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Pam Pridham

FEARLESS LEADER

Pam is an avid traveller, soaking up culture by the mouthful - her itineraries dictated by restaurant reservations rather than museum exhibits. She took on ownership and and assumed her role as president of Dish in May 2009. An accomplished home cook, she has experimented with all types of cuisines, cooking for family and friends. You can find Pam working closely with her passionate staff, chatting about food and indulging in their culinary creations.

 

 

Gord Pridham

CHIEF TASTING OFFICER

Gord’s favourite meal starts with a plate of heirloom tomatoes from his organic garden finished with volcanic salt and a drizzle of olive oil, then moves on to fresh porcini mushrooms sautéed in a light cream sauce to pair with black cod. And yes, he still has room for dessert.

The consummate globetrotter, Gord looks for inspiration from cutting edge chefs, whose food he seeks out in his regular travels. While not always onsite, Gord brings culinary inspiration to the Dish team from his frequent trips abroad and excels in his role as chief tasting officer.

 

 

 

Jennifer Toft  

GENERAL COORDINATOR - The Girl behind the Curtain

Jen found her way to Dish when she started as a barista and cooking school host and quickly realized how much she loved working in a food-filled environment. Now as our general coordinator, Jen takes care of a lot of things at dish. While she still occasionally dips her toes into the cafe and hosting, you will usually find her behind the scenes, booking and organizing events, working closely with the School Director, Head Chef and Owner to make the magic happen. If you would like to book an event, inquire about our scheduled classes, or want to find a recipe you tried here 5 years ago, Jen is your gal!

Contact Jen at: jen@dishcookingstudio.com or 416-920-5559

 

 

 

 

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Erin Ross

SCHOOL DIRECTOR

You can usually find Erin in the Dish kitchen setting up for classes, pop ups + events.  She loves to cook with beer + bourbon, and her classes often include a wine region or two.  When she isn't playing host + teacher in the cooking studio, you can be sure to find her globetrotting with her husband searching for all things delicious.  Not only do their travels influence her menus, but playing in her backyard vegetable garden is a constant source of inspiration + relaxation.

 

 

 

 

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Dan Lipton

HEAD CHEF

Born and raised in Toronto, Chef Dan's passion for food began at an early age. Whether it was helping his grandfather tend to the vegetable garden, or aiding his grandmother with the weekly bread baking, it became clear at an early age that food would play a pivotal role in his life. Dan's professional career began when he took a job washing dishes while in university. Over the decade that followed, Chef Dan honed his skills in kitchen from Montreal to Toronto. A graduate of the Stratford Chef School, Dan has settled back in TO and is ready to spread his passion for food with everyone!

 

 

 

 

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Cara Tegler

CHEF INSTRUCTOR

Cara is an avid chef who has a love for food that is inspiring and nutritious. Cara is a graduate from the Culinary Skills program at George Brown College, is a former private chef, food stylist and recipe developer. She now works at Dish full time as a chef for the cafe and Teacher + Assistant for the cooking school. If there are two foods that Cara is most passionate about, it's salad and dessert. You can sample her creative salads and sweet treats on a daily basis in the Dish Cafe. When not in the Dish kitchen, you can find Cara riding her bike around the city, doing yoga and sampling ice cream from all the best spots.

 

 

 

 

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Danielle Rose

SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER

With a passion for food media and the culinary arts, Danielle joined Dish as an assistant cooking teacher, and quickly expanded her role by joining the Dish host team, as well as taking on the position of Social Media Manager. Fascinated and inspired by the ever-changing world of food, Danielle expresses her creativity through cooking, food styling, food photography, and writing, and enjoys the opportunity to chat with guests about the latest culinary and restaurant trends. When not at Dish, you can find Danielle sharing her foodie adventures on her food blog Ginger Rose.

 

 

 

 

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Courtney Pitchford

JANE OF ALL TRADES

Courntey's career in food and hospitality began at a very young age on the shores of Lake St. Lawrence at the family cottage. Using her grandmother's discarded dishes she, along with her sister and cousins, opened their first restaurant featuring wildflower soup, sun baked clay hamburgers and sand milkshakes. It is safe to say she caught the industry bug early.  With almost 20 years of experience she is a Jane of all trades at Dish and is equally at home in the Dish kitchen, behind the bar or at her computer building the perfect spreadsheet. On her off time you can find her tending to her garden or in her kitchen testing new or perfecting old family recipes. She still considers her family her greatest inspiration and best recipe testers.