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Chef Matt Basile started the Fidel Gastro’s Street Food Co. in 2012.  It began as scribbles on a napkin while working in the advertising industry and it turned into a Toronto-based food experience company that has been serving the city and beyond unforgettable food and experiences for the last decade. From golf tournaments, food festival circuits, intimate 30-person weddings, or 300 person galas, Fidel Gastro’s has catered hundreds of events over the past ten years. Maybe you enjoyed our epic brunch or Burgers, Bingo and Beers at our Queen Street West gastro-pub, Lisa Marie. Or maybe you crushed our famous Pad Thai Fries and Smash Burgers from our food truck Priscilla. Or maybe, just maybe, you watched Matt on Rebel Without a Kitchen on the Travel + Escape Network or Netflix, Chefs in Cars Getting Takeout on YouTube, or saw one of Matt’s segments on Breakfast Television or The Social. You’re here because in one way or another, you’ve experienced what Fidel Gastro’s has to offer, or are looking for the chance to do so.


We have some news for you. While the food service side of Fidel Gastro’s has always run in the foreground, in the background has always been the food media side of the business, forever intertwined with our sister production company Benson & Oak. Starting today, this side is going to take the front seat, as we shift our food service over to a new operational partner, the Ascari Hospitality Group. What does that mean you ask? It means that we've retired from the food truck life and won’t be providing catering services any more. Don't worry though, because we've partnered with an experienced catering company to continue to help you get the very best food and experience for any event you’re looking to throw, large or small. Click the What's New button to connect!

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What We Do
Meet Matt Basile
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Matt Basile

Matt Basile is the founder of the Fidel Gastro's Street Food Company. In less than 10 years he went from underground sandwich popup to internationally recognized food brand. With a growing business of food trucks, festival booths and a massive catering division, Matt is always trying to be different in an industry steeped in tradition.

Matt is the author of the Canadian Bestselling, Street Food Diaries and in September 2018 launched his second cook book "Brunch Life" which has been nominated for a Taste Canada Award and a World Gourmand award. He has also hosted two seasons of his internationally sold television show "Rebel Without A Kitchen" which appeared on Netflix.

The Fidel Gastro’s brand celebrated 6 phenomenal years with their brick and mortar gastro pub, Lisa Marie which has been featured on various TV series such as You Gotta Eat Here! and Chef In The City and was ranked as the 9th best brunch spot in Canada by OpenTable magazine.


Matt currently collaborates with brands and food personalities on his popular YouTube channel and participates on numerous advisory board speakers sessions. In 2017, Matt helped launch June’s eatery, the world’s first popup restaurant where the chefs were all HIV+ in an effort to smash HIV/AIDS related stigmas. The project received global praise within the health community and news coverage.






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Brunch Life

2019 Gourmand Cookbook Awards National Winner, Street Food Cookbook and Breakfast Cookbook

For lazy days off or mid-week cravings, Brunch Life brings that bigger-than-brunch restaurant experience home with mouth-watering recipes that will ensure every day gets off to a great start.

Leisurely weekend brunches have become the most anticipated meal of the week, and no two people know that better than Matt Basile and Kyla Zanardi. With their token humour, Matt and Kyla share their passion for this midday spread and showcase indulgent and creative takes on their favourite dishes. Sometimes, brunch is a comforting routine, where simple ingredients are whipped into fuss-free OG Buttermilk Pancakes, a Mascarpone Soft Scramble, or Good ol' Hash Browns.

Featured throughout, Matt and Kyla share their travel adventures in six cities across North America--San Francisco, New York, Nashville, Seattle, Vancouver, and Toronto--and explore how this epic meal is enjoyed far and wide. Brimming with over 70 delectable recipes and gorgeous photography, it's time to serve up a fresh take on this favourite weekend tradition that will inspire you to gather around your table any chance you get.

 Have you seen our cookbooks? 

Street food Diaries 

Bring the street food movement into your kitchen and make the easiest, tastiest, and most original street food at home!


There’s simply nothing tastier than homemade food cooked from scratch. And these days, the street is where you’ll find the best homemade dishes you’ve ever tasted. Whether he’s serving up outrageously delicious sandwiches from his popular Fidel Gastro’s food truck or across North America on the hit reality TV show Rebel Without a Kitchen, Matt Basile is always looking for inspiration to create amazing food that is simple enough to be mobile, different enough to make you talk about it, and awesome enough to make you crave it!

Street Food Diaries features over 85 irresistible and original street food recipes plus mouthwatering photography and stories of the food and people at the core of street food culture. Matt’s recipes are fun, outrageously delicious, and totally inspired by the most vibrant food movement on the planet. So, try your hand at making Peanut Butter Cookie Fish & Chips Sandwiches, Philly Cheesesteak Tostadas, Maple Habanero Turkey Wings, Pad Thai Fries, or the infamous Alabama Tailgaters. If it’s on a stick, in a bun, or covered in bacon (a lot of bacon!), then it’s in Street Food Diaries!

CATCH US ON screen 

YouTube; all the kids are doing it. We love producing our own content with our partnering production company, Benson & Oak and we make food videos that are as different as the food itself. Recipe videos that are themed or just tasty and sometimes branded, Vlog style travel videos or our very popular Chefs In Cars Getting Takeout series… ironically a series about chefs… sitting in cars… getting takeout … and talking food.  Have a watch, subscribe to the channel and stay up to date on all our awesome videos. Aka binge us!

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