Lisa Huston is originally from Edmonton, has worked at a mall, been an esthetician and is now bringing hope to others with food broadcasts.
Since the end of March, the Stony Plain resident has been streaming once a day and sometimes more on Facebook to show off her culinary creations to a public that, globally and locally, is now looking for content more than they ever have before. Through her What’s Mamma Lisa Cookinggroup on the site, she has highlighted French onion soup, fast food recreations and even cooked foreign foods while in costume.
“I had a ‘Wacky Wednesday’ where I put on a hula outfit and did the hula,” Huston said. “When the pandemic started I did a couple of lives as a way to connect people and did not think I would continue, but so many people have reached out to me that I decided to keep going.”
Her group now has more than 200 members from across the world. They flip through her videos and photos, discuss their own attempts to replicate her work and, while apart, have formed a community across the online space all while not being together in one room. Huston keeps her footage under 10 minutes usually and concedes that, while she is happy, what she does could be better for the general public.
“To be honest I do not think the videoing has been great,” she added. “I have gotten some equipment that will make it better for me to film and am just doing the best I can right now. I think that if one person is impacted by all of this, I do believe I have done my job though.”
She intends to continue on and hopes that, through food, her fans, family and friends feel hope that they may be missing.
“Because I feel like I am touching so many people and inspiring them to cook, there will be more,” Huston said.