Meet-the-CrewAt Mariposa Cruises we strive to exceed expectations and provide our guests with the highest levels of quality and service. It’s what sets us apart from our competition and why we are recognized as Toronto’s best recreational cruise by Consumer Choice Award and voted one of the top attractions in Toronto by Trip Advisor. It would be impossible to achieve this without the dedication and hard work that each of our team members exemplifies. For this reason, we want to celebrate our team members and let you get to know them a little bit better.

This month we would like to introduce you to our new Executive Chef Damien Wlodarczyk.

Fresh from an appearance on MasterChef Canada, the team at Mariposa Cruises are launching our 28th season of cruising on the Toronto Harbour with our very our own Master Chef in the form of Damien Wlodarczyk. Joining us from the Westin Harbour Castle and the new Novotel in Vaughan, our new Executive Chef is no stranger to the Toronto tourism scene. Tasked with revamping Mariposa Cruises’ menus, Chef Damien is quickly making his mark. With his enthusiasm and innovative ideas he is elevating the dining experience at Mariposa Cruises one menu at a time with exciting new offerings.

Let’s see what Damien had to say:

Damien Wlodarczyk

What is your role at Mariposa Cruises?

I am the Executive Chef.

What does a typical day at work look like for you?

Right now it’s making menus, answering emails and setting up suppliers in the morning. I then price out new food items, order food for events, make prep lists, then prepare food for service for that day and the next.

What are the challenges of working in a galley versus working in a kitchen?

The main challenges are the different equipment and power constraints.

Do you have a signature dish? If so what is it?

I have many dishes that I like to prepare and do a lot but a signature dish would go more with the establishment that I am working at. So for now I would say that I don’t have one here, yet, but stay tuned.

What’s your favourite thing about your job and working for Mariposa Cruises?

It’s a new challenge and the next step in my career where I can apply my skills.

Damien Wlodarczyk-in-the-Galley

What do you do when you’re not working at Mariposa Cruises?

Usually I’m at home doing something around the house with my kids.

If you could charter a boat and take it anywhere in the world, where would you go? Why?

The south of France, because I speak French and I hear it’s nice.

If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you want to meet? Why?

I don’t know ……… The Rolling Stones.

Damien Wlodarczyk and kids

What songs are included on the soundtrack to your life? Why?

House of the rising sun: The Animals
It’s bigger than hip-hop: Dead Prez
Sympathy for the devil: The Rolling Stones
Rusted from the rain: Billy Talent


We hope you enjoyed getting to know Damien as much as we have. There are plenty of other Mariposa team members for you to meet. Be on the lookout each month, as we will be spotlighting a new team member on our Meet the Crew segment on the Captain’s Blog.

If you would like to join the Mariposa crew, visit our Mariposa Cruises Employment page for new job postings.