Wanderlust: Chef Imrun Texeira’s Luxury Private Chef Service

Photo courtesy Wanderlust / Imrun Texeira 

Riley’s resident foodie Kim Kerr shares news of Wanderlust, Chef Imrun Texeira’s Toronto-based luxury private chef service


In recent years, personal chef services have become an increasingly popular trend among those on the look-out for unique,exclusive dining experiences. From intimate dinners for two to large-scale events, personal chefs offer a range of services designed to cater to the specific needs and preferences of their clients.

Among the personal chef services available across the Greater Toronto Area, luxury personal chef services are few and far between and stand out as an option for those desiring the ultimate culinary experience.

One of the best of these is Wanderlust, a Toronto-based luxury private chef service founded in January 2022 and owned by leading Canadian culinary star Imrun Texeira.  Inspired by the flavours of his South Asian and East African roots, Chef Imrun showcases seasonal Canadian produce and meticulously sources spices to create his interpretation of modern Indian cuisine.

Wanderlust’s services are available across the GTA and popular luxury travel destinations including Muskoka and Niagara Falls. This broad reach brings Texeira’s exciting dining experiences directly to your home, your cottage or vacation rental… even your yacht. 


Chef Imrun Texeira’s Luxury Private Chef Service


With over 15 years of experience in the culinary industry, Texeira, raised in Ottawa, grew up surrounded by rich and diverse flavors and developed a love for cooking at a young age by experimenting with new recipes.


Chef Imrun Texeira colorful creations on plate
Chef Texeira’s colorful creations are not only tasty, they’re works of art  (Photo courtesy Chef Wanderlust / Imrun Texeira)


He honed his skills at renowned restaurants such as Noma, a three Michelin-starred restaurant in Copenhagen, and Atelier in Ottawa, which is continuously ranked as one of the top places to eat in Canada. Texeira has been honoured with recognition as one of the “Top 30 Under 30” hospitality leaders in Canada and was even a semi-finalist on Food Network’s Top Chef Canada and a finalist on Chopped Canada.

Little wonder, then, that Texeira and Wanderlust have gained a solid reputation for providing exceptional culinary experiences.   


Sustainable and Ethical Services


Wanderlust offers private dining experiences where clients sit back and enjoy the experience of a blind tasting menu in the comfort of their own home. Chef Texeira prides himself on using the most unique and highest quality ingredients, with each menu is tailored specifically to each event. 

Another unique feature of Wanderlust is its focus on modern techniques showcasing a vast array of ingredients both domestic and imported. Also important is the company’s commitment to providing a personal and intimate dining experience.


Chef Imrun Texeira with arms crossed in kitchen
A commitment to the client and his craft have cemented Chef Texeira’s reputation as a luxury culinary expert (Photo courtesy Wanderlust / Chef Imrun Texeira)


For those interested, Texeira is happy to share stories about the inspiration for his unique dish ideas, his culinary travels, and the way he sources exotic ingredients. He walks you through the menu and answers any questions you have along the way. He even brings his own special dinnerware and state of the art equipment to your space for an unforgettableexperience.  

True to the Wanderlust Roots


The word wanderlust means to have a strong desire to travel. This is a passion of Chef Imrun’s that coincides with his love for food. His Wanderlust menus takes diners on a culinary journey through his heritage and his travels, leaving the diners with an everlasting thirst for Wanderlust.

Chef Texeira understands that his success and receipt of numerous accolades from some of the world’s leading luxury lifestyle publications means that he has a responsibility to be an example in his field and advocate for better working conditions in the food industry. This is why he works with school boards, educating the next generation of chefs on Hospitality & Tourism Pathways and advocates for better work conditions and mental health support for those in hospitality as an Ambassador for The Burnt Chef Project.

An inspiration to the Toronto culinary scene, Texeira’s focus on sustainability, ethical sourcing, and his elegant and sophisticated approach have set the standard for private chef services while at the same time earning, him a well-deserved reputation as a leaders in the luxury private chef industry.

To learn more, visit www.imruntexeira.com.    




Kim Kerr is no novice cook herself, and when not preparing delicious dishes in her Muskoka, Ontario, kitchen loves visiting and sampling the world’s leading culinary destinations as a writer with Riley Media 

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