Our Story

WE'RE 100% FAMILY-OWNED + OPERATED ... which means WE CARE.

Founded in 2010, Culinary Adventure Co. has grown to be Canada’s largest culinary tourism and experience operator. We offer local neighbour food tours and culinary adventures, delighting and feeding everyone from lifelong locals to international visitors. Through corporate culinary experiences, we satisfy clients of all stripes and sizes across Canada.

Culinary Adventure Co. was awarded the Ontario Culinary Tourism Experience Award from the Culinary Tourism Alliance in 2012, and received a coveted Canadian Signature Experience designation from Destinations Canada in 2013.

In addition, TripAdvisor users award Culinary Adventure Co. the most five star ratings in Food + Drink activities in Toronto. Culinary Adventure Co. has earned TripAdvisor's Certificate of Excellence for 8-years running.

However you join us, wherever you join us, we’re dedicated to delivering an experience as memorable as it is mouthwatering.

Come Hungry… Every Bite Tells a Story™


OUR TEAM IS ALWAYS FULL OF SMILES.
NO GROUP TOO BIG OR TOO SMALL.
PERSONAL PASSION STANDS US APART.
OUR FAMOUS BIZ CARDS.
BEHIND-THE-SCENES-ACCESS.
GREAT GROUP MEMORIES.
SHARING IS CARING.

OUR TEAM

We are proud to be a local business run by culinary professionals. We are chefs, restaurant owners, foodservice professionals and local champions in every city we operate in. Our team are a passionate collection of local foodies ready to show you their favourite eats, sips and bites of their city.

For media, press inquires, industry research and speaking engagements for our leadership team, please contact us, here.

LEADERSHIP + CITY MANAGERS

KEVIN DURKEE
Owner
+ Big Cheese

He likes cheese.

JASON KWAN
Strategy
+ Business Development

He likes freshly ground pepper.

CARLA RAMOS
Operations
+ Finance

She likes wine.

FRANCISCO TEJADA
Social Media
+ Content

He likes toys + bacon.

TOM DOUANGMIXAY
Web
+ Admin

He likes shopping.

LEO MONCEL
City Manager
TORONTO

He likes the metric system.

JADE CHYMY
City Manager
WINNIPEG

She loves pie.

OPEN POSITION
City Manager
EASTERN ONTARIO

Role is based in Ottawa. Interested? Send CV here.

OPEN POSITION
City Manager
HALIFAX

Like food + stories? Send CV here.

ROD WEATHERBIE
City Manager
CHARLOTTETOWN

He likes to dance.

CULINARY TEAM + LOCAL GUIDES

LILY ROSS-MILLARD
Culinary
Guide

She likes theatre.

OPEN POSITIONS
Culinary Guides
TORONTO

Like food + stories? Send CV here.

DANIIL GREBENYUK
Culinary
Guide

He likes music.

OPEN POSITIONS
Culinary Guides
OTTAWA

Like food + stories? Send CV here.

JEREMY ANDRIANO
Sommelier
+ Culinary Guide

He likes wine.

LIN FRAZER
Culinary
Guide

She likes mini food.

CHEF ANDREA NICHOLSON
All-Star Chef
+ BBQ Master

She likes bbq.

JEFF BRAY
Local Food Guru
+ Culinary Guide

He likes to cultivate.

PAULINE HOWARD
Culinary
Guide

She likes lobster.

OUR FRIENDS

Every day we get to work with other passionate like-minded organizations across Canada. Building and strenghtning these relationships is a great honour. Take a peek at a few of our very special friends, and we encourage you to support them ... as you support us


NEW FOOD + DRINK PARTNERS

WANNA BITE?

Our success has been earned by working hard and partnering with the best restaurants, food shops, artisan producers and local culinary champions across Canada. Sharing their stories, food and passion is why we are here.

Our goal is to fill our guests with wonder, fun, unique memories and a full stomach.

Is that you? Are you looking to share your passion? We’re always keen to connect with others who have something delicious to eat or drink with our guests.

Contact our Tour Development Team here, we’d love to hear your story.

NATIONAL CHARITY PARTNER

MEALSHARE

Mealshare and Culinary Adventure Co. believe that it's unacceptable that 1 in 4 kids are malnourished. Together, we’re committed to creating a world where it’s easier to share with those in need, and every child and youth is fed as a result. We won’t stop until that’s happened.

For each food tour and culinary adventure sold, we contribute to Mealshare. Your support of us  allows us to support them. We are proud to be their partner, and together help others.

#FoodToursForGood

To learn more about Mealshare and their incredible efforts across Canada, visit them here.

CANADIAN SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

DESTINATION CANADA

In 2013, Destination Canada selected our Escape the City: Canoe Paddle + Dining Adventure to be part of their Canadian Signature Experiences Collection.

The prestigious collection features unique and authentic Canadian experience from only a handful of operators. To experience this incredible for yourself or private group, click here.

CROWDFUNDING FOR FOOD + DRINK

PIESHELL

PieShell is crowdfunding for food and beverage-focused entrepreneurs. Their incubation approach prepares projects for launch and boosts their chances of success. PieShell's stepping-stone model also gives projects a better chance to reach their goals. Your project will have a captive audience with an appetite for food with a story. To learn more about their incredible platform, click here.

GREAT MEMORIES START HERE.

EXPERIENCE PEI

Prince Edward Island's leader in authentic experiences, Experience PEI provides visitors with hands-on, interactive adventures with knowledgeable Islanders. Try your hand at clam digging, oyster shucking, lobster fishing, sand sculpting, own a racehorse, falconry, fly fishing and more! They are your one-stop shop for memorable things to do on PEI.

For more information click here.