The Chef Upstairs


555 N. Rivermede Rd;
Unit B5
Vaughan ON L4K 4G8
Located on the N/E Corner of Hwy 7 and North Rivermede in the McDonalds Plaza


The Coolest Venue in the GTA for:

Private Dining, Corporate Team Building, Catering, Cooking Classes, Chef at Home and Kids Programs
  • We are more than a Cooking Studio.
  • We are intimate, interactive and interesting.
  • Our amazing Chefs prepare outstanding menus using the best seasonal ingredients; pair each course with phenomenal wines; and teach you the skills to duplicate the same experience at home.

The Chef Upstairs features an intimate dining experience with celebrated chefs & spectacular food. Whether it's a Cooking Class or special event, you'll find our chefs' passion for food and fun makes every occasion memorable.

  • Imagine being part of an intimate event at a private dining venue, surrounded by great friends, family or colleagues.
  • Your group is "hands-on" working with a fabulous Chef, preparing an outstanding menu that is paired with wonderful wines.
  • At the end of the evening you will have the skill, tricks and confidence to duplicate the same experience at home!

3 Separate Studios and 4 configurations

  1. Studio 1 will entertain up to 45 people
  2. Studio 2 will entertain up to 30 people
    • Combing Studios 1 & 2 will entertain up to 85 people (with 2 interactive kitchens)
  3. Catering Studio ( private classes for 4 to 10 people)

e-mail or call 416.544.9221 to book your next event


Private Events
  • Anniversary Parties
  • Bachelorette Parties
  • Bar Mitzvah
  • Bat Mitzvah
  • Birthday Parties
  • Family Events
  • Rehearsal Dinners
  • Small Weddings
Corporate Events
  • Client Entertaining
  • Corporate Team Building Events
  • Holiday Parties
  • Iron Chef Cook Off
  • Off-site Meetings
  • New Product Launches
  • Retirement Parties
  • Staff Celebrations
Special Events
  • Kitchen Rentals
  • Photo & Film Shoots
  • Press & Media Event
  • Studio Rentals
  • Wine & Cheese Tastings

Kids' Programs
  • Summer Cooking Camp (11 weeks)
  • PD Day Camps
  • March Break Camp
  • December Camp
  • Closing Dinners
  • Family Events
Cooking Classes
  • Adult Classes
  • Kids Classes
  • Teen Classes
  • New Mom Classes
  • Cook like a Chef Series
  • Gift Certificates
Private Chef
  • Catering at Home
  • Catering at Work
  • Private Chef at Home for 2 to 50 people
  • Summer BBQ at Home
  • Holiday Parties at Home
  • Weekly Meal Plans for individuals or families


Julian Pancer carries on the tradition started by his Grandfather in 1957, when Pancer's Deli was opened. Julian has partnered with Greg Heller, who purchased the original Mid-Town Toronto location in 2008 from founders Jim and Janice Colbert. Julian and Greg and the Chef Upstairs team have developed a formula that works inside the studio or in your home or office. We are proud to be 100% nut and peanut free.

Julian is a Red Seal Chef. He is a graduate of the George Brown Chef School and has learned his trade working with some amazing chefs. Julian is the Chef de Cuisine and General Manager at the Vaughan location and will make sure that every event is a Delicious Experience. Contact Julian

Greg is long-time entrepreneur and business consultant, accomplished chef, and avid wine collector. Greg manages the back of house and will help you plan your next event. Contact Greg