on fertile berry grounds that shaped her heart—and the heart of her business.

Her passion for the traditional foods of this province has only grown over the years. And now it’s something she looks forward  to sharing with you.


Nicholas Gardner

Nicholas is thrilled to be a part of Cod Sounds Cookery School as Bakery Instructor as he shares a passion for real food and hands on teaching. Owner of Upper Crust, St. John’s only microbakery and delivery service, Nicholas enjoys sharing knowledge of the craft of baking and food techniques. After some years honing his skills in the kitchens of the Niagara Escarpment and Southwestern Ontario, he carved out a life in St. John’s as a blogger and food writer for The Independent with his columns Off the Eating Path and Drink. He returned to the kitchens in 2013, baking for commercial operations, which inspired the idea of running a boutique bakery. Nicholas is a recurring regional judge for Gold Medal Plates, part of the Canadian Culinary Championships held each year in St. John’s. Nicholas is an Honors Graduate of the Culinary Institute of Canada.



Lisa & Steve McBride

Lisa & Steve McBride, originally from Vancouver BC, have lived in Newfoundland since 2008 and run a sustainable organic homestead up the Southern Shore in Mobile. Their goal is total food (& entertainment) sustainability, which means a lot of DIY. Whether it's milking goats to make delicious homemade cheese, growing and foraging for gourmet mushrooms, tending to beehives for their honey & excellent pollination, tending to a sprawling fruit & veggie garden, out foraging for wild edibles, or preparing homegrown organic homestead meat, Lisa & Steve are always busy learning & sharing food skills and - most importantly - delicious food with friends & food enthusiasts."