OUR PARTNERS

Welcome to our Partners page! Rooks to Cooks has established various partnerships with local businesses, camps and suppliers. We strive to build relationships with like-minded organizations in an effort to promote our values and share our vision within our community! We invite you to check out our partners by clicking on their logos below.

Kailee Mandel Photography Inc.

Interested in becoming a Rooks to Cooks Partner? Contact us today for more information!

CHEF AMBASSADORS

Ryan Hinkson
@ryhanks

Curator of the Instagram account @EatFamous. As one of Canada’s most popular food Influencers, Ryan’s wildly popular account has amassed over a quarter of a million followers (271,000 to be exact).

  • Nominated for a 2018 Notable Award (Notable Food Influencer of the Year).
  • Created the #EatFamous hashtag which has been used over 3 million times on Instagram.
  • Created content for and acted as a partner/ambassador for brands such as Frank + Hershey Canada, American Express, Google, McDonald’s and the Toronto Raptors
  • Co-Creator of Holy Chuck’s ‘EatFamous Burger’ a viral sensation that has been viewed/shared on Facebook over 15 million times and has been featured on various news sources globally, including Japan, the United States and the UK
  • Hosted Contiki’s European Munch Food Tour. And lead a group of hungry tourist through France, Italy and Spain.
  • Listed as 1 of the Top 10 Food Instagrammers in Canada by On Q Communications. I was also listed as 1 of 10 Toronto Lifestyle Bloggers Worth following by @Cisionca.

Matt Basile is the creator of the Fidel Gastro’s street food company. In 7 years they’ve gone from underground sandwich popup to internationally recognized food brand. With a growing business of food trucks, a restaurant, festival booths and a massive catering division, Matt is always trying to be different in an industry steeped in tradition. Matt is the author of the Canadian Bestselling, Street Food Diaries and in September 2018 launched his second cook book “Brunch Life”. He has also hosted two seasons of his internationally sold television show “Rebel Without A Kitchen” which now appears on Netflix in Canada, USA, South Africa, Europe and UK, India and Australia.  

Matt currently collaborates with brands and food personalities on his popular YouTube channel and participates on numerous advisory board speakers sessions. Matt most recently helped launch June’s eatery, the world’s first popup restaurant where the chefs were all HIV+ in an effort to smash HIV/ AIDS related stigmas. The project received global praise within the health community and news coverage.

 

Chef Matt Basile
@fidelgastros

Chef Devan Rajkumar
@chefdevan

Chef Devan Rajkumar’s relentless passion and ambition to become one of the best in the food service industry is rooted in his time spent as a young boy in a tiny apartment kitchen with his Guyanese grandmother. Her dedication and enthusiasm for food was instilled in Chef Devan and so began his quest for life-changing flavour profiles.  Guyanese cuisine is often cooked over an open fire and Devan developed an appreciation for open fire cooking travelling back and forth from Canada to Guyana throughout his life.Before his formal training at Toronto’s George Brown College for Honours Culinary Management, Chef Devan honed his skills under celebrated local Chef Adrian Niman of the Food Dudes catering company during a time of explosive growth. After several years of high-end catering, Chef Devan parlayed his position as Sous Chef with the Food Dudes into an Executive Chef role at Luxe Appliance Studio, a multi-million dollar showcase kitchen for his favourite brands Bosch, Thermador and Gaggenau.  Between 2012 and 2014, Chef Devan found his flair for live culinary demonstrations and entertained thousands of guests. Someone took to his liking and in 2014, Chef Dev became a regular guest on Cityline, one of Canada’s longest running daytime shows, and found his love of the spotlight. His onscreen presence and charm ensure he is a regularly returning guest to this day, but he did not stop there. Chef Devan leveraged this local recognition to start his own catering company, ChefDev, in 2015 where he focuses on highly curated in-home dining experiences. Hungry for more knowledge, he also joined Chef Matt Blondin (Momofuku, Acadia, Colbourne Lane, Blondie’s) as he opened Omaw on Toronto’s up-and-coming Ossington Ave.

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