Lorelei Simbulan

A curated food experience with sustainably sourced produce

Capital L centers itself around the connection and memories made through food​ and recreating those feelings with every bite. As long as I could remember, food has always been the main attraction. I loved the sense of togetherness it brought when cooking with my family and the gathering during celebrations. ​

I was born in the Philippines but grew up in Toronto and was introduced to the many cultures and cuisines of our multicultural city. That is where my love of food was cultivated. Being an immigrant and only knowing Filipino food, the options were endless.

Being a young mother, I decided to focus on my new baby, and although I regretted not finishing my Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) at Humber College, I could never trade in the time and memories I made with my daughter. Having those experiences have truly shaped who I am.

It took some time but with the support of my family, I eventually went back to culinary school and graduated with a Chef de Cuisine diploma. In the middle of my studies I took part in a college cook off for PEI tourism, hosted by Chef Michael Smith; and I won! It was definitely the boost I needed to continue on my journey. Since completing school in 2013, I've worked in several restaurants ranging from, Italian, Asian, Spanish, Caribbean and American cuisines.

Today I strive to create familiarity, melded together with the flavours inspired by the cuisines I grew up on, studied and now love. Capital L is an ode to my family, my journey and my undying love for food. Getting the chance to share it all with you is just a bonus.

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