Kary Lyndsey Osmond (born October 18, 1979 in Mississauga, Ontario) is a Canadian-based celebrity cook. Kary became a household name in 2009 when she was selected as the host of CBC’s daytime cooking show, Best Recipes Ever. As the inaugural host, Kary shared tips and tricks with viewers to help them gain confidence in the kitchen and teach novices how to cook. Kary quickly led Best Recipes Ever to earn the top spot as Canada’s number one daytime cooking show.
After season four, Kary decided to move on to other projects and focus on building her personal brand, which is built on teaching people how to cook. Her website, www.karyosmond.com, offers her audience daily tips, tricks and recipes to get people cooking with ease.
Kary embarked on a new project in March of 2013, where she developed a back-to-basics campaign for the Ontario Produce Marketing Association called Produce Made Simple www.producemadesimple.ca. This campaign teaches people, through the website and webisodes, how to pick, store and prepare produce. It will also feature original recipes from Kary.
Growing up in a family that loves to cook and eat, Kary caught the culinary bug early on and was her mother’s little helper in their family-owned Eastern European Deli. The family moved on to their next culinary venture and opened a successful catering company. Operating out of their home’s basement, Kary would never be far from the action and always loved helping to roll meatballs, cut bread and even wrap the veggie and fruit platters.
Kary’s first official cooking class was in Grade seven where she conquered her first recipe – Spaghetti a la Carbonara – in her Home Economics class. She then started collecting cookbooks with her first being a gift from her mom (Just for Kids Cookbook).
Not only did Kary have a passion for cooking at a young age, but she also skated competitively and enjoyed traveling – spending many summers visiting family in British Columbia, Canada.
Kary is a self-taught cook with some chef school training. She studied food theory to better understand the “whys” of cooking but most of her culinary knowledge was gleaned from her family and tirelessly studying cookbooks. Then putting into practice what she had learned. From the age of 20, she knew she wanted to have a cooking show so that she could teach everyone how easy it is to cook. At 30, her dream was finally realized when CBC called her in to audition for their brand new show – Best Recipes Ever.