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Toronto’s Top Private Chefs for Small Events and At-home catering

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You’ve probably noticed or have heard over recent years, the increasing number of people hiring private chefs for their at-home gathering or intimate special event. Needless to say, there are quite a few reasons for this! Apart from providing hosts an opportunity to enjoy their own parties (a huge plus!), a private chef can also dramatically elevate your special occasion to new heights, all while providing that extra personal touch and attention to detail that many culinary enthusiasts are certain to appreciate.

With this in mind, we wanted to introduce you to some of our top picks for Toronto-based, best-in-class culinary artists who have all earned a reputation for creating mouthwatering dishes that cater to their clients’ unique tastes and preferences. Let’s dive in!

Real Roots Kitchen

Real Roots Kitchen - Private Chef

With a focus on scratch-made, seasonal culinary creations Real Roots Kitchen‘s owner Ashley Hoar prides herself on using only the freshest produce, organic when possible. As a registered Holistic Nutritionist, Ashley is highly experienced accommodating all types of food allergies and intolerances while still making the dish not only feel elevated and exciting, but also taste amazing!

Pricing starts at $75 per hour. Clients purchase the groceries and you’ll create a menu together based on the number of guests, preferences, food allergies, and so forth.

ThinkOFood Catering

ThinkOFood Catering - Private Chef

ThinkOFood Catering offers a wide array of culinary options ranging from Middle Eastern to the Mediterranean, all the way to South America. These options reflect Chef Andrey’s travels, and his natural zest for elegantly presented appetizers and gorgeous mains are always tailored to your unique vision. Combined with their attention to detail and impeccable customer service, Chef Andrey will work with you to ensure your event is an absolute success.

Pricing starts at $150 /per person for a multiple-course dinner for 4.

The Fare Food Co - Private Chefs

The Fare Food Co - Private Chefs - Private Chef

The Fare Food Co - Private Chefs‘ Chef Spencer Newlands (Alo, Pearl Morissette) and Tosh Agassiz (Canis, Bosk) are dedicated to providing unparalleled culinary experiences tailored to your unique tastes and preferences. Whether it’s an intimate dinner, wedding, or a corporate event, this dynamic duo is ready to elevate your dining experience and truly wow your guests.

Their private chef services begin with a personalized consultation, where they take the time to understand your vision for the event, dietary requirements, and any specific themes you might have in mind. From there, they curate a custom menu that perfectly aligns with your preferences, ensuring every dish reflects your vision for the occasion.

Pricing starts from $50 per person for canapés events, to $150 and above for seated dinners. 

Karbs Catering

Karbs Catering - Private Chef

You’re likely to recognize Top Chef Canada winner and finalist Josh and Erica Karbelnik of Karbs Catering. Bringing the Michelin star experience right to your own home, the husband-wife team will handle everything from start to finish, giving you a lasting memory as well as the ultimate dining experience for you and your guests.

Servicing both small, romantic date nights for 2 people up to larger-scale, sit down tasting menus, the team will work with you to accommodate your vision.  

Pricing for personalized tasting menus starts at $175 per person (plus HST and gratuity) and can range to $300+ per person depending on ingredients used and how many courses would like to be added.

Chef Luciano Schipano

Chef Luciano Schipano - Private Chef

Specializing in authentic Italian cuisine, Chef Luciano Schipano services stand out through their exceptional pentolo (pictured above), mozzarella pulling, and deliciously-unique grazing table experiences, all of which add a delightful twist to any event. The team distinguishes themselves through their emphasis on customization. They’ll work hand-in-hand with you to create a menu that caters to your individual preferences, ensuring a truly personalized and memorable dining affair.

Price starts at $120 /person.

Gianluca Ruggieri

Gianluca Ruggieri - Private Chef

Hailing originally from Rome, Italy, Gianluca Ruggieri has been in Toronto since 2019 with the sole goal of sharing the authentic, real Italian food experience with you, right in the comfort of your own home.

For those who are so inclined, Chef invites you to join him in the kitchen. You can watch how the dishes come together, ask questions, and even lend a hand. It’s all about sharing the joy of cooking and eating together, just like Italians do. You’ll feel like you’re sitting in a charming Italian trattoria, enjoying a delicious meal and soaking up the experience.

Pricing starts at $900 for dinner up to 4 people (excluding groceries and travel time).

The Transient Chef

The Transient Chef - Private Chef

Chef Zhara at The Transient Chef focuses on personalization, so they will always start with an in depth conversation with each of their clients.

In addition to private chef services, they also offer personal offer private cooking lessons, and team building options as well. 

Specific pricing was not provided, but the team indicates that they will strive to work within their clients’ budgets.

The Chef Upstairs

The Chef Upstairs - Private Chef

At The Chef Upstairs, food is only the beginning of the experience. Their professional chefs and servers are personable, fun, and creative and will turn your home into your own private restaurant, allowing you to relax throughout the course of your event – everything from prep to clean up!

The team prides themselves on their versatility, and as such, can accommodate just about any event size: enjoy an intimate meal for two, a larger gathering with your nearest and dearest, a larger-scale bash, or even an interactive cooking class in your home with one of their private chefs! Plated meals, buffet style, family style, or cocktail style, the team can handle it all.

Pricing starts at $445 plus HST and 20% gratuity for 2. Dinner for 10 starts at $1,350 plus HST and 20% gratuity.

