Nellie James started as Chef & Wife in 2000 as a small off-premise catering company. Chef & Wife Gourmet To Go was launched in Downtown Dundas in 2004 and in 2013, it was renamed Nellie James Gourmet Food to Go and still offers the same Chef and services our customers have come to appreciate.
We prepare our menus based on seasonal foods, using local farmers and growers as a source of fresh ingredients. This permits us to change our menu selections often, providing our customers with a varied selection of freshly prepared entrées from which to choose.
Why “Nellie James“? Chef Ken LeFebour explains: “Nellie James was my maternal grandmother, born in India to an Irish Father and an Anglo-Indian Mother. She raised 13 children, was fluent in English and spoke a number of Indian dialects. Nana Nellie was a fiercely strong redhead who was not afraid to speak her mind. She was kind, smart and an exceptional cook who I had the privilege of spending time with in India. Her spirit was so powerful and is something I carry with me. Naming the business after her seemed a small but fitting tribute to a great woman who raised wonderful daughters.”
Chef Ken also teaches gourmet cooking classes at Mohawk College and in conjunction with other organizations such as the LCBO, Hamilton Farmer’s Market and the Hamilton Spectator’s Go Cooking sessions.