Get to know me better
I'm a Jamaican chef who loves to create dishes with fresh, bold flavours. I draw inspiration from Jamaica, the Mediterranean, and Canada's west coast.
Chef Danya Smith grew up in Kingston, Jamaica in a home where the three main ingredients were family, friends and good food. Blessed to have parents who loved to travel (and took her with them!), Danya was exposed to a world of flavours at an early age. While her friends watched cartoons, Danya focused on the Food Network. Her cooking skills blossomed in her Grandma Lulu’s kitchen, starting with Saturday soup and Sunday brunch. By the time she was 10 she was making coquilles saint jacques and phyllo-wrapped chèvre for family dinners.
Danya moved to the BC coast in 2011 and, despite a valiant effort to follow her dad in a science career, could not resist her culinary calling. She was formally trained in Calgary, Alberta and was inspired to start her own business after an internship with one of Canada’s most recognized female chefs. After graduating at the top of her class she spent an exciting year working in and tasting her way around Europe. She returned to the coast - this time to Salt Spring Island - because of the abundance of year-round fresh ingredients and to savour the island lifestyle once more (cooler climate notwithstanding).
Danya is the chef and owner of Lulu’s Apron. Bold flavours, beautiful colours, and new taste sensations are her passion.
For me, cooking is...
My passion and my love language.
I learned to cook at...
I've been cooking since I was 8 years old. But I trained at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, where I graduated with honours.
A role model in the kitchen is...
definitely Massimo Bottura.
A cooking secret...
Always cook with passion, and always use the best ingredients.
As a Private Chef, I can offer you:
Simply tell me what you're craving! I would love to create the perfect menu for your special occasion in Victoria.
I can do weddings, birthdays and corporate events in Victoria. You name it!
Because "sharing is caring". I would be happy to teach you all sorts of techniques and recipes in Victoria.
Trust me as a culinary consultant to help you with your concept in Victoria.
Danya's Food Gallery
We all eat with our eyes first! Below you can find a little demonstration of what I can bring to your table.
Chef Danya's reviews
Danya was absolutely incredible. I couldn’t have asked for anyone better. Her food and everything about her was more than I could have ever expected and imagined.
Kaitlyn Sahay - Jul 22 2021
Book your experience with Chef Danya
Specify the details of your requests and the chef will send you a custom menu just for you.