Boston Pizza Names Michael Gray Director Of Culinary And Executive Chef
New hire reinforces Boston Pizza’s commitment to culinary innovation and excellence
September 14, 2011, Toronto, ON – 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 chain.
“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 Entrepreneurship.
“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 http://www.bostonpizza.com.
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