Chartwells Canada To Hire More Than 2,000 Food & Hospitality Roles Across The Country As They Ramp Up To Welcome Students Back To Campus This Fall

Mississauga (August 3, 2022) – Chartwells Canada, the educational division of the nation’s largest foodservice provider, Compass Group Canada, announced today they are looking to fill over 2,000 roles as the company gears up to welcome students back to campus dining this fall. The company will be hiring for roles including culinary, customer service and environmental service positions at a number of post-secondary and primary school locations in the GTA, Ottawa, Montreal, across the East Coast, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver and more, starting this July. Prospective candidates are invited to apply here. The company has a wide variety of roles available to job seekers, from full time operations leaders and front-line workers to part-time shifts for those who need a bit more flexibility, including returning students, who the team encourages to apply.

Chartwells Canada provides dining services for approximately 650 K-12 and post-secondary schools across Canada, with an ongoing focus on providing both nutritious and delicious food options for students. Chartwells is engrained in the communities they serve and are committed to becoming a positive and integral part of the student experience on campus through their Thinking Ahead Giving Back (TAGB) program. TAGB builds community and purpose by using Chartwells scale to help engage associates and students in initiatives and programs that are meaningful to them, such as food security, nutritional education and career development.

“We are excited to have students return to campus this fall and see vibrant and energized dining rooms once again come to life in schools across Canada. Our teams are ready to ramp up operations, welcoming new associates who will help us provide nutritious and delicious meals for students. We look forward to meeting candidates with a passion for hospitality and great food,” said Kevin Booth, executive vice president, Chartwells Canada.

New associates can look forward to participating in Compass Group Canada’s award-winning culture. In 2021, the company was recognized as a Canada’s Most Admired Canadian Cultures and has been named as one of Canada’s Best Workplaces in 2022 by Great Places to Work. Additionally, the company offers a robust benefits program, extensive Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion initiatives and exceptional career advancement pathways.

“Our people and their passion for our customers really sets us apart,” said Darlene D’souza, senior director, talent at Compass Group Canada.  “As the country’s leading food and support services provider, we have a number of opportunities available to join our team. We offer flexible scheduling, benefits for eligible roles, and opportunities to grow across our business. There is a seat for you at our table!” 

These opportunities with Chartwells offer candidates, including students, strong career development and tangible skills, full time and part time opportunities and a terrific team! All interested candidates are encouraged to apply at compass-canada.com/working-at-compass.

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Celebrity Chef Corbin Hosts His Final School Kitchen Takeover

Students in Ontario and Atlantic Canada to enjoy healthy and delicious menu items designed specifically for them

Mississauga, ON – May 11, 2022 – Celebrity Chef Corbin Tomaszeski, who rose to fame through his participation on popular Canadian TV shows, and Chartwells Canada today announced his new signature menu items, created specifically for the foodservice provider for schools in Ontario and Atlantic Canada, at an unveiling event hosted by Cawthra Park Secondary School in Mississauga, Ontario. Chef Corbin’s new recipes feature current, fun, sophisticated and anything but boring ingredients – making a clear definition between these new menu items and school lunches from Chef Corbin’s school aged days!

Students at Cawthra Park Secondary School will assume the role of judge as they taste test and review the new menu offerings with Chef Corbin and Chartwells on hand to listen to their feedback. Taking what he learns at the taste test, Chef Corbin will adjust his recipes, ensuring that come fall, the meals will meet Chartwells’ highest standards, incorporate delicious flavours, and reflect the views of students.

Chartwells School Dining, food service provider to approximately 300 schools across Ontario and 275 in Atlantic Canada, has partnered with celebrity Chef Corbin since 2014. The partnership allows Chef Corbin to develop signature menu items that reflect students’ tastes and culinary curiosity. Always striving to create innovative and exciting menu offerings, Chef Corbin has continued to unveil exciting new recipes in response to student input and feedback throughout this 8-year partnership.

“I am excited to partner with Chartwells once again to create some new, fun, and exciting offerings that will satisfy our students’ greatest food cravings! I look forward to seeing them in the Chartwell’s kitchen! ” said Chef Corbin Tomaszeski, celebrity chef and cookbook author.

Students will have the chance to sample and then rate the new menu items, including a slider trio with flavourful sides, power-packed salads, and a few other top-secret new dishes!

