When it comes to food, Sam’s passion has always revolved around highlighting the simplicity of ingredients, while pairing them with fun and interesting techniques. Born and raised in the multicultural city of Toronto, Sam knew the moment she graduated from Culinary School, that she wanted to learn about different types of cuisines first-hand. From her first stop helping open a small bistro in Grignan, France, to moving to Hong Kong, where she became a Tournant for a Restaurant Group which had 17 restaurants. All this travel sparked her interest of different cuisines, where Sam had the opportunity to work in a Vietnamese, Cantonese, Italian, and Indian restaurant in her one year abroad. From there, she travelled for 3 months across 29 cities throughout Asia and Europe, before landing back home in Toronto.
She returned to Toronto to work at La Palma Restaurant, where she became a Sous-Chef at age 23, and recently graduated to their Chef de Cuisine at age 26. Recently, Chef Sam earned the winning title at The Chef Collective culinary competition and is now heading to Australia to explore her culinary career.
Sam creates dishes using highlight ingredients and techniques from different cultures and cuisines. Sam has always preferred to be more versatile, sharing her personal experiences, and travel memories, through her food and lifestyle photos, making her the perfect candidate to partner for brands in the food, lifestyle, and travel categories.