Meet The Owner, Fia Pagnello
My passion and enthusiasm for cooking and creating recipes started as a young girl watching my mother and grandmother in the kitchen.
I come from a large international family and reunions were always taking place at our house. My mother has always been known for cooking up a feast fit for a king and planning the perfect party with no detail overlooked. I remember having birthday parties with candy buffets, themed homemade cakes, exquisitely presented dinners, entertainment of all sorts and elaborate gift bags. And when my mom wasn’t planning the next big event, she was spoiling us with home-cooked meals each night, beautifully presented on our table which seemed magical with its ever-changing centerpiece decor. No implement, or serving piece was overlooked, as she set each candlelight supper with carefully selected china from one of her beloved collections. I am not surprised to have found my calling as a caterer, as I believe culinary and hospitality are in my DNA!
During my many years of working in the industry I gained a great deal of experience and explored every aspect of the business. I started as an event coordinator and account manager in the catering field, but also was eager to help in all other facets of the business such as rolling up my sleeves to help out in the kitchen, serving and delivering food. Today with Kiss the Cook Catering you will still find me helping out in any one of these roles. I don’t believe you can be the best at what you do, unless you’ve worked every inch of it.
Our kitchen is ideal for catering because it has a bakery and deli in-house and this set up allows us to make desserts, and baked goods from our own recipes as opposed to ordering frozen products from external suppliers. Sandwiches and wraps are prepared fresh each morning so that our clients are able to taste the difference. We also wanted to be able to supply hot food for large scale events and with our massive industrial ovens we are able to cook over 100 large turkeys simultaneously, feeding over 5000 people!
Kiss the Cook chefs are the heart of our operation. Without them, we wouldn’t have our name! The secret to our delicious tasting food is an infusion of modern culinary trends with recipes and cooking techniques passed down through generations.
Our complete service staff including delivery personnel, bartenders, waiters, event planners and more are all carefully selected industry professionals. They love what they do, are as passionate about food-service as I am and strive for excellence. Ultimately, impeccable service is just as important as top-notch food in my books!
We have come a long way, from starting out with a handful of customers to serving thousands of people on a weekly basis. I vow to our loyal clients that Kiss the Cook Catering will always maintain our food philosophies and standards of service that have taken us to where we are today. Whether you are celebrating your birthday, planning the wedding of your dreams, or coordinating an important office meeting, we are dedicated to making your event the absolute best it could possibly be.
I am honored and excited to work with you,
Owner, Kiss the Cook Catering
Senior Catering and Event Coordinator, Shellie Craig
Shellie is an honors graduate of Loyalist College Hospitality Management program. Her background experience in event planning includes large scale event production for Dolce Hotel and Resorts as well as sales and event coordination for the Hilton Garden Inn. A strong desire to plan weddings and special events and work more hands-on with clients in a creative way led her to Kiss the Cook Catering. Shellie was quickly promoted to our Senior Catering and Event Coordinator after just one year with the company. She now impressively plans an average of 25 incredible weddings per year and also attends and works each and every one! Each unique event requires focus, attention to detail and creative design to bring the client’s vision to execution and Shellie always meets and exceeds every expectation. Her philosophy is to treat each event as though it was her own and see it through from the start to a flawless finish. As if that isn’t impressive enough, she also coordinates social events and many corporate orders on a daily basis. We love Shellie’s high-energy, fun-loving personality and we know you will too!
Fun fact: Shellie’s awesome vibes led her to being hired on the spot!
Desert Island food: Nachos
Desired super-hero power: Freeze time
Catering and Event Coordinator, Amy Cook
Amy is an honors graduate with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Nipissing University. Her background working as a conference coordinator for the university ignited her passion for event planning. A quintessential foodie, Amy loves talking cuisine. She’s found a niche as our leading corporate account coordinator, placing a high volume of orders for meetings across the GTA on a daily basis. Amy enjoys building lasting relationships and earning our clients trust through demonstrated reliability, unsurpassed customer service and strong communication skills. She is known for being highly organized and studious and takes great pride in understanding each client’s unique needs to be able to deliver best in class service. We all adore Amy’s thoughtful, sweet, talented persona and we know you will too!
Fun Fact: Amy is super-smart! She graduated top of her class receiving the President’s gold medal!
Desert Island Food: Pizza
Desired super-hero power: Go-go-gadget kitchen tools!
Meet The Chefs
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