New hire reinforces Boston Pizza's commitment to culinary innovation and
TORONTO, Sept. 14, 2011 /CNW/ - Boston Pizza today announced the hiring
of Michael Gray as director of culinary and Executive Chef. Gray
brings more than twenty years of experience to the role and will
oversee culinary strategy and menu development for the company's 340
locations across Canada.
"Michael brings tremendous skills and leadership to Boston Pizza's
culinary team," says Ken Otto, Chief Operating Officer, Boston Pizza
International. "Michael's addition reinforces our commitment to
culinary excellence and the consistent delivery of high-quality and
innovative menu items."
Gray is a Certified Professional Chef and his culinary career has
spanned twenty years with leading Canadian organizations like Fairmont
Hotels, Marriott, and most recently, as the Corporate Executive Chef
and Manager of Research and Development for a major Canadian restaurant
"I'm excited to join Boston Pizza and have the opportunity to share my
experiences and culinary insights with the team," said Gray. "This role
gives me the opportunity to work with two things that I'm very
passionate about every single day - food and people. I love
collaborating to create new and exciting dishes, and I truly look
forward to sharing these dishes with Boston Pizza guests."
Gray received his formal training in Dublin, Ireland and moved to Canada
in 1991. In addition to working for some of the leading restaurant
brands in Canada, he was also one of the executive chefs at the XV
Commonwealth games in Victoria, BC. Dedicated to learning and further
developing his skills, Gray is a member of the Research Chefs
Association and is also one of very few Canadian chefs that is
currently pursuing a Masters in Product Development and Culinary
"As Canada's number one casual dining brand, Boston Pizza is known for
providing guests from coast to coast with great food that they crave,"
says Otto. "Michael will bring fresh and innovative ideas to menu
development, as well as a disciplined approach that will contribute
greatly to providing guests with an outstanding culinary experience,
while also driving operational excellence across the business."
About Boston Pizza
Boston Pizza International Inc. is Canada's No. 1 casual dining brand
with more than 340 restaurants in Canada. Annually, Boston Pizza serves
more than 40 million guests. The company has been recognized as one of
Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies and was named one of Canada's 10
Most Admired Corporate Cultures by Waterstone Human Capital for 2007
and 2008. Boston Pizza International Inc. is located in Richmond, B.C.
and has regional offices in Mississauga, Ontario and Laval, Quebec. For
more information visit www.bostonpizza.com.
SOURCE Boston Pizza International Inc.
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