Valerie S

Creative & Experienced Private/Personal Chef

Toronto, Ontario
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Chef in Toronto, Ontario

As far back as I can remember, Ive had a strong interest in cooking and food. Cooking is a subject of passion for me, something that I find fulfilling and very rewarding. Over the years, Ive gained a knowledge of food through theory and practice, and developed an insatiable appetite to always keep growing.
After graduating from the Ontario College of Art&Design in Toronto, I worked as a copywriter at an award-winning Toronto advertising agency.
My strong desire to cook professionally however, was unrelenting.
I decided to follow my lifelong passion and went back to school, this time majoring in the culinary arts at George Brown College. After earning my Culinary Management Diploma, I also decided to enroll in the Italian Culinary Arts Post-Diploma program, which granted me the opportunity to work in Italy. For three months, I cooked in a fine dining establishment in Bilegno, Italy. There, I not only learned about local ingredients and the intricacies of pasta-making: I learned about the value of culinary traditions and the true meaning of passione. My experience in Italy has certainly proved invaluable to me as a cook.
During and after the completion of my culinary school training, I have worked in various fine dining restaurants in Toronto and was the Resident Chef at The Bonnie Stern School of Cooking. Currently, I have my own personal chef & catering company, providing culinary services in private residences. Tailoring menus to the needs and specific dietary requirements of each client, I have created healthy and wholesome meals for their enjoyment. Variety, flavour and cooking from scratch are of the utmost importance whenever I create a dish. I am also experienced in many types of cuisines (Asian, Italian, French, Continental, Indian, etc.) and cooking within the parameters of various food restrictions and allergies (gluten-free, dairy-free).


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