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Our Hosts

Meet the people who make our workshops so special!

Maria Rozynska

Founder of Just Be Cooking
Hosts Polish Cooking Workshops
Singer (Soprano)
Maria is the founder and manager of Just Be Cooking. In her own Polish Workshops she teaches guests how to make traditional Polish food, accompanied by live music and singing songs from the Polish Highlands. Just Be Cooking grew out of her desire to bring people together through food and song.
"I love combining music with food so adding in a band to each workshop, from within that culture, feels like a perfect fit. This helps turn the workshops from mere classes into strongly cultural events. This adds interesting texture that really expands the workshop past the basic concept of a cooking class."
~ Maria
Maria deeply enjoys teaching and views it as a fundamentally collaborative and hands-on process. The workshops and events she organizes and hosts with her fellow collaborators revolve around this practical, fun and experience driven approach.

Antonin Lapleau

Pastry Chef at Bonjour Brioche
Hosts French Pastry Workshops
Classically trained
A French Pastry Chef, Antonin (Anton) started to study the art of pastry making in 2010 in France. He has worked with renowned pastry chefs from Nadege Pâtisserie, Pascal Caffet and Franck Fresson. Since discovering Toronto in 2012, his goal was to come back to this great city. That became reality in 2016 and he returned for another year of experience at Nadege Pâtisserie.
"I love combining music with food so adding in a band to each workshop, from within that culture, feels like a perfect fit. This helps turn the workshops from mere classes into strongly cultural events. This adds interesting texture that really expands the workshop past the basic concept of a cooking class."
~ Anton
Antonin is currently pastry chef at the famous Toronto French bakery cafe Bonjour Brioche.

Carla Ramos

Founder of Table To Share
Hosts Portuguese Workshops
Food has always been the centre of Carla's life. Born and raised in the traditional Portuguese village of Sintra, she is truly passionate about food and travelling. Early in life she developed a curiosity to explore cuisines from different cultures. 
After more than 10 years working in finance, and being inspired by Toronto, one of the most multicultural cities in the World, she decided to follow her true passion and pursue a career in the food service industry. She set up Table To Share, which came out of her belief that filling a table with food is the most honest way to connect with people, experiences and enjoy life.
www.TableToShare.com
Table to Share was founded with the mission to introduce curious Food Lovers to multicultural tastes and traditions from around the World. Every experience is based on a featured country cuisine and celebrates ingredients, flavors and traditions of the region. Guests share family-style dishes, drinks and authentic tastes while learning about the culinary and cultural impact of the featured cuisine. The events take place at authentic local restaurants in Toronto.

Table to Share's commitment is to appeal to your imagination and culinary senses and provide you with an evening to remember.

Pascal Geffroy

Owner & Chef of Batifole restuarant
Hosts French Cooking Masterclasses
Classically trained
Cooking since he was 14, Geffroy spent years managing kitchens in Nyons and Rhône before moving to Toronto six years ago after falling in love with the city during a visit here with a friend. Upon arriving he was sous chef to Didier Leory at his restaurant, Didier, followed by three years cooking with Jean-Jacques Texier, the original owner of Batifole, before becoming the head chef at Papillon on Front St.
"I want to keep the idea of Batifole,” he says. “People like it and I don’t want to change it, but now it’s me. The spirit of the house will live on, very casual, not pretentious, and good food. This is my priority."
~ Pascal
When Chef Texier decided to sell Batifole, Geffroy took the opportunity and has been running Batifole restaurant since 2013.
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Just Be Cooking  & Maria Rozynska 2018
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