About Puneeta

Author, Speaker, Food Advocate

Puneeta Chhitwal-Varma is an author, educator, speaker, better food advocate, and mom living in Toronto, Canada.

Puneeta believes the heart of the home beats in the kitchen, and that food is more than just fuel. She appears regularly on TV as a good food and sustainability expert.

She is on a mission to help a million people change how they cook and eat, and regain their power in the kitchen. She and her food have appeared on numerous prominent national and international media including CTV’s The Social, CHCH Morning Live, Global News, CBC Radio, BBC World News, CBC Life, and Martha Stewart.

Her blog, Maple and Marigold started in 2016 as a love letter. Maple represents Canada, and marigold refers to her roots in India. Through media appearances, workshops, cooking demos, and food writing, Puneeta has built a platform of 32,000 loyal followers on a journey towards delicious, good-for-you, good-for-the-planet habits.

She holds a Masters Degree in Tourism and Marketing from India.

Puneeta loves using turmeric for its anti-inflammatory properties and so the most unexpected dish on her table (golden mashed potatoes, anyone?) may be the signature yellow colour.

She never leaves home without her reusable coffee cup. She has one stashed away in her purse and the car. There’s even a foldable one that her kids gave her for Mother’s Day last year that’s hiding out in her laptop bag.

Puneeta loves walking outdoors and exploring the diverse neighbourhoods of Toronto, but there was a time when she lived on the rapids and dreamed of being a white water rafting guide.

Puneeta Chhitwal-Varma<br/><small>Photo by Tanvi Madkaiker</small>
Puneeta Chhitwal-Varma
Photo by Tanvi Madkaiker

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