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Culinary Heights

Two McMaster Chefs have achieved lofty status in the culinary world. Hospitality Services Executive Chef Paul Hoag and Chef John Barreda have attained their Certified Chef de Cuisine (CCC) Designation. The CCC designation is the second highest professional culinary recognition and accreditation in the world. It represents the culmination of the highest standards of managerial and administrative responsibilities, culinary skills and dedication to the cooking profession.

To qualify for the program chefs must have an extensive resume and be a member of the Certified Chefs Federation. Once accepted into the program only 20% of applicants are successful in attaining the CCC designation.

The CCC designation program is 5-months long and consists of in-class courses, theory testing, an 8-hour final written exam and a 7-hour cooking exam consisting of six 6 courses.

McMaster is proud to have not one, but two CCC designated chefs!

July 5, 2017

John Barreda and Paul Hoag


A tree planting ceremony to celebrate McMaster Hospitality Services first off-campus location with The Atrium Cafe at McMaster Innovation Park.

Chris Roberts and Paramount Foods CEO

Meeting with Paramount Foods

Hospitality Services Director Chris Roberts met with Paramount Foods CEO and President Mohamad Fakih to discuss a partnership that would see the Middle Eastern Cuisine concept open on the McMaster Campus this summer. Paramount was recently named the Top Halal restaurant in Canada and is also the fastest growing Middle Eastern Food chain in Canada. Centro in the Commons Building will be the home for the concept which features Healthy, Vegetarian and Halal cuisine. “The Paramount Foods partnership fully aligns with our objectives of increasing both our diversity and our healthier options within food service on campus” stated Roberts.

February 10, 2017


McMaster University was proudly represented at the IKA World Culinary Olympics which took place in Erfurt, Germany in late October. More than 2,000 chefs from over 50 countries prepared 7,000 menus. The World Culinary Olympics is the true Mecca for gourmets, gastronomes and chefs.

McMaster Hospitality Services Executive Chef Paul Hoag was a competitive member of both Team Golden Horseshoe and Team Ontario. The teams came home with 11 medals from this world class event.

Paul Hoag in Germany 2016


A team of McMaster Chefs consisting of Paul Hoag, Lincoln Crowe, John Barreda and Manager Catherine Young won the Grand Prize Gold Medal and a Gold medal for Best Dessert at the Canadian College and University Food Service Association (CCUFSA) Culinary Competition in Toronto.

The theme of the competition was connecting culture with flavour using ingredients found within a 100-mile radius of Toronto for the purpose of reflecting the cultural diversity of Toronto.

Each team was asked to design and prepare a three-course meal using certain designated products. After the judging takes place the dinner is then served to 200 conference attendees.


ACF Competition

McMaster Hospitality Services Chefs David Fisher, Leigh Laidlaw and Demian Melnyk received silver medals at the American Culinary Federation. The multi-day competition is a highly regarded skill-based event represented by some of the top level University culinary teams from across North America.

(dailynews.mcmaster.ca - July 2016)

ACF Silver Medal
Centro Top 10 on HuffPost

McMaster University - Centro at Commons Ranked Number 4 among 10 Canadian Universities With the Best Food

Centro at Commons, located in the heart of the North Quad, is a diverse marketplace that satisfies just about everyone through its healthy food, themed dinners, international cuisine, great campus view and special events (Hello, Super Bowl!). CENTRO also has a relaxing dining atmostphere which includes big screen TVs, areas for socialization and spectacular views.

HuffPost Living - October 21, 2015

CCUFSA - Uncorking Creativity Award

McMaster won gold out of three categories at the Canadian College and University Food Services Association's "UNCORKING CREATIVITY" competion in Niagara Falls: "Judge's Choice" for the Technical Composition and Presentation of the Menu as well as "Best Dessert".

McMaster Chefs and their team spent about two months on food preparation and presentation. Beside the pefect menu using local ingredients, the team also used live actors dressed in British mililary uniforms and other props to make their display unique.


CCUFSA 2 Medals
Most Vegan 2010 Award

Peta2 - Most Vegetarian-Friendly University in Canada

For the second year in a row, McMaster has made the peta2 list, boasting wonderfully creative vegetarian and vegan options. More than 10,000 people voted in peta2's online contest to name the Mcmaster the Most Vegetarian-Friendly University in Canada. After placing first among vegetarian-friendly Canadian universities last year, McMaster came back this year thanks to the amazing menu at Bridges Café.