Teruya “Terry” Kobayashi was born in Osaka, Japan to Naoe and Takuya Kobayashi and his older sister Miki. Terry's family first moved to Montreal, Canada when he was three years old. They later moved to Toronto where Terry spent much of his life.
When he was young, Terry practiced Aikido and also played golf with his father. He was a very strong golf player. He studied Commerce at first, then the Culinary Arts at George Brown and later at Le Cordon Bleu in London, UK. This is where he met his wife, Petra, who studied at a University nearby. Terry travelled extensively and lived for some time in Italy, France, Finland and the US. He was a very skilled and artistic chef. In Toronto, he worked at restaurants such as Centro, Colborne Lane, Origin, AME, Momofuku, Ursa and many more. He later settled down at Bondi Produce where he helped start New Toronto Foods. Terry was an incredibly hard worker, quiet and resilient. He was also a very supportive, loving and proud father to his twin daughters.
Terry passed away very suddenly from a brain aneurysm on August 25th, 2020 at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. For those who wish, in Terry’s honour, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. He will be missed by many and always remembered.