Chef La-toya fell in love with cooking at the young age of 17. A graduate from the Culinary Arts program at George Brown, she moved on to further her training at a number of top restaurants and hotels throughout Toronto, Europe and Mexico.
Born in Canada of Jamaican descent, La-toya grew up cooking and eating “island foods,” but didn’t develop a true appreciation of the diverse, bold and flavourful cuisine until later in life. After gaining years of experience, her creativity started to flourish and she crafted her own take on what she dubs ‘Island Paradise’; a fused style of traditional Caribbean ingredients combined with Mediterranean flavours.
It was this combination of creating new flavours, with the familiarity of home-style, soulful goodness that Twist Catering was born built on Chef La-toya’s motto “culinary expressions with a twist.” Under her creativity, skill and leadership, Twist reached star status. Chef La-Toya was the personal chef to the 2019 NBA Championship Toronto Raptors and the first female chef of colour to cater the media & Filmmakers Lounge at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, the Rising Stars event and the Board of Directors cocktail reception at the world-renown Toronto International Film Festival.
Chef La-toya was the brand ambassador and the Executive Chef for Grace Foods Canada; is Vice President of Alli’s Journey, a non-profit organization focusing on young adults with cancer. She uses her passion for food and her vibrant, contagious personality to engage and connect with audiences. She is an oft-sought after media contributor and is a regular television personality including being a regular on the acclaimed show Fridge Wars. Notable features on Chef La-toya can be found in The Toronto Sun, Manjya bloggers, Cuisine Noir and The Canadian Press among others.