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“Candy Lesher is an incredible
talent whose charm, wit and
personality capture the
attention of anyone that has
the pleasure of
being in her audience.
Her talents have enhanced
any event that she
has emceed for our
company and the positive
reactions that I have
received from attendees
have been truly amazing.
I would use Candy’s
services at every possible
opportunity and be truly
grateful for her
participation.”

Bob Stamm
President,
SunWest Appliance Distributing
Exclusive Viking Distributor in the
Southwest and former sponsor of
food & life television.

 
“Candy redefines passion
in everything she works on.
She is the quintessential
spokesperson and TV
personality. I truly enjoyed
working on projects with
Candy, and learning from
her in-depth knowledge
of the culinary arts.”

Michael Famileti
United Auto Group
(including Bentley Motors Scottsdale,
food & life television sponsor)

 
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- Award-winning television host and
executive producer

- Inductee into Culinary Hall of Fame
as Culinary Media Master

- James Beard Panelist

- Public speaker

- Chef and former restaurateur

- Television personality

- Writer and editor

- Culinary consultant

- Cooking instructor
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Having devoted a lifetime to the pursuit of culinary related skills,
knowledge and excellence, Ms. Lesher entered the professional world
with a successful made-to-order bakery.

That experience provided her the invaluable expertise and indispensable business savvy which catapulted her into the role of chef, instructor, writer, television personality, public speaker, consultant, award-winning author, editor-in-chief of food & life magazine plus host and executive producer of food & life television – winner of two Telly Awards in 2006.
 
 
Candy Lesher - James Beard Award
Through the years, Ms. Lesher has been honored to be one of very few chosen to act as a panelist for the highly esteemed, annual James Beard Foundation Awards, the equivalent of the “Oscar’s” in the culinary world.

In 2006, she was inducted by her peers into the Culinary Hall of Fame as a Culinary Media Master, in recognition of Ms. Lesher’s excellence in three major culinary-focused media arenas – as a journalist, a television host/executive producer, and a public speaker.
 
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As a result of her dynamic personality and comfort with public speaking,
Ms. Lesher has become a highly sought event host and master of ceremonies.

From hosting food & life magazine’s successful string of cooking classes featuring Golden Plate Award winning chefs or hosting chefs at the Valley’s newest culinary event, Phoenix Cooks – to emceeing JR McDade’s highly publicized Dine & Design series or the annual Viking event, her vibrant style of public speaking has made her a keynote element to successful events.
 
Candy Lesher Ms. Lesher was also sought out by IDG, publisher of the highly successful For Dummies series of books to contribute recipes to one of their publications.

Her recipes have been featured at New York City’s American Institute of Wine and Food Annual Conference with dishes from her award-winning book, The Great American Beer Cookbook served at their annual gala banquet.

Ms. Lesher is also a veteran cooking instructor, having conducted over 600 cooking classes both locally and nationally, including such locations as the prestigious “Cooking School of the Rockies” in Boulder, Colorado. It was through these classes that Ms. Lesher became a popular culinary personality and chef on Phoenix’s NBC affiliate, KPNX-TV Channel 12 for over eleven years.
 
Candy Lesher Off screen, those years were spent as a chef and restaurateur while later assisting in the development and launch of food & life magazine (originally AZ Food & Lifestyles magazine), where she was ultimately offered the position of editor-in-chief.

Ms. Lesher also spearheaded – as executive producer and host – food & life television, a Telly Award winning show that aired for over two years. Ms. Lesher has refocused on her true passion, conducting cooking classes, which are held in her full Viking kitchen.
 
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