Food is our Passion

Always in great demand for her superb catering services, Dinah Koo is recognized as one of Toronto’s most interesting ‘food personalities’ with a dedicated following. One of our best known, much loved, and longest serving female chefs, she has been this city’s go-to caterer for more than 30 years, in an industry that demands originality, perfection, and imagination.


Over the years, Dinah has unerringly sensed trends in the way we eat. Today, that might entail a request for catering with a healthier focus, such as gluten free, vegetarian, or Asian inspired. Customers know that many of her menus feature a Fusion element; combining Asian flavours with organic produce, ancient grains, naturally raised meats, or sustainable seafood. She is famous for such things as Duck Quesadillas, a menu staple that rouses the kind of loyalty reserved for celebrities and Hollywood stars.

In previous years her very successful catering business inclined towards large events in well known celebration venues all across the city. Today, the focus of her new catering division Peapods to Chanterelles, is on smaller functions ~ private dinners, intimate weddings, Bar or Bat Mitzvahs, and cocktail parties. Her book The Cocktail Chef, is the bible for many a Toronto host or hostess wishing to impress their guests with that professional touch. Her style is contemporary classic, with the spotlight on quality preparation and presentation. Her philosophy is delicious food, using only the freshest ingredients, locally sourced whenever possible and prepared with passion. Dinah Koo is the passionate chef.