Paula Navarrete, 2023 Culinary Creator

2023 Brunch Partners

Harry McMurtry

A passion for raising funds for Parkinson’s research

Porridge for Parkinson’s Toronto is indebted to the dedicated chefs and suppliers who contribute time and resources to making each year a success. Many chefs have been with us since the early days, and all share in our passion for raising funds for Parkinson’s research.

CHEFS

Jamie Kennedy
Chef Sponsor: MAV Foundation

Joanne Yolles
Chef Sponsor: Jenny Ginder and John Todd

Donna Dooher, Mildred’s Temple Kitchen
Chef Sponsor: Sharon and Ron Baruch, Paradise Developments

Sandra Katsiou, Baker & Scone

Kata Ambrus, Chocolat de Kat

Sam Davis, Primrose Bagels

Yoni Kamil, Lev Bakery

Phillip Walters

Adrian Niman & Lindsay Klein, The Food Dudes
Chef Sponsor: LSD The Agency

Toben Kochman, Toben Food by Design

Patti Robinson, Robinson Bread

Paula Navarrete
Chef Sponsor: Deb Voorheis

Akshitha Goud & Maria Polotan, Cookin

Anthony Rose
Chef Sponsor: Barb Cerny + Anonymous

PROVISIONS

Anthony Green, Hana James, and Emma Knight, Greenhouse Juice

Shelby Kroach, The Honest Leaf

Rosie Jeffares-Levitt, Quince Flowers

Peter & Chris Neal, Crank Coffee Co.

SERVICE PARTNERS

Brian Summers, Summers Pictures

The Printing House

The Printing & Promotion Group

Chefs

Jamie Kennedy, CM

Jamie Kennedy, CM

Jamie Kennedy Kitchens

Porridge for Parkinson's 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019, 2021, 2022, 2023

Chef Jamie Kennedy has been instrumental in shaping the culinary landscape in Canada. His innovative approach to gastronomy, commitment to sustainable agriculture and advocacy of local food have been unwavering. He is the owner of Jamie Kennedy Kitchens and the author of J.K. The Jamie Kennedy Cookbook.

Instagram: @chefjamiekennedy

Chef Sponsor: MAV Foundation
Joanne Yolles

Joanne Yolles

Pastry Chef, Instructor, Recipe Developer

Porridge for Parkinson's 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019, 2021, 2022, 2023

Formerly a celebrated pastry chef at Scaramouche and other notable Toronto restaurants, Joanne was an instructor at George Brown College for 10 years and is now developing recipes and teaching classes in her home. She has been involved with planning Porridge for Parkinson's events since 2007.

Instagram: @joanneyolles

Chef Sponsor: Jenny Ginder and John Todd
Donna Dooher

Donna Dooher

Mildred’s Temple Kitchen

Porridge for Parkinson's 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019, 2022, 2023

With more than 30 years of professional experience in food service, Donna Dooher has made her mark on Canada’s culinary world as a celebrated chef, caterer, TV personality, cookbook author and restaurateur. Mildred's Temple Kitchen is located at 85 Hanna Avenue in Liberty Village.

Instagram: @mildredstemplekitchen

Chef Sponsor: Sharon and Ron Baruch, Paradise Developments
Sandra Katsiou

Sandra Katsiou

Baker and Scone

Porridge for Parkinson's 2017, 2019, 2021, 2023

Sandra Katsiou is best known for her deliciously sweet and savoury scones which are offered in over 40 traditional and innovative flavour combinations at her very popular Baker and Scone St. Clair West bakeshop.

Instagram: @bakerandscone

Kata Ambrus

Kata Ambrus

Chocolat de Kat

Porridge for Parkinson's 2021, 2022, 2023

Kata Ambrus trained at the Classic French Pastry Arts program at the International Culinary Centre in NYC. By then, Kata had amassed plenty of experience eating chocolate, so she decided to challenge herself with making it. She quickly fell down the rabbit hole of beautiful, shiny, creative deliciousness, and dreamed into existence her very own brand of exquisite bonbon –Chocolat de Kat.