“Both students and educators love what Chef Corbin brings to our menu every year, and we have thoroughly enjoyed partnering with him. We know recipes from years past were very well received and our students always embrace the new culinary menu selections,” said Stephane Beauchemin, executive vice president, Chartwells School Dining.

Not only are the recipes student-approved and great-tasting; they all meet the current nutrition requirements of the Ontario School Food and Beverage Policy (PPM 150) that sets out nutrition standards for food and beverages sold in publicly funded elementary and secondary schools in Ontario.

Since Chartwells first partnered with Chef Corbin, his popular signature recipes offered in schools to date have included:

  • BBQ Pulled Pork Topped Tater Wedges w/Spicy Black Bean Corn Salsa
  • Black Bean & Grilled Chicken Tostada
  • Bocconcini, Beef & Tomato Penne Pasta
  • Savoury Hand Pies such as Chicken & Vegetables and Jerk Beef
  • Indian Rice
  • Kale Caesar Salad
  • Mango Cilantro slaw

Jeannie Macdonald, senior regional director of operations at Chartwells said, “At Chartwells, we know that school meals need to energize students and provide nourishment to fuel their education. Ensuring they are delicious means students will eat well and be ready to learn. We appreciate this partnership with Chef Corbin that has helped us achieve a true balance between delicious and nutritious offerings.”

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University of Ottawa Residential Dining Brings Home the Gold

June 28th, 2021, Ottawa, Canada – The National Association of College and University Food Services (NACUFS) announces the University of Ottawa as a recipient of the NACUFS 2020 Loyal E. Horton Dining Awards. The University of Ottawa received a Gold award in the category of Residential Dining Concept for large institutions. Named for a NACUFS founder, past president, and highly regarded innovator, the dining awards celebrate exemplary menus, presentations, special event planning, and new dining concepts, and provide an avenue for sharing ideas and creative presentations in campus dining services.

Fifty-eight member institutions across North America submitted entries in six categories, including Residential Dining Concepts, Residential Dining Facility, Residential Dining—Special Event, Retail Sales—Single Concept/Multiple Concepts/Marketplace, Catering—Special Event, and Catering—Online Menu.

A team of six judges and a committee chair safely gathered in East Lansing in June 2021 to examine each entry and selected top candidates in each category. All winners are listed here: https://www.nacufs.org/Awards/LoyalEHortonDiningAwards. The Grand Prize winners will be announced at a later date.

Competing for one of these prestigious awards helps market the dining program as a winning program and builds a sense of pride and team spirit among dining staff. Sharing creativity and knowledge with other foodservice professionals is a key component of NACUFS membership.

“We are thrilled for the University of Ottawa Dining Services to be recognized as one of the top student resident dining experiences in North America through this award,” said Derek Küffer, Resident District Manager & General Manager for Chartwells Canada. “This award reflects the passion and dedication of our associates, combined with our commitment to going above and beyond to care for our campus community. Our determination to always put students first in all our decisions is the key component in our constant drive for excellence.  We are very proud of our team’s hard work and enthusiasm being recognized through this award.”

About NACUFS

The National Association of College & University Food Services (NACUFS) was founded in 1958 by a group of college and university foodservice professionals from across the United States. Since its inception, NACUFS has focused on its mission to support and promote excellence in collegiate dining by providing members with the programs and resources they need to excel, from benchmarking and best practices to educational programming and professional networking. 

NACUFS institutional members include private colleges to large public universities, and two-year colleges to four-year universities and span the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, and beyond. Industry members include food and equipment manufacturers, distributors, brokers, foodservice support companies, councils, boards, trade associations, advisory commissions, and other professional groups. For more information, visit NACUFS.org.

About Chartwells

Chartwells Canada is a sector of Compass Group Canada, the country’s leading foodservice and support services provider with over 25,000 associates working throughout the country. The company specializes in providing foodservices and support services across the core sectors including leading sports and leisure venues, executive dining rooms and cafes, schools, universities, seniors’ residences and hospitals as well as remote camps and offshore oil rigs.  Compass Group Canada has been certified as Great Place to Work (2018; 2019; 2020); Best Workplaces Retail & Hospitality (2019, 2020) and Best Workplaces in Ontario (2020)] by Great Place to Work®, the global authority on high-trust, high-performance workplace cultures.

