Leonard Abel & Sybil Pinnock


Leonard Abel Jr. began his cooking career at the Toronto Council Fire and Native Cultural Centre and cooked in a variety of restaurants before joining the FoodShare kitchen in 2009 as a member of the Good Food Café team. Leonard is currently the Community Education Supervisor, working as a teacher in FoodShare’s Community Kitchen program. Working with a variety of community groups and in particular with the TDSB Aboriginal Education Centre, Leonard teaches cooking in a community setting and spreads FoodShare’s message of Good Healthy Food For All to hundreds of people throughout Toronto.

Sybil believes that good healthy food is music to the senses and the soul. An accomplished baker and chef with considerable expertise in Caribbean cuisine, Sybil is a proud member of FoodShare’s award winning Kitchen Team (Toronto Star Golden Whisk Award 2009, Bhayana Foundation Team Achievement Award 2009.) As a twelve year veteran, she now single-handedly coordinates FoodShare’s Field to Table Catering program, creates delicious nutrient-dense soups for Toronto’s under-housed in the Power Soups program, and helps prepare a delicious lunch for FoodShare staff, volunteers and guests every day. Sybil’s warmth and delicious food are known city-wide by her loyal clientele and attendees of festivals such as the Hot and Spicy Food Festival, and Slow Food Toronto’s Picnic at the Brickworks.

Sybil is also credited with the invention of Jerk Tofu a decade ago when vegetarian options were often less than inspired. Her focus on healthy home made hospitality that delights both the eye and the stomach is always inclusive, meaning that there is something for all to enjoy. Her warm smile and calm approach reminds those who meet her that we can all stay centered if we take a page from her cookbook.


Falafel Bar - Yves Falafel Balls served with Freekeh tabouleh salad and topped with lemon tahini dressing, pickled turnip and diced lettuce