Tasty Solutions

Tasty Solutions - Private Chef

Impress your guests with an elegant multi-course meal plated and served by Tasty Solutions. The team will work with you to curate a bespoke menu that’s perfectly tailored to create an unforgettable in-home dining experience. They’ll take care of everything from groceries to meal preparation, leaving you free to relax and enjoy time with your guests. They can even provide servers, bartenders, dinnerware, and a custom printed menu for each of your guests. 

No pricing information was provided for deadline, but they require a minimum of eight guests for bookings on Fridays and Saturdays.

Dakota's Gourmet at Home

Dakota's Gourmet at Home - Private Chef

After 27 years of running a successful restaurant, Chef Bill realized how much he loved cooking but always wanted it to be a more personal and individualized experience and thus Dakota's Gourmet at Home was born. A family-run business, the team strives to make your dinner as easy and relaxing for you as it is your guests. They’ll bring the food, the option of wine and cocktails, and by the end of the night everything will be gone. No trash, no dishes, no mess, and no exhaustion after the guests leave!  

Pricing starts at $150 per person.

Authentic Fusion Catering

Authentic Fusion Catering - Private Chef Authentic Fusion Catering - Private Chef

Ever passionate about delivering an extraordinary culinary experience, the team at Authentic Fusion Catering will work to exceed your expectations. Their mission is simple: to provide you with high-quality food and impeccable service all at an affordable price. They firmly believe that there is no compromise when it comes to quality which is they take great pride in fusing different cultures’ ingredients and techniques to create tantalizing flavors that will satisfy your palate.

From lavish weddings to intimate at-home gatherings, they have the expertise to ensure your event is a resounding success. What sets 

Pricing starts at $190 per guest plus HST with a minimum reservation of 8 guests. 

Chef Doris Fin

Chef Doris Fin - Private Chef

With more than 15 years experience under her belt, Global Holistic Chef Doris Fin serves up unforgettable flavours through her various offerings including interactive culinary classes, 5-course private dinners, and catered wellness retreats. 

Chef Doris’ places great emphasis on the source of her ingredients selecting only local, seasonal, organic, and regeneratively grown (when available). She takes the time to get to know her farmers and food providers on a personal level, and asks pointed questions in order to really get to know her food up close and personal.

You can be sure that the vibrant, healthy, and flavourful meals she serves is complemented by her quirky personality and happy-go-lucky nature, helping to ensure your private chef event is a memorable one. 

Prices start at $150/person.

Roll this way Sushi

Roll This Way Sushi - Private Chef

Roll this way Sushi offers a bespoke sushi catering experience that you will not find anywhere else. This includes the highest quality seafood available using no artificial ingredients, as well as a friendly, outgoing and engaging staff that will make your event uniquely memorable. Your personal sushi chef will design innovative, mouth-watering sushi creations right in front of your eyes! From backyard bashes to birthdays bonanzas, to wonderful weddings, their skilled sushi chefs will come to your home, office or event venue fully equipped with a mobile sushi bar buffet, stocked with all the accouterments.

Pricing starts at $1000 + HST

Chef & Somm

Chef & Somm - Private Chef

As the name suggests, Chef & Somm is comprised of one Chef and one Sommelier. As such, they provide a very tailored, exclusive, and consistent approach to their clientele ranging from 2-person romantic dinners to corporate gatherings and family celebrations.

With 9 years experience and a solid 5-star Google rating, the experience includes a custom-tailored menu, a food consultation, a table-side discussion of each course, and of course, exquisite cuisine. 

Pricing for a 5-7 course dinner ranges from $175 to $235 per person.

Go for Hibachi

Go For Hibachi - Private Chef

Go for Hibachi is a very unique Japanese cuisine experience. Their concept? Anywhere within the GTA, they’ll travel to you and set up their mobile teppanyaki grill right in your home or choice of venue. They bring the very best fresh and superior quality ingredients and cook it with a full hibachi show, helping to ensure that any occasion you throw is a memorable one! They’ll also take care of all the cleaning as well – all while you sit back, relax, and enjoy.

Chef On The Go Catering & Event Services

Chef On The Go - Private Chef

Chef On The Go Catering & Event Services focuses on bringing a 5-star restaurant experience right to your home. With over 40 years of experience, and their Le Cordon Bleu trained Executive Chef Rodney Kaufman, they have all the tools to make an in-home catering event meet and exceed your every expectation.

From elegantly plated meals, tasting menus, to intimate cocktail parties, they curate a culinary experience specifically to their client’s requests, dietary restrictions, and preferences.

They use the finest and freshest of ingredients brought in specifically per the menu they produce. They utilize as many locally sourced products to bring a level of freshness their customers have come to expect.

Onyx Catering

Onyx Catering - Private Chef

Onyx Catering provides customized menus to suit you, your family, and guests’ preferences and dietary requirements. They can bring all the ingredients right to you or you can order them yourself. Their chefs are always friendly, discreet, and ready to accommodate!

Their private chef service provides a remarkable culinary journey that combines gourmet cuisine, exceptional service, and a touch of luxury. They cater to those who seek an extraordinary dining experience, where every aspect of the meal reflects the highest standards of quality, innovation, and indulgence.

No pricing information was provided for deadline.

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