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BASHIR MUNYE

CHEF | FOOD ADVOCATE | EDUCATOR

Chef Bashir Munye is part of a new generation of Toronto chefs who are inspired by global cuisine while creating the future of local and sustainable food ideas.

A true global child, Bashir’s experience of food embraces many geographical and cultural boundaries. Proudly born in Somalia, and raised in Italy, he has called Toronto home for the past 22 years.

Growing up in the Mediterranean, being surrounded by fresh, seasonal foods was the norm. Those sensory memories resonate until today and Chef Bashir continues this tradition through his farmer’s market operations.  Here, he connects to the local farming and artisanal food business community and imparts his connection with terroir and the community.

Bashir’s approach to cooking is simple, yet beautifully complex. He is a passionate advocate for promoting diverse food representative of urban, multicultural communities. He believes and advocates for access to good quality food for all communities and its citizens.

Currently, Bashir is a culinary professor at George Brown College, food consultant, recipe developer and an academic researcher.  He is the founder of the acclaimed “Nomadic Comfort Food” cooking series and is a sought after contributor for both publications and television including being a regular the popular program, The Social.  Bashir is a well-respected culinarian and was named in the Globe and Mail’s list of “Canada’s Next Star Chef’s” for 2020.

"Food is a vessel for understanding each other and coming together for social change. "