 

For More Information, contact:

Chartwells / Compass Group Canada

Laurelle Knox

Manager, Corporate Communications

647-262-0407

Our Kids Media Names Chartwells Canada as Exclusive Dining Services Partner

June 7th, 2021, Toronto, ON – Our Kids Media and Chartwells Canada, a sector of Compass Group Canada, the country’s leading food service and support services provider, today announced a partnership that positions Chartwells Canada as the exclusive dining services partner with Our Kids Media, reaching 1,850 independent schools including 350+ members. 

The goal of the partnership between Our Kids and Chartwells is to deliver added value to their members, providing a unique foundation for messaging around the place of nutrition in learning. The partnership with Our Kids Media and Chartwells Canada will provide nutrition-based resources as well as case studies from key Canadian educational institutions.  

“The dining hall is the social heart of the school. It’s where students gather informally with peers from across the grade levels and faculty, reinforcing lasting relationships,” said Agatha Stawicki, Publisher at Our Kids Media. “It’s also where they learn about nutrition and build knowledge and habits that will remain long after graduation. Partnering with Chartwells Canada fosters a continuation of that learning through their commitment to their holistic approach to an engaging dining experience Chartwells Canada has continually proven their dedication to offering a student-focused dining experience that originates with chef-driven, seasonally inspired menus and responsibly sourced food.

Our Kids Media is Canada’s trusted source for families researching private and independent school options. As such, this partnership will provide an opportunity to engage with industry leaders across the country in a discussion around key topics including health, culture, creative menus, and sustainable sourcing.  

“We are excited to engage with the Our Kids Media community through this partnership by elevating the conversation around student food and nutrition,” said Ashton Sequeira, President, Chartwells Canada. “At Chartwells, we’re committed to developing customized student dining experiences beyond traditional school programs. We bring a focus on health and wellness, curated dining plans for special diets, and functional food education to create a distinct and dynamic student experience.”

 The news today builds on Chartwells Canada’s commitment to nourishing positive experiences for students in private and independent schools, as both a food services and support services provider. Chartwells Canada is excited to build upon the existing longstanding partnerships with the independent schools they serve, including their recently announced partnerships with Bayview Glen Independent School, St. John’s-Kilmarnock School and TFS – Canada’s International School.

About Our Kids Media

Our Kids helps families find the right schools—and helps schools find the right students. We provide the leading platform for families to discover, analyze, compare, and choose independent schools. Each year, over 2,000,000 families use our website, print guide, mobile app, and virtual and live expos throughout their school-research process. This enables us to provide over 350 schools—large and small—with the most effective school-marketing platform available.

About Chartwells

Chartwells Canada is a sector of Compass Group Canada, the country’s leading foodservice and support services provider with over 25,000 associates working throughout the country. The company specializes in providing foodservices and support services across the core sectors including leading sports and leisure venues, executive dining rooms and cafes, schools, universities, seniors’ residences and hospitals as well as remote camps and offshore oil rigs.  Compass Group Canada has been certified as Great Place to Work (2018; 2019; 2020); Best Workplaces Retail & Hospitality (2019, 2020) and Best Workplaces in Ontario (2020)] by Great Place to Work®, the global authority on high-trust, high-performance workplace cultures.

For More Information, contact:

Our Kids Media

Glen Herbert

Writer/editor

glen.herbert@ourkidsmedia.com  

905.272.1843 ext. 26

Chartwells / Compass Group Canada

Courtney Gardner

Sr. Manager, Corporate Communications

647-633-5420

 

Humber College and Chartwells Canada Launch Pilot for Food Delivery Lockers

MISSISSAUGA, ON March 18, 2021 – Humber College and Chartwells today announced a new Food Locker pilot for students at Humber’s North Campus, in partnership with Apex Order Pick Up Solutions. The Food Locker will be the first of its kind at any post-secondary institution in Canada.

Since the pilot commenced on March 15th, students who order their meals through Boost™, a mobile ordering app from Compass Digital Labs North America, an innovative, technology-focused division of parent company, Compass Group Canada, have the option to have their order delivered to an area nearest to them. With four locations around campus to meet Boost™ couriers, and the additional Food Locker across from Gratitude Hall, students can get hot and fresh food where and when they want it with a simple unique QR code scan to access the secured food.

