Bringing people together to enjoy delicious food and the healing power of community.
Chef Pam Fanjoy
Following a highly successful career as a clinical social worker, Chef Pam Fanjoy continues to help people & communities by integrating her culinary passion with her 25+ years of experience working with children, adolescents and families. Pam has a personal lifetime mission to foster joyful, healthy relationships by using delicious, healthy food to facilitate meaningful connection between others to nourish their, bodies, minds and souls. This restaurant is really a continuance of what Pam has always done — bringing people together. She helps them heal and celebrate life through developing a deeper understanding of their own needs and showing them how connection with others can improve their physical and mental well-being.
I love bringing people together around the table where they can enjoy delicious food and the healing power of community. Join me in learning how preparing and sharing a healthy, nutritious meal can build connections and change lives for the better.
To learn more about Chef Pam’s ability to engage and inspire through her speaking engagements, read on…
Book Chef Pam to Speak
Fan/Joy Fired Up!
The Journey from Childhood Hunger to Chopped Canada™ Champion & Food Network™ Celebrity Chef
Cooking Up Change
The Fan/Joy Way to Inspire Youth & Junior Chefs
A Feast for Entrepreneurs Looking to Create Work/Life Balance
WATCH HERE as Chef Pam Fanjoy competes in CHOPPED CANADA on the Food Network and wins $10,000.
Season 3 – Episode 7 “Shell Shocked”
RHYZE AWARDS for women entrepreneurs – 2018 WINNER
CHOPPED CANADA CHAMPION • FEB 2016 • $10,000, and bragging rights!
VICKI CHAN AWARD • George Brown College• HIGH ACHIEVER 2013
Women of Distinction CULINARY AWARD 2nd PLACE· 2013 • Toronto
FEATURED CHEF • Bethany’s Hope Foundation 2016-2018 • London
FEATURED CHEF • 2013-2018 PEI’S VILLAGE FEAST with CHEF MICHAEL SMITH
GUEST CHEF • NATIONAL VETERANS’ DINNER 2016 with CHEF MATT PENNELL
CULINARY MANAGEMENT, HONORS • DEC 2013 • GEORGE BROWN COLLEGE
MASTER OF SOCIAL WORK· APRIL 2000 • WILFRID LAURIER UNIVERSITY
BACHELOR OF SOCIAL WORK • APRIL 1995 • YORK UNIVERSITY
BACHELOR OF ARTS HONS • APRIL 1993 • WILFRID LAURIER UNIVERSITY
Chef Pam in the News
Chef Pam Fanjoy shows us the power of transferable skills. Starting her career as a Clinical Social Worker, she took a leap into the culinary industry following her passion to become a chef. She took her values of community and connection and infused them as key ingredients in her dishes. As well as opening her own restaurant, Fanjoy; she has received the Rhyze Award for Women Entrepreneurs (2018) and taken the Chopped Canada Champion title (2016).
Chef Pam Fanjoy has been running a restaurant in the Town of Erin for five years. She was located in the village of Erin under the name The Friendly Chef, and two years ago she moved to Hillsburgh and rebranded to Fan/Joy. The rebranding was part of a ''fuel injection grant" project from Innovation Guelph, and the money she received from the Rhyze award will help execute some of those goals.
Becoming a competitive and award-winning chef is not for the faint of heart But Pam Fanjoy who earned her Masters in Social Work and left a very successful career in mediation and therapy, did just that. She was always cooking for friends – we know how healing that can be in itself.