The Art of Cooking
Camilo sees the artistry in cooking, and loves the immediate gratification that food can provide. It may take months for a painting to find its way to a gallery, and it may take years to construct a building before you can admire its architecture, but you can enjoy fine food as soon as its prepared. That immediate sense of gratification is exactly what Camilo loves seeing in his clients the moment they bite into one of his dishes. A smile on the face of one of Camilo’s clients brings a smile to his.
Camilo abides by an edict to respect every ingredient, to keep his cooking rustic, and to ensure his creations taste pure.
“If you’re eating a chicken sandwich, you want to taste the chicken, not a thousand different flavours all together,” he says.
Every dish is made in a way that stimulates the palate with varying flavours and textures. The hit Key West chicken salad sandwich utilizes cranberries for a hint of sweetness, and diced celery for a little crunch. The spice of jerk chicken sandwiches is balanced with sweet potato coins and a cool mint yogurt spread.
The Diversity of Toronto
“There are so many cultures in Toronto, so much variety, and you have access to quality ingredients from all around the world,” says Camilo.
Whether he’s visiting grocers in the Korean District or strolling through the stores of Kensington Market, Camilo is always on the hunt for new ideas, new techniques, and new ingredients that he can subtly mix into his creations.
The Personal Connection
Perhaps the only thing more important to Camilo than food is his desire to truly understand the people he’s cooking for. “I want to know exactly what each client wants, and that way we can not only meet, but exceed expectations.”
That people-first mentality is what led Camilo to put Per Se Catering & Events on wheels and create his company’s food truck. The food truck gives Camilo and his staff the chance to meet and greet more people, and to see their reactions when they dig into Per Se’s fine fare.
Per Se Catering & Events has grown from husband-and-wife duo to a full team of event planning and culinary professionals, but the core values of rustic cooking and attentiveness to the customer will always remain at the fore front.