Work with Puneeta

A trusted voice for good-for-us, good-for-the-planet cooking, Indian and Canadian culture, and accessible, abundant living.

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Puneeta Chhitwal-Varma is an on-air media expert, better food advocate and mother of two who lives in Toronto. She 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.

Puneeta is on a mission to help a million people change how they cook and eat, and regain their power in the kitchen. Her debut cookbook, Good Food, Healthy Planet is helping people make low-waste, climate-conscious and totally delicious choices in the kitchen and at home.

Puneeta is the founder of the popular food and culture blog Maple and Marigold. Puneeta believes that sustainability is far easier than we have been led to believe and that eating good food can be uncomplicated and accessible.

Puneeta has appeared on prominent media including CTV’s The Social, CBC Radio Breakfast Television, CHCH, Global News, CBC, and Martha Stewart, among many others. She lives in Toronto with her husband, two kids, and their cat.

Her blog, Maple and Marigold started in 2016 as a love letter. Maple represents Canada, and marigold refers to her roots in India. Through her writing, workshops, videos and other work, Puneeta has built a popular and loyal community that is moving people towards delicious, good-for-you, good-for-the-planet habits.

You can often find Puneeta writing away at her local coffee shop. She’s easy to spot; her laptop has a big sticker on it that says, “There is no Planet B.”

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

People who cook with me say...

I absolutely love this hour of cooking. The professional approach and presentation of the teaching is superb. Engaging, fun & excellent for anyone. Every step, ingredient, spice, how to reduce waste, how to use items from your pantry etc. is all explained in great detail.

At the end of the session you leave with not only your master dish, but with more knowledge about making sustainable changes and better food choices. I highly recommend this club.

Geeta G.
Millennial Lifestyle

I am really enjoying the Sunday Cooking Club with Puneeta at Maple and Marigold. She makes it so easy to follow along and make these fantastic foods with minimal effort.

Bonus.. these foods are also mood enhancers. The whole class is a mood enhancer. I was afraid of cooking with sweet potatoes and voila.. the cook along helped me get over my irrational fears and I created something delicious.

Priyanka S.

The Sunday Cooking Club with Puneeta was such a joy to attend. It felt amazing to prep some healthy and delicious food for the week and to use flavours and ingredients that are out of my usual rotation.

Puneeta is a wealth of information and an absolute joy. I love her approach to making cooking easy but still yummy!

Sara S.

I just adored your Sunday cooking class. You have a real talent for keeping things interesting in the kitchen! The daal came out delicious and I am so pleased with my leftovers for dinner this evening.

I felt energized by the grounding exercise at the start of the class and extremely proud of myself for the meal I created with what I had in my kitchen!

Jennifer S.


"I first met Puneeta on our Morning Live set in 2019, and she's taught me so much since then!

From her, I've learned to use every last bit of produce in my fridge, and how to make those fruits and veggies last longer. I save money with her advice to 'shop my pantry' and 'shop my fridge' (especially helpful during pandemic lockdowns).

Puneeta, my lovely friend, you have no idea how many times I think of you — and what you'd do — in my kitchen."

– Annette Hamm, Morning Live, CHCH

Past collaborations

Over years of writing, research and media appearances, Puneeta Chhitwal-Varma has become a trusted voice for good-for-us, good-for-the-planet food, sustainable living, Indian and Canadian culture, and accessible, inclusive living. She collaborates on select campaigns with brands that share her values.

Here are some examples of how Puneeta has collaborated in the past:

  • Cooking Workshops — in-person or virtual
  • Speaking engagements on science-based, good-for-us, good-for-the-planet food.
  • Cooking videos and live demos
  • Farm and behind-scenes tours
  • TV & radio segments
  • Sponsored content on Maple + Marigold
  • Product inclusion in workshops and classes

Press and Media Recordings

Puneeta has deep media experience, as a writer and public speaker, and later as a published author. Her debut cookbook, Good Food, Healthy Planet - Your Kitchen Companion to Simple, Practical, Sustainable Cooking has neen featured extensively on TV, Radio and Canada-wide newspapers This list of media appearances is not exhaustive. Please reach out if you would like to see her highlights reel and her most recent TV appearances.

Please see this page for Press and Features related to her book, Good Food, Healthy Planet.

Evening News
Everyday Real Food
Creative Ways to Reduce Food Waste
Sustainable Living
Good Mood Cooking
Balancing Cultures, between India and Canada
Good Food, Healthy Planet book

New cookbook to help people choose low-waste, good-for-us food.

Good Food, Healthy Planet

Your Kitchen Companion to Simple, Practical, Sustainable Cooking  

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