“We’re excited to provide students with new alternatives to campus dining. With the uncertainties of the pandemic, technology allows us the flexibility to continually innovate and improve our guest experience. This is simply a first step.” said Michael Hachey, Chief Innovation Officer at Compass Group Canada, Chartwells’ parent company.

Ashton Sequeira, President of Chartwells Canada, adds “With the long-term impacts of COVID-19 still relatively unknown, there could potentially be a lasting change to how students use on-campus eateries. Piloting this new delivery feature provides an opportunity to try out technology that supports contactless pick up and pay solution and reduces the number of students in a concentrated area.”

Students can now order from the popular “Grill & Co”, one of Compass Group Canada’s culinary concept locations that offers a contemporary burger experience with a playful personality, and a focus on sourcing only quality Canadian ingredients. Humber’s North Campus Students and faculty who would like to participate in the pilot can download the Boost™ app available on iOS and Android stores.

Looking forward, Chartwells hopes to make Boost Food Lockers available to campuses across the country in the fall. “We’re excited to apply the learnings from this pilot to the broader organization and to provide a convenient, contactless pick up solution to students and faculty coast to coast” said Sequeira.

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About Chartwells Canada

Chartwells Canada is a sector of Compass Group Canada, the country’s leading foodservice and support services provider with over 25,000 associates working throughout the country. The company specializes in providing foodservices and support services across the core sectors including leading sports and leisure venues, executive dining rooms and cafes, schools, universities, seniors’ residences and hospitals as well as remote camps and offshore oil rigs.  Compass Group Canada has been certified as Great Place to Work (2018; 2019; 2020); Best Workplaces Retail & Hospitality (2019, 2020) and Best Workplaces in Ontario (2020)] by Great Place to Work®, the global authority on high-trust, high-performance workplace cultures.

About Compass Group Canada

Compass Group Canada is Canada’s leading foodservice and support services provider with over 25,000 associates working in more than 2,200 locations throughout the country. The company specializes in providing foodservices and support services across the core sectors including leading sports and leisure venues, executive dining rooms and cafes, schools, universities, seniors’ residences, and hospitals as well as remote camps and offshore oil rigs. Compass Group Canada has been identified as a Great Place to Work®, the global authority on high-trust, high-performance workplace cultures, in 2021, 2020, 2019 and 2018, as a Best Workplaces™ in Retail and Hospitality in 2021 and 2020 and as a Greater Toronto Area Top Employer in 2021.

About Compass Digital Labs (CDL) North America

Compass Digital Labs drives extraordinary customer experiences at the intersection of hospitality and technology. Our suite of digital products empowers operators, enhances customer experiences, and helps identify new business opportunities.

About Apex Order Pick Up Solutions

Apex is the world’s leading provider of self-serve automated pickup solutions for use in foodservice and retail industries. The Apex Heated Pickup Station was a recipient of the 2019 Kitchen Innovations Award from the National Restaurant Association. Apex contactless order pickup solutions are in use in over 5,000 restaurant, foodservice and retail locations globally.  Visit https://apexorderpickup.com for more details.

About Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning   
Humber College is focused on our students’ future. As a global leader in polytechnic education, Humber students receive in-depth theoretical learning and hands-on experience with applied research and extensive industry connections. Humber provides career-focused education to more than 33,000 full-time and 23,000 part-time and continuing education students across three campuses. A comprehensive range of credentials including honours undergraduate degrees, Ontario graduate certificates, diplomas, apprenticeships and certificates, prepare career-ready global citizens to move seamlessly from education to employment. More than 86 per cent of Humber graduates are employed within six months of completing their studies. Visit humber.ca.   

Media Contacts

Compass Group Canada
Courtney Gardner – Sr. Manager, Corporate Communications
647-633-5420

Apex Supply Chain
Ashley McNamara – Senior Marketing Director
513-808-0400

Compass Digital Lab Communications
Communications@compassdigital.io

Nadia Araujo 
Media Relations and External Communications Specialist 
Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning 
nadia.araujo@humber.ca | 416.580.1364

 

 

Durham College to Transform Food Services with Chartwells

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Introducing DCEats: Food Matters

TORONTO, ON – October 19, 2020 – After a comprehensive review of proposals from December 2019, Durham College announced they have awarded their food service contract to Chartwells, a division of Compass Group Canada, who put forward an approach that supports Durham College’s strategic pillars – students, people, work and community.  Access to nutritional, holistic and diverse food offerings on campus is important for an enriched post-secondary experience. When students, employees and community are eating well, they can focus on what matters – learning and developing personal and professional skills while supporting each other.

