Chef Pam Fanjoy Speaking Engagements

About Chef Pam Fanjoy

Pam Fanjoy, MSW, RSW, has been helping families create the change that they want in their lives for the past 30 years as a Child, Adolescent & Family Therapist.

Now also an award-winning chef and Executive Director of Cooking Up Change, she is combining her talents to address the intersectionality of childhood food insecurity, mental health and future wellbeing.

Chef Pam’s culinary and counselling programs, including the signature Fanjoy Junior Chef Program, are based on a Milieu Therapy approach to care for youth and families in a safe, structured environment, when and where they need help the most.

Her innovative culinary therapy model is focused on the 3 Cs – communication, collaboration, and cooperation – to teach youth in a deliciously approachable way in any kitchen to heal trauma responses, strengthen interpersonal relationships, and increase creative problem-solving. Junior Chef programs help heal body, mind and soul, and teach valuable life skills to support the transition to independence and successful adulthood.

Workshop and Keynote Topics

Book Chef Pam to speak or deliver a customized interactive workshop at your next event. Topics include:

Feeding Connection™: The Healing Power of Cooking, Community & Milieu Therapy

Award-winning Food Network Chef and clinical social worker Pam Fanjoy MSW, RSW, whisks together milieu therapy techniques and delicious recipes to cook up positive changes that will last a lifetime. You will learn how the innovative Fanjoy Culinary Counselling method uses the 3 C’s – communication, collaboration, and cooperation – to overcome struggles and teach in a deliciously approachable way, in any kitchen, to heal trauma responses, improve focus, strengthen interpersonal relationships, and increase creative problem-solving that can heal body, mind and soul.

Cooking Up Change™: Sustainably Integrating Mental Health Initiatives in the Workplace

Employers need new strategies to manage and address mental health concerns and realities in the workplace. Staff retention and cultivating a culture and realities where work-life balance actually really matters is one of the best investments any employer, including small and medium sized businesses, can make. Chef Pam brings her 25 years of social work experience and a decade as a restaurateur, retailer and entrepreneur to the table to facilitate this interactive workshop tailored for CEO’s, managers and business owners.

A Seat at the Table: The Journey from Childhood Hunger to Chopped Canada™ Champion and Food Network™ Celebrity Chef

Join us to hear the inspiring story of Chef Pam Fanjoy’s personal journey. Growing up on welfare and living in Ontario Housing where food was scarce, Chef Pam created her own recipe for success, seeking out mentors along the way, taking risks and finding her courage at life’s most inopportune moments. After a successful social work career as a Youth & Family Therapist, Collaborative Law Family Professional and then becoming a Chef, she has built a culinary social enterprise, created a destination restaurant, and is now transforming the way therapy is delivered with Fanjoy Junior Chef Programs and her innovative Fanjoy Culinary Counselling™ method, helping young people and their families create change that lasts a lifetime.

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