Get to know me better
Food Explorer, I love experimenting and creating powerful flavors!
I am a food enthusiast with 3+ years of experience in managing restaurant kitchens. I grew up with great love and appreciation for quality food - thanks to my mother who is an amazing cook! I cooked alongside her since I was nine years old and by the time I finished high school, I knew my life was going to revolve greatly around food.
My idea of food is a soul soothing plate that is packed with flavor, variety and nourishment. The best kind of food, I think, is the one that makes you feel good after eating it. I believe that quality food makes the mind content and heart happy while of course allowing an explosion of flavor and color to entice your senses.
I studied hotel management in India and proceeded to complete my culinary education at the Culinary Institute of America in NY, USA. I worked at the Marriott Hotel as a Sous Chef before moving back to India briefly - where I worked at Boteco, which is a Brazilian restaurant in Mumbai. I moved to Toronto in 2018 and worked at one of Queen West's busiest brunch restaurants - Early Bird Coffee and Kitchen. After this, I have worked in the produce supply chain and in administration. I also am a tour guide and I lead food tours in downtown Toronto for Eating Through TO. My favorite part about guiding these tours is getting to show people new places and watch them experience food that they have not tried before. Seeing their reactions and hearing their opinions and stories is such an educating experience for me!
For me, cooking is...
...the best form of relaxation! And the first step to an amazing meal!
I learned to cook at...
... the Culinary Institute of America, but I learned what food actually is AT HOME!
A role model in the kitchen is...
First and foremost - my mother! After that, my teachers at cooking school.
A cooking secret...
A little bit of spice makes everything nice!
As a Private Chef, I can offer you:
Because "sharing is caring". I would be happy to teach you all sorts of techniques and recipes in Toronto.
Interactive or demonstrative, I can provide showcooking services all around Toronto.
Sakina'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.
Book your experience with Chef Sakina
Specify the details of your requests and the chef will send you a custom menu just for you.