Food matters at Durham College. When the campus reopens to students and employees, food services will operate with a new brand: DCEats: Food Matters. By branding food services DC EATS, we are providing Durham College with a culinary vision that is unique to Durham College. By living the Food Matters mantra, Chartwells aligns to the studentsfirst culture at DC and supports the campus with the people and resources of Chartwells.

“We look forward to Chartwells providing creative, healthy, customer-focused food services when students and employees return to our campuses,” said Barbara MacCheyne, Vice-President, Administration and Chief Financial Officer, Durham College.

As part of this partnership, DC and Chartwells will collaborate to expand experiential learning and employment opportunities for students. In addition, many of the college’s academic and co-curricular programs, such as athletics, AI Hub, Centre for Food and sustainability office, will be included in future planning for food services.

“We are honoured to partner with Durham College and bring DCEats to life on campus to complement their already exceptional student experience,” said Ashton Sequeira, President of Chartwells. “We recognize there will be sensitivities returning to campus during the COVID-19 pandemic and we assure you the health and safety of our guests and the school community is of the utmost importance – we have the necessary protocols in place to ensure the safety of everyone in our care. We look forward to transforming your on campus dining experience.”

Stay tuned for more information about the innovative food projects DC and Chartwells will be rolling out throughout our partnership.

The Property Brothers Team Up with Chartwells, Canada’s Largest Educational Food Service Provider To Get Canada Reading

The Property Brothers, Drew Scott (L) and Jonathan Scott (R) with Ashton Sequeira, President Chartwells Canada, announce plans to promote literacy in Chartwells’ elementary schools across the country with the launch of brothers’ new kids book, Builder Brothers: Better Together. Photo credit: Dennys Ilic

Chartwells Canada partners with Drew and Jonathan Scott, twin hosts of HGTV Canada’s Property Brothers to build youth literacy in Canadian students through their ‘Campaign for Literacy’ program

TORONTO, ON – September 5, 2019 Today, Chartwells, Canada’s largest educational foodservice provider, and TV hosts Drew and Jonathan Scott, (Property Brothers), announced a unique and exciting partnership to promote literacy among Canadian youth. Through this partnership, Chartwells will distribute the Property Brothers’ new book, Builder Brothers: Better Together to Chartwells K-12 and private school locations across Canada. Chartwells will be the first to bring this innovative literacy program to the Canadian K-12 and private school education landscape with this one-of-a-kind partnership.     

The book will be available to elementary schools within Chartwells’ 550+ K-12 and private schools from coast to coast. Students will be encouraged to “borrow a book,” take it home to read with their caregivers, and participate in the interactive mini racecar building exercise at the end of the book. Chartwells will then track the number of hours the children spend reading as part of a wider campaign promoting youth literacy across Canada. 

“We are so proud to be partnering with the Property Brothers on this one-of-a-kind Campaign for Literacy,” said Ashton Sequeira, President, Chartwells. “At Chartwells, we focus on nourishing the minds of Canadian youth — it’s not only our business, it’s our responsibility. We know a well-balanced diet is a critical factor in overall well-being, but our commitment to nourishment goes beyond the nutritious, better-for-you meal options we serve students. Our goal is to help nourish the whole student. Mind, Body and Soul.”

“Chartwells is incredibly committed to enriching the communities they serve, and we are excited to collaborate with them under their Thinking Ahead Giving Back platform and launch this program that supports a big push for literacy across Canada,” said Drew Scott. 

Added Jonathan Scott: “We have always been passionate about reading and storytelling and the way it inspires us to dream big. Kids benefit so much from spending time reading aloud with their parents, teachers, and caregivers. It’s engaging, enlightening, and social. It builds curiosity, memory, and motivation and shows kids that anything is possible.”