Instagram: @chocolatdekat

Sam Davis

Sam Davis

Primrose Bagel Co.

Porridge for Parkinson's 2021, 2023

With its rotating selection of hand-rolled, malt-boiled and baked-fresh-daily bagels, Sam Davis’ Primrose Bagel has become a Toronto hotspot. In addition to bagels, the shop also has a deli counter complete with a variety of bagel toppings – everything from flavoured cream cheese, house-smoked trout, home-made gravlax, and a variety of delicious salads.

Instagram: @primrosebagel

Yoni Kamil

Yoni Kamil

Lev Bakery

Porridge for Parkinson's 2021, 2023

Lev means “heart” in Hebrew and with five generations of bakers in his family, it’s no wonder that Yoni Kamil now has his own baking company. With modern takes on tradition, Lev Bakery offerings include delicious challahs and babkas based on the recipes from Yoni’s youth. Yoni and his wife Samantha started the company from their home oven, and Lev items can now be found in several retail outlets in and around Toronto.

Instagram: @levbakery

Phillip Walters

Phillip Walters

Private Chef and Food Stylist

Porridge for Parkinson's 2023

Phillip Walters is a culinary multi-hyphenate; a former head chef, current Private Chef, food stylist, and catering chef in boutique, private catered events. He specializes in both traditional and progressive cooking techniques. His events are customized from top to bottom to serve the needs of his individual clients. Phil trained at Canada's finest restaurants, including, Scaramouche, The Harbord Room, Momofuku, Buca, The Food Dudes and Joey.

Instagram: @chefwalty

Adrian Niman and Lindsay Klein

Adrian Niman and Lindsay Klein

The Food Dudes

Porridge for Parkinson's 2023

Executive Chef Adrian Niman founded The Food Dudes in 2007 and partnered with Chief Executive Officer Lindsay Klein in 2011. The pair built a world-class team of passionate professionals and quickly distinguished themselves as industry leaders. The Food Dudes consistently raise the bar by anticipating and fulfilling the dynamic needs of the modern metropolitan client—a desire for fresh and local ingredients, sophisticated original fare, and flexible budgeting plans—all while providing a memorable culinary experience.

Instagram: @fooddudes

Chef Sponsor: LSD The Agency
Toben Kochman

Toben Kochman

Toben Food By Design

Porridge for Parkinson’s 2023

Chef Toben began his study at the Cordon Blue School of Culinary Arts in Paris where he was awarded Le Grande Diplome for excellence. Following, he apprenticed for Daniel Boulud before breaking into the Toronto food scene at Auberge du Pommier and Susur. With a passion for food and an art for perfection, it was not long after that Toben ventured off and Toben Food By Design was formed.

Instagram: @tobenfoodbydesign

Patti Robinson

Patti Robinson

Robinson Bread

Porridge for Parkinson's 2023

Robinson Bread produces and sells handmade bread and pastries at 6 Brock Ave, Toronto (shared with local coffee roaster Sam James Coffee Bar). Renowned for sourdough loaves—seeded multi-grains, rye, spelt—corn focaccia, savoury and sweet seasonal danishes, cookies and other inspired treats. All grains are organic—whole grains are local and white wheat comes from Manitoba.

Instagram: @robinsonbread

Paula Navarrete

Paula Navarrete

Culinary creator

Porridge for Parkinson's 2023

Paula Navarrete is an award-winning chef, artist, and entrepreneur. Paula is a food lover through and true. She is a big believer that the stories behind food and hospitality not only educate but bring people together.

Instagram: @paula.navarretemejia

Chef Sponsor: Deb Voorheis
Akshitha Goud and Maria Polotan

Akshitha Goud and Maria Polotan

Cookin

Porridge for Parkinson's 2023

Akshitha Gould and Maria Polotan are featured chefs who offer home cooking via the Cookin app, the brainchild of Morley Ivers and Michael Baruch, who developed Cookin as a homemade food delivery marketplace for emerging and established cooks and chefs.

