Volunteer Chefs

A passion for raising funds for Parkinson’s research

Porridge for Parkinson’s Toronto is indebted to the incredible chefs who generously donate their time and delicious food to make our events a success. Many of the chefs have been with us since the early days and all share in our passion for raising funds for Parkinson’s research. Thank you.

Jamie Kennedy, CM

Jamie Kennedy, CM

Jamie Kennedy Kitchens

Porridge for Parkinson’s 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019, 2021

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 author of J.K. The Jamie Kennedy Cookbook.

Instagram: @chefjamiekennedy

Joanne Yolles

Joanne Yolles

Pastry Chef, Instructor, Recipe Developer

Porridge for Parkinson’s 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019, 2021

Formerly a celebrated pastry chef at Scaramouche and other notable Toronto restaurants, Joanne is an instructor at George Brown College and recipe developer. She has been involved with planning Porridge for Parkinson’s events since 2009.

Instagram @joanneyolles

Donna Dooher

Donna Dooher

Mildred’s Temple Kitchen

Porridge for Parkinson’s 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019

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

Jen Cerny

Jen Cerny

Take it Away

Porridge for Parkinson’s 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019, 2021

After 20 years working in finance, Jen decided to study pastry and baking arts – when she saw the rack of rolling pins, she knew she was in the right place. In addition to donating her culinary talent to Porridge for Parkinson’s events, Jen has been a committee member since 2013 and co-chair since 2017. She is currently starting up Take it Away, exquisite food you take away!

Instagram: @takeitaway.jen

Noni Castonguay

Noni Castonguay

Chef

Porridge for Parkinson’s 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019

Noni and Jen Cerny were partners in Stircrazy, one of Toronto’s premier caterers  for 14 years. Noni has donated her talents to many Porridge for Parkinson’s events.

Instagram @nonicastonguay

Sandra Katsiou

Sandra Katsiou

Baker and Scone

Porridge for Parkinson’s 2017, 2019, 2021

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

Derek Bendig

Derek Bendig

The Josie Hotel

Porridge for Parkinson’s 2011, 2013, 2015

Executive Sous Chef, Derek Bendig, is skilled in catering, food and beverage, hospitality management, hotel management, and menu development. Formerly the executive sous chef at Fairmont Chateau Whistler, Derek is now leading the team at the Josie Hotel in Rossland, BC.

Instagram: @derekbendig

Joshna Maharaj

Joshna Maharaj

Chef. Speaker. Activist.

Porridge for Parkinson’s 2019

Joshna Maharaj is known for her talent and innovative food philosophies, she was most recently the Executive Chef for the Gladstone Hotel.

Instagram @joshnamaharaj

John Horne

John Horne

Porridge for Parkinson’s 2019

Jonathan Goodyear

Jonathan Goodyear

Porridge for Parkinson’s 2019

David Wolfman

David Wolfman

Porridge for Parkinson’s 2017

Martin Kouprie

Martin Kouprie

Porridge for Parkinson’s 2011

Greenhouse Juice

Greenhouse Juice

Porridge for Parkinson’s 2019

Tito’s Vodka

Tito’s Vodka

Porridge for Parkinson’s 2019