This partnership connects directly to Chartwells’ platform, Thinking Ahead Giving Back, where Chartwells has pledged to:

  • Deliver 1,000,000 meals both domestically and globally to tackle food insecurity,
  • Provide 10,000 hours of community support around mental health and other challenges facing their students, and
  • Create 1,000 job connections through a more focused commitment to student employment

The Campaign for Literacy supports Chartwells’ commitment to providing 10,000 hours of community support by helping students at the elementary school level develop their literacy and reading skills, while decreasing the amount of time spent in front of a screen. To date, Chartwells, with the support of their partner schools across the country, have delivered over 1.4 million meals to children in need and provided more than 17,000 hours of community support.

Drew and Jonathan Scott, known to millions as the hosts of HGTV’s top‐rated show Property Brothers, made their debut as picture book authors last fall with their fun and imaginative New York Times bestseller Builder Brothers: Big Plans. This September, the brothers are back with the next adventure for kid brothers Drew and Jonathan, Builder Brothers: Better Together (HarperCollins; $17.99 US/$21.99 CAD; on sale September 10, 2019). Young Drew and Jonathan do everything together, whether they’re building birdhouses or dreaming up big plans for their future. They’re not just twins; they’re best friends. So when their town sponsors a soapbox derby race, Drew and Jonathan are first in line to enter. But when the rubber hits the road and the brothers just can’t agree on how to build the best car, they wind up competing against each other! Can one of them win without the other? Complete with charming illustrations by Kim Smith and a do‐it‐yourself project to build a miniature race car, Builder Brothers: Better Together is a hilarious and heartwarming story that reminds young readers that everything is better when you work together.

About Drew and Jonathan Scott

Drew and Jonathan Scott are multifaceted entrepreneurs, authors, and twin television personalities. They are the cofounders of Scott Brothers Global, a leading lifestyle and entertainment enterprise which includes the award‐winning production company Scott Brothers Entertainment, the home furnishings collection Scott Living, and the digital design and renovation platform Casaza. The Scott Brothers also host multiple top‐rated HGTV series, including the Emmy nominated and Canadian Screen Awards–winning Property Brothers and Brother vs. Brother, as well as their new show Forever Home. Their shows are enjoyed by millions of viewers in over 160 countries. All three of their books—Dream Home, It Takes Two: Our Story, and Builder Brothers: Big Plans—are New York Times best‐sellers, and in 2017, Drew and Jonathan were named Habitat Humanitarians, the highest recognition awarded by Habitat for Humanity. For more information on Drew and Jonathan Scott, visit www.theScottBrothers.com.

The University of Ottawa and Chartwells Launch a New Initiative

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University of Ottawa logo

 

 

 

Thinking Ahead Giving Back will increase engagement with the student population

Ottawa, ON – December 4, 2018 – Today, Chartwells Canada and the University of Ottawa announced the launch of a new aspect of their partnership. Chartwells’ Thinking Ahead Giving Back (TAGB) initiative will see the company increase its engagement with students by working with them to tackle some of the key social concerns they face every day. 

“We are very excited to bring our partnership with the University of Ottawa to an entirely new level,” said Ashton Sequeira, President of Chartwells Canada. “TAGB will allow us to become a collaborative thought partner, not only with the University, but also with our students and the campus community. By thinking ahead, we’ll identify opportunities to benefit and support our clients, and through giving back, we will focus on creating a more engaged community.”

Through Thinking Ahead Giving Back, Chartwells has pledged to:

  • deliver 1,000,000 meals, both domestically and globally, to tackle food insecurity;
  • provide 10,000 hours of community support to address the social and mental health challenges our students face; and
  • create 1,000 jobs through a more focused commitment to student employment.

 “The University values its partnership with Chartwells: it contributes to the wellbeing of our entire community and goes far beyond food,” said Jacques Frémont, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ottawa. “Most importantly, this partnership has a positive impact on the student experience and generates opportunities for experiential learning for our students.”

 

Celebrity Chef Corbin launches NEW fall menu for schools across Ontario and Atlantic Canada

The healthy and delicious menu reflects the culinary sophistication of today’s students

Chef Corbin

Oakville, ON – April 26, 2018 – Today, Food Network Celebrity Chef Corbin Tomaszeski is launching the new signature menu items set to appear in schools across Ontario and Atlantic Canada this fall. The new recipes are delicious, nutritious and reflect the culinary sophistication of today’s students.

