The Friendly Chef Adventures Inc. was formally incorporated in 2012 after a 20 year culmination of exciting events! Owner, Chef Pam Fanjoy began her culinary career working as a teenage Server in a restaurant in Barrie Ontario. Her ease and commitment to providing outstanding service was immediately apparent. Within a few years, she continued with restaurant service in Waterloo, Ontario after moving to attend Wilfrid Laurier University for History and Psychology.
Chef Pam’s innovative and community based grassroots perspective of farm to table meals being accessible to everyone regardless of family income, lead her into an innovative position with the Waterloo Regional Food Bank in 1990. She was commissioned to bring the concept of Community Gardens and Collective Kitchens, which had begun in BC, to the Waterloo Region. Inviting corporate sponsorship and support, Pam worked for three years with new immigrants and others who were using the food bank, teaching them how to grow their own organic vegetables, can and preserve their harvest for winter sustenance, and providing cooking classes focused on healthy ingredients and community connections.
At the same time, Chef Pam was also becoming involved in the tourist and travel industry as tour escort for Travel Ventures Inc., specializing in senior citizen bus tours across North America. Her adventurous nature and natural ability to facilitate group had her immediately hooked on travel, which has become a passion of hers that has taken her on culinary adventures to over 15 countries during the past ten years. Combining her love for cooking and travel was simply a natural transition!
By 2002, Pam’s early experiences and commitment to the Food Bank lead her to pursue a career as a Clinical Social Worker in the Greater Toronto Area, where she continued working with families in need. By 2007, Chef Pam began taking Culinary classes at George Brown College in Continuing Education for personal interests and immediately her passion for cooking was ignited. Chef Pam also began travelling extensively to learn more about culinary cultures around the world. She has a keen interest in Latin ingredients, traditional French techniques and the fresh simplicity of Italian cooking. She has had the opportunity to studying alongside some amazing chefs in Italy, Peru, Colombia, Mexico, Argentina, the Carribean. During the summer of 2013, Pam was fortunate to study with a Spanish, classically French trained Chef, Chef Santiago in Figeac, France. Upon her return to Canada, she opened her retail kitchen store and 14 seat restaurant in Erin, Ontario where she also provides full service catering for rural weddings and special events.
Her work with children, youth and families continues to be well known in both the GTA and also in our own community as she continues to operate her Private Clinical Practice in Etobicoke while pursuing her passion for Culinary Arts.