Appetype.ca is a collection of experiences – our view of moments lived. Following years of writing content to suit other publications and directives, we felt that it was time for a fresh perspective – one that is our own.
Mary Luz Mejia (co-founder):
Mary Luz Mejia has always been enamoured with cook books, reading them for fun since an early age and learning to cook from them since she was seven. After hopping on a plane at three to cross continents to her new home in Canada and accepting a trip overseas instead of a car for her 16th birthday, it was clear that the siren call of distant lands was going to be a difficult one to ignore. A few years and 35-odd countries later, Mary Luz’s taste for travel and the culinary culture of the countries she visits, remains undiminished. After devoting almost two decades of her life to TV (from “At the Table With…” to “Street Eats”), the call of food programming once again lured her back to its comforting arms but this time in the realm of events and food festivals. She is a Gemini award-nominated TV Producer, an organizer of food and cultural festivals and an accomplished, twice NATJA award-nominated food and travel writer, editor and columnist (including Ricardo Magazine, Ensemble Vacations, Toronto Star, Toronto Life, TheLoop.ca, Foodservice & Hospitality Magazine, The Globe & Mail, Organic Gardening Magazine). She has spent hundreds of hours in professional kitchens and cooking classes around the world either filming, writing about or cooking with chefs from Peru to the Mayan Riviera. Former Saveur Magazine EIC James Oseland calls her “One of Toronto’s most passionate food journalists.” When not spinning through her virtual rolodex of famous chefs for her many endeavours, Mary Luz spends her time plotting the next trip and lending a hand to causes she’s passionate about supporting.
Mario Stojanac (co-founder):
Mario Stojanac is the co-founder of Sizzling Communications, a boutique food PR firm (along with Mary Luz), a trained lawyer and multi-linguist (four and counting). An avid oenophile and lover of exotic brandies, Mario was pulled heart first into a love for travel, something he realized at the tender age of 7 when, post-vacation, he could not stop crying because he wanted to go back to Europe. With his passport entrance stamps well into their 20’s, Mario and Mary Luz have been fortunate to visit 4 continents in the last decade, a pace unabated by the arrival of a daughter who, aged 3, is already at 7 nations visited…and counting. Together, the couple have curated culinary tours of Mexico and Italy, with Mario relaying tales of their trips to various publications and online venues. Appetype.ca is a culmination of these experiences, and our insatiable , incurable curiosity to experience it all, fully.