Instagram: @cookin

Anthony Rose

Anthony Rose

Executive Chef Founder

Porridge for Parkinson's 2023

As Wilder & Rose, Anthony Rose and Robert Wilder operate some of the city’s buzziest restaurants, including Fat Pasha, Big Crow and Schmaltz Appetizing. Chef Rose honed his skills in some of the top kitchens in San Francisco and New York and was head chef at the Drake before opening up his first restaurant, Rose & Sons, on Dupont. Wilder & Rose currently consists of three restaurants; Fat Pasha, Fet Zun Camp, and Schmaltz. Anthony’s cookbook, written with Chris Johns, is The Last Schmaltz: A Very Serious Cookbook. 

Instagram: @chefanthonyrose

Chef Sponsor: Barb Cerny + Anonymous

Provisions

Anthony Green, Hana James, Emma Knight

Anthony Green, Hana James, Emma Knight

Greenhouse Juice

Porridge for Parkinson's 2019, 2023

Co-founders Anthony Green (CEO), Hana James (Director, Community) and Emma Knight (Director, Brand & Marketing, started making and selling cold-pressed juice out of a small Vancouver shop in January 2014. Since then Greenhouse Juice has grown into several shops and is available through many retailers.

Instagram @greenhouse

Shelby Kroach

Shelby Kroach

The Honest Leaf

Porridge for Parkinson's 2023

The Honest Leaf is a line of loose-leaf wellness teas created by registered nutritionist Shelby Kroach to provide our community with authentic blends that help to nourish and support a healthy mind and body. Each blend is carefully formulated with the finest all-natural and organic herbs, spices and tea leaves. The Honest Leaf believes in providing authentic flavours to our customers and therefore does not add artificial ingredients to their blends. The Honest Leaf is all about simplicity, transparency and honesty.

Instagram: @thehonestleaf

Rosie Jeffares-Levitt

Rosie Jeffares-Levitt

Quince Flowers

Porridge for Parkinson's 2021, 2023

Rosie Jeffares-Levitt's love for flowers and plants led to her launching Quince Flowers in 1997 in Toronto's West End. She has had boutiques within UpCountry, Dufflet Pastries, and McEwan Fine Foods. Quince is now located in Toronto’s Riverside district, its flagship location for over 10 years. As an established florist with decades of experience, Rosie loves the challenge of translating her client’s vision into flowers.

Instagram @quinceflowers

Peter and Chris Neal

Peter and Chris Neal

Crank Coffee Co.

Porridge for Parkinson's 2023

Crank® Coffee Co. is Neal Brothers Inc.’s (Peter + Chris Neal) superior bean—carefully curated and roasted by coffee lovers and experts. Crank® Coffee Co. has partnered with a roaster who boasts world-class tasters and producers and is organic and Fairtrade.

Instagram: @crankcoffee_

Service Partners

Brian Summers

Brian Summers

Summers Pictures

Porridge for Parkinson's 2019, 2023

Brian approaches each project with professionalism and enthusiasm, gathering as much information from the client before the shoot as possible in order to ensure great results every time. Each Summers Pictures project is unique and has its own challenges, and being able to offer solutions in a productive and creative way makes all the difference in the end results.

Instagram: @summerspictures

The Printing House

The Printing House

Porridge for Parkinson's annually 2009–2023

The Printing House is a Canadian-owned family business proudly servicing Canadians for over 60 years. They’ve been named North America’s most forest-friendly printer and one of Canada’s Greenest Employers.

Instagram: @tphcanada

The Printing & Promotion Group

The Printing & Promotion Group

Porridge for Parkinson's 2022, 2023

PPG Advertising is a skilled and experienced design, marketing & print company based in Vaughan, Ontario. Services include professional advertising and print solutions – from design development to printed collateral.