About Me

Who is Chef Devan Rajkumar?

About Me

Chef Devan Rajkumar’s relentless passion and ambition to become one of the best in the food service industry are rooted in his time spent as a young boy in a tiny apartment kitchen with his Guyanese grandmother. Her dedication and enthusiasm for food was instilled in Chef Devan and so began his quest for life changing flavour profiles. 

My Story

Before his formal training at Toronto’s George Brown College for Honours Culinary Management, Chef Devan honed his skills under celebrated local Chef Adrian Niman of the Food Dudes catering company during a time of explosive growth.

After several years of high-end catering, Chef Devan parlayed his position as Sous Chef with the Food Dudes into an Executive Chef role at Luxe Appliance Studio, a multi-million dollar showcase kitchen for his favourite brands Bosch, Thermador and Gaggenau.

Between 2012 and 2014, Chef Devan found his flair for live culinary demonstrations and entertained thousands of guests. Someone took to his liking and in 2014, Chef Dev became a regular guest on Cityline, one of Canada’s longest running daytime shows, and found his love of the spotlight. His onscreen presence and charm ensure he is a regularly returning guest to this day, but he did not stop there.

Chef Devan leveraged this local recognition to start his own catering company, ChefDev, in 2015 where he focuses on highly curated in-home dining experiences. Hungry for more knowledge, he also joined Chef Matt Blondin (Momofuku, Acadia, Colbourne Lane, Blondie’s) as he opened Omaw on Toronto’s up-and-coming Ossington Ave.

Feeling an itch for travel and more exposure to world flavours, Chef Devan travelled the globe for six months in 2016, cooking in India, Dubai, Italy, Peru and London, England.

Back in Toronto, Chef Devan co-founded the Chef Battle, both hosting and competing in events across Canada, from Kelowna, British Columbia to St. John’s, Newfoundland. Again, someone noticed and Chef Devan appeared in national TV and print commercials for Kraft-Heinz.

2017 saw another restaurant opening for Chef Devan: Loch & Quay in Toronto’s Harbourfront district, but he could not stay out of the spotlight for long. A cover story and profile in On the Go magazine also led to his charming smile being displayed on a massive billboard in Toronto’s Dundas Square and New York’s Times Square in the summer of 2018.

Chef Devan’s work with Second Harvest, Toronto’s Daily Bread Food Bank, ShelterBox and York Region District schools was recognized in November 2018 with his selection as a Toronto City Mogul, a charity fashion show featuring Toronto’s top entrepreneurs.

Chef Devan continues to volunteer his time with local charitable organizations and schools, while acting a brand ambassador for the Food Dudes, appearing on Cityline and other television shows, conducting live culinary demonstrations across Canada, extensively travelling to broaden his palette and running his own catering company.

Spring 2018 Demo Reel