The Charmer: Said Mdahoma

Pastry Chef, Said the Pastry Nerd, Calgary

If one person encapsulates some of the good things that happened during lockdown, it might be this Calgary-based French-Comorian (It's ok, we had to look it up too€”Comoros is a tiny island off Madagascar) doctor of neuroscience who got the baking bug and transformed that nascent passion into a series of videos on Facebook, YouTube and Instagram that are as popular as they are charming. Did he use this growing audience to catapult himself into the influencer sphere? Not a chance: watching Mdahoma dig into a tray of brownies he knows aren€™t done because he can€™t help himself was refreshingly cathartic, and he's just the sort of foodie that helped us keep our collective chins up.