Custom Private Dining Experiences

Are you planning a dinner party, but don’t want to do the cooking? Want to treat a special someone to a romantic evening without the hassle of finding a restaurant? Have a milestone coming up and looking for a unique way to celebrate?

From intimate dinners to backyard barbecues Elle Jay’s is here to take care of your private dining needs! Our private chef, Marissa Leon-John, will help create a unique dining experience for you and your guests. With a completely custom menu, the Elle Jay’s crew will come to you and prepare an unforgettable meal in the comfort of your home.


Your Private Chef


I am an incredibly passionate, self-taught home cook with a love for all flavors and pride myself in being a chameleon in the kitchen. No type of cuisine is too complex or obscure!

Born and raised in Montreal, Quebec by Caribbean parents, I was introduced to a wide variety of flavors at a very early age. Growing up, exposure to culinary treats from many cultures including Greek, Italian, Filipino, and of course the traditional flavors of St. Lucia and St. Vincent & the Grenadines shaped my culinary landscape. Diversity in the kitchen helped refine my palate and made me want to know how to create all of these different types of food on my own.

Having a curious mind and being a natural perfectionist drives my desire to master cooking everything that catches my eye. Anytime I uncover a new dish or flavor combination, I want to know every ingredient and the technique to either replicate it, pay homage or improve it. My journey into cooking started with this and developed into a passion that, until recently, had only been shared with family and friends. Now, after honing my skills and putting them on full display for the country to see via MasterChef Canada, I am ready to share my passion with the masses.

Come and dine with me for a unique flavor exploration and culinary experience!

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Planning an Event

The concept is simple: After confirming a date and number of guests, we will have a quick conversation to get to know you, what kind of food you would like to eat and what experience you are looking for. Once those bases are covered I will create a unique menu that you can review.

On the day of the event, I come to you and throw down in your kitchen. I’ll answer any questions and might even share some kitchen secrets.

The best part – I take care of the cleanup while you and your guests enjoy each other’s company!


I travel to any home or venue in the Greater Montreal Area. This includes Laval and the South Shore.

Additional costs apply to venues outside of GMA.

Depending on the size of the event I may come with my crew of trusty helpers in order to deliver the best service and experience for you and your guests.



private dining testimonial

I had the privilege of attending one of these dinner parties! It was such an amazing fun and delicious dinner party. I got to taste foods I  would have never attempted to try before. So much flavour!!!! Can’t wait for the next one!!! Keep up the GREAT work!!!

Sonia G.
catering client testimonial

My husband planned a special evening for my 34th Birthday. He reached out to Marissa and she created an incredible Thai menu for myself and 23 friends! She arrived with a huge smile and immediately went to work cooking up a storm. The food was delicious! It was such a memorable evening and I would highly recommend an at home dinner party. Such a unique experience. Thank you Marissa

Krissy B.
client testimonial

We had the pleasure of being served by this amazing chef! It was 7 course, Asian style menu and she made a salmon tartare that was absolutely delicious. I feel the need to point out that I do not like salmon cooked or raw and I actually went back for seconds. Thank you so much for all the hard work you put in to making an evening unforgettable”

Kelly B.
elle jays testimonial client

I was so fortunate to experience Marissa’s cooking during a recent birthday dinner. There were 6 of us and she made seven courses. She recommended the alcohol pairing with the asian-inspired menu. We had delicious pork dumplings, salmon tartare, melt in your mouth ribs, a delectable beef dish with papaya salad, snow crab, Asian noodles with massive shrimps and the most interesting dessert with corn and tapioca in it. The flavours of each and every dish were vibrant and sometimes even mind-blowing!

Deb E.
catering client

Creative and delicious 7 course meal for my birthday celebration! Absolutely every course was tasty and Marissa provided details about each course. Truly best birthday dinner I’ve ever had in the comfort of my own home. Strongly recommend!

Tracey W.
catering client testimonial

Marissa was amazing to deal with….super-responsive to our messages, very enthusiastic with lots of great ideas, and very accommodating and flexible. She showed up at our house on the day of the birthday dinner extravaganza, smiling and raring to go! It was so much fun for our whole family, having her cook in our kitchen, watching her work, all the while chatting about her experiences as a home cook contestant on the current season of MasterChef Canada! What a treat! She was friendly and funny, while at the same time, professional and efficient. And the food…….the food was absolutely AMAZING!!

Cindy B.

Contact Us

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