Who We Are
We are a non profit organization known as Youth In Business. Our objective is to develop an annual food market, which will promote local restaurants and allow food entrepreneurs to launch their business. We want to share our love for good food with the local community.
An experienced food vendor, Winston took Toronto by storm in the summer of 2011 with his Tornado Potatoes (deep fried potatoes on a stick). Tornado Potatoes became wildly popular at various festivals and food shows throughout Toronto. After attending numerous food shows as a vendor, Winston found that the Markham/Scarborough region is home to very few food festivals. The community needed more opportunities to showcase their local gourmet culinary talents. With that in mind, Winston established TO Food Fest – a fun and tasteful afternoon that brings together the local community.
Elysia Chan is the Director of Operations for TO Food Fest. She is a graduate of The University of Toronto and through the co-op program of her degree, she has found her passion and built valuable experience in event planning. Together with her love of food, she has taken advantage of the various culinary experiences found within her home towns of Scarborough and Markham to aid in the organization of this event. This gourmet food show is the perfect combination of event coordination along with a showcase of the delicious treats found hidden in the community. Elysia is very happy to be a part of Toronto’s newest food show.
Mitchell Sidharta is the Director of Marketing for TO Food Fest. Graduating from Wilfrid Laurier University, he brings his passions for food and marketing to the TO Food Fest team. He has marketing experience with Rogers and is currently with Alliance Films. Never one to shy away from tasting diverse types of food, he is committed to sharing his love of food as well as supporting local businesses in the Scarborough/Markham area. His goal for TO Food Fest is to showcase the diversity and uniqueness of the local culinary talents.
Harriet Lee is the Director of Media Relations for TO Food Fest. After graduating from the University of Guelph, she went on to study public relations at Université Laval in the gastronomic capital of Quebec City. In addition to her passion for food, she loves to travel and try different ethnic cuisines, and she brings that curiousity and enthusiasm for culinary diversity to TO Food Fest. Back in her hometown of Toronto, Harriet has worked with both mainstream and ethnic media in an agency setting. She looks forward to developing ongoing relationships with the media and food lovers in Toronto to share local culinary discoveries with the community.
A graduate from the University of Guelph’s Applied Human Nutrition program, Susanne hasn’t allowed the end of her studies to end her fascination with the world of gastronomy. With her insatiable appetite, she has brought her passion of food to the team. Combining her experience in event planning and marketing she is excited to bring the hidden wonders the city has to offer to the community.
JiaLi Chen is the Event Specialist for TO Food Fest. Graduated from Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology majoring in event marketing management, she brings her knowledge and passion for event management to the team. She has experience working on various events ranging from sporting events to corporate business events to dinner galas in the Scarborough/Markham area. With her passion for event planning and love for food, she is committed to making the TO Food Fest an enjoyable event for the local community.