Get to know me better
A Creative Chef with a passion for service and for creating fabulous meals with locally sourced high quality food
I am a professional chef with 20+ years experience in the catering and restaurant fields. I grew up with a Dietitian in the house, my mum and with that my first memories of home cooked meals were of colorful plates with nutritiously balanced food choices. With my ever developing love of food and passion for cooking, I decided to attend the Culinary Institute of San Diego. Upon graduation I secured a Sous Chef position with Art Bolic Catering. It was there that I found my calling; cooking for people from all walks of life, no matter the event or size of group. I feed off the creative energy that comes to me when I am in the kitchen. With a lucky turn of events, I landed back in Toronto in 1996 and started my own catering company, Jayne's Gourmet Catering. I have never looked back. I made a conscious decision early on in my growing boutique style business to honor food with integrity and the individuals or groups I was cooking for; always cooking from scratch using the highest quality of locally sourced ingredients; cooking with the seasons although sometimes challenging and knowing and caring about my clients and the food choices they make. I never wanted to lose sight of why I started my business in the first place - and I believe I have succeeded!
For me, cooking is...
For me cooking is inventive, stimulating and fun!
I learned to cook at...
I learned to cook at The Culinary Institute in San Diego
A role model in the kitchen is...
My role model in the kitchen is, without a doubt, Chef Thomas Keller, Alice Waters and Otto Lenghi
A cooking secret...
My secret in the kitchen is being patient and enjoying the creative process.
As a Private Chef, I can offer you:
I can do weddings, birthdays and corporate events in Toronto. You name it!
A longer stay in Toronto? I'm available for holidays, on a daily basis, and so forth. Just let me know!
Because "sharing is caring". I would be happy to teach you all sorts of techniques and recipes in Toronto.
Trust me as a culinary consultant to help you with your concept in Toronto.
Jayne'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 Jayne's reviews
Jayne is an exceptional chef and such a pleasant person! Her dishes were delightful and beautifully presented. We would recommend her and in the future she is definitely our go to! Thank you Chef Jayne!
Lauren Kizemchuk - Nov 29 2022
Chef Jayne is amazing! Five course meal was delicious, and the presentation excellent! And what a lovely person. Prompt and clear communication in advance and throughout for total peace of mind. Came highly prepared. Would highly recommend!
Alison Hernandez - Nov 24 2022
Jayne arrived on time and I gave her a quick tour of the kitchen and told her to use what she needed and feel free to rummage around. She was great. She made space in the fridge for her food and set to work. We were outside and in due time she presented us with our first course. Prior to the evening Jayne gave me a 4 to 5 options for each course. Every course was beautifully presented and was delicious. She even threw in a surprise course! She explained each dish and didn't rush the meal leaving us time to savour. I had asked for a coconut cream pie for dessert because it's my husbands favourite and hers did not disappoint. Mile high and rich and delicious. He was super pleased. I have never hired a private chef before and this was a great experience. Jayne was professional and fun and I would hire her again in a heartbeat.
Debra L. Friedman - Jun 22 2022
For my parents 50th wedding anniversary we arranged for Jayne to come to their home and prepare a an evening of dining for them and some friends. Jayne was amazing. She worked with me to create a menu that suited everyone's dietary needs, and also would be a personal and memorable experience for my parents. They said that from the minute she arrived they felt wonderfully taken care of. And that the food was delicious (and beautiful to boot!) Thank you Jayne!
Caitlin - May 09 2022
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