Chartwells School Dining, food service provider to approximately 300 schools across Ontario and 245 in Atlantic Canada, has partnered with celebrity Chef Corbin since 2014. The partnership allows Chef Corbin to develop signature menu items that reflect students’ tastes and culinary curiosity. Not comfortable to ever stop innovating and striving for perfection, Chef Corbin continues to develop exciting recipes in response to student input and feedback.

“Healthy eating habits start at an early age so we need to get students excited now about nutritious food,” said Chef Corbin Tomaszeski, celebrity chef and cookbook author. “Making sure my healthy recipes are student-approved is the most important factor in developing and improving the school menu.”

The new fall recipes will include:

  • Korean Noodle and Korean Rice Bowls with pulled pork, grilled chicken breast or tofu
  • Buffalo Chicken, Tuna Melt and Cheeseburger Flatbreads

Korean noodle bowl

The new menu items are being put to the test today at St. Ignatius of Loyola Secondary School in Oakville, Ontario. Chef Corbin and Chartwells will be on hand to listen to students’ feedback. Taking what he learns at the taste test, Chef Corbin will adjust his recipes, ensuring that come fall the meals will meet Chartwells’ highest standards, incorporate delicious flavours, and reflect the views of students.

“Our continued partnership with Chef Corbin has brought excitement and enthusiasm to school dining with recipes that are very popular with students and teachers alike,” said Brenda O’Neill, vice president, Chartwells School Dining. “School meals need to energize students and providing nourishing options that also happen to be delicious ensures students eat well and are ready to learn.”

Not only are the recipes student-approved and great-tasting, they all meet the current nutrition requirements of the Ontario School Food and Beverage Policy/Program 150 that sets out nutrition standards for food and beverages sold in publicly funded elementary and secondary schools in Ontario.

Since Chartwells first partnered with Chef Corbin, his popular signature recipes offered in schools to date have included:

  • BBQ Pulled Pork Topped Tater Wedges w/Spicy Black Bean Corn Salsa
  • Black Bean & Grilled Chicken Tostada
  • Bocconcini, Beef & Tomato Penne Pasta
  • Savoury Hand Pies such as Chicken & Vegetables and Jerk Beef
  • Indian Rice
  • Kale Caesar Salad
  • Mango cilantro slaw

flatbread on cutting board with k12 children

About Chartwells School Dining
Chartwells School Dining is a member of Compass Group Canada, the country’s leading foodservices and support Services Company with more than 30,000 associates across Canada. From K-12 to university campuses, Chartwells is a diverse group of dedicated food and nutrition specialists serving the academic community. The foods we serve helps fuel the ideas and dreams of future generations. But we do more than feed hungry students. We practice a single-minded commitment to building strong bodies, sharp minds, and establishing the foundation for a long, healthier life. We call this Eat. Learn. Live.

Stop Food Waste Day Waste Warrior Spotlight: Jana Vodicka

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Jana Vodicka, Manager, Campus Engagement & Sustainability, Business Excellence, Compass Group Canada

1. What’s your take on all the attention food waste is getting lately?

Food waste is a highly tangible issue, with social, economic and environmental implications. We all eat, so food waste has each of our names on it. Luckily, we have plenty of power and authority to reduce our contributions. The best part is that it can be as easy as freezing your left overs and giving your future self a break.

2. What are your best tips to make it easy to reduce food waste in the kitchen?

Making stock from trimmings, peels and any other food parts left over from meal prep is one way to get more mileage out of your food, and keep waste to a minimum. Reduce it, strain out the bits and freeze in small containers to use as seasoning, even a splash to add a pop of flavour to an omelette!

3. What is one small change every person can make in their daily lives to make a big difference?

Prevention is the ideal solution, but the downstream impacts are just as important. If you have organic collection services, either at school, work, or at home, even a backyard composter – use it. Most of the waste in garbage by weight is food waste, putting incredible pressure on landfill capacities, waste related taxes, and ecosystems.

4. What is your favourite way to repurpose leftovers?

Making soups or casseroles with leftovers leads to surprising deliciousness. Most of the work is already done so it’s relatively quick to prepare, and the flavours have married to result in one-of-a-kind delicious meals.