- BA / 88
This former CIAU All-Canadian soccer star and varsity basketball player is now a successful businesswoman, and co-host of Food Network’s popular TV series, Eat, Shrink & Be Merry. Janet is co-author (along with her sister, Greta) of the #1 national bestselling healthy cookbooks Looneyspoons, Crazy Plates, and Eat, Shrink & Be Merry. Combined sales of the three books (which were self-published along with business author David Chilton) are over 1.7 million copies.
Janet and her sister have appeared on hundreds of television and radio shows across North America, including the Today Show, CNN and Canada AM, and their “rags-to-riches” entrepreneurial story has been profiled in hundreds of major publications.
After diversifying into the food business with “Crazy Plates Meal Kits,” the pair were given the Best New Grocery Product Award at the 2002 Canadian Grand Prix New Product Awards. Podleski was voted into Canada’s “Top 40 under 40” in 2000 and is a registered holistic nutritionist.