About Us

We focus on what is good fair and clean

We are non profit team


Slow Food Toronto (SFT) is the Toronto, Ontario, Canada convivum of Slow Food, an international non-profit organization that was founded in 1989 in Piedmont, Italy. Slow Food aims to counter the rise of fast food and fast life, the disappearance of local food traditions and people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from, how it tastes and how our food choices affect the rest of the world. Slow Food Toronto supports and embodies the mission of Slow Food and seeks to work with other Ontario and Canadian Slow Food conviva.

Since its beginning, Slow Food has grown into a global movement involving millions of people in over 160 countries working to ensure that everyone has access to good, clean and fair food. Slow Food Toronto was co-founded by Chef Jamie Kennedy and Pamela Cuthbert in February 2003 with an official launch dinner at Jamie Kennedy’s JK ROM restaurant.

Slow Food believes food is tied to many other aspects of life, including culture, politics, agriculture and the environment. Through our food choices we can collectively influence how food is cultivated, produced and distributed, and as a result bring about great change.

Slow Food Toronto is comprised of a steering committee and members who live in and around Toronto. Slow Food Toronto is entirely organized by a group volunteers that supports the mission of Slow Food and Slow Food Canada.  The volunteers provide diverse talent, expertise and ambition to organize events and represent Slow Food in Toronto. In addition, Slow Food Toronto regularly engages with individuals, culinary businesses and producers that contribute to a good, clean and fair food system.

Born and nurtured under the sign of Industrialization, this century first invented the machine and then modelled its lifestyle after it. Speed became our shackles. We fell prey to the same virus: ‘the fast life’ that fractures our customs and assails us even in our own homes, forcing us to ingest “fast- food”. Homo sapiens must regain wisdom and liberate itself from the ‘velocity’ that is propelling it on the road to extinction. Let us defend ourselves against the universal madness of ‘the fast life’ with tranquil material pleasure.

Slow Food assures us of a better quality lifestyle. With a snail purposely chosen as its patron and symbol, it is an idea and a way of life that needs much sure but steady support.



Convivia in the world






Ark of Taste Products

Our steering COMMITTEE

A group of animated and passionate members

Luciano Schipano Leader leader@slowfoo.to

Luciano Schipano is a young chef, born in Canada and raised in Italy; Red Seal certified with a serious passion for the culinary arts. His dedication to the art and science of cooking began at the age of seven when he created his first sauce. Over the years he has focused his passion on going back his origins to discover old recipes, adopt old practices and rekindle the authentic craft of creating wholesome flavours.

Graduated with honour with a master of science in Demographics studies and a dissertation on Ecological footprint and population growth. He came back to Toronto in 2011 where he works as Personal Chef with his own brand as LUCIANO SCHIPANO, Executive Chef at Nova Ristorante in Scarborough and Food Consultant/Food ambassador for many food companies.

Chef, Luciano is today President of Slow Food Toronto, Board Director of the Italian Federation of Chefs, and an active member of the Canadian Culinary Federation. He loves to share his remarkable knowledge of Italian cuisine through teaching, both in Canada and Italy, as well as TV appearances and culinary tours. He is a passionate food advocate, working with projects like Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution and Soupalicious, as well as an accomplished personal chef, executive chef, teacher and food consultant.

Luciano’s passion for the culinary arts extends from the kitchen to the classroom in Italy, where he taught for many years. His first and most important lesson for new students is always the same, the importance of cooking with Amore!

After all, the first ingredient in everything we do well is love.

Crystal Powel Community Outreach


Stefano Agostini Secretary


John Stillitano Volunteers Lead


Sunsoock Han Treasure


Giorgio Tinelli Slow Wine