November 13, 2011

Announcing a new partnership

Post by Chef Corbin


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Corbin Tomaszeski Announced as New ROM Executive Chef
Celebrity Chef Corbin launches new menus throughout ROM foodservices

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(Toronto, Ontario – November 3, 2011) The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), in partnership with Restaurant Associates (a division of Compass Group Canada), today announced Chef Corbin as the ROM’s new Executive Chef. Chef Corbin brings to the ROM over 20 years experience in some of Canada’s finest restaurants, including Holt Renfrew Toronto. He is also television host and food expert on Dinner Party Wars, Restaurant Makeover and Crash My Kitchenon Food Network and HGTV Canada.

Chef Corbin is designing new menus for ROM foodservices including c5 Restaurant Lounge, serving thoughtful, elegant world cuisine atop the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal, Food Studio Café, a creative eatery featuring global home cooking for the whole family, and the ROM’s resident catering service, c5 Catering.

“We are pleased to welcome Chef Corbin to our ROM foodservices team,” said Janet Carding, ROM Director and CEO. “His creation of distinctive gastronomic experiences will make dining here a fundamental and enjoyable part of everybody’s ROM visit.”

“My style is simple, but classic,” said Chef Corbin. “I believe the best meals use everyday ingredients to create beautifully presented dishes that are uncomplicated, accessible and appealing to everyone. The ROM is an iconic Toronto destination bringing people together to celebrate nature and culture. Dining at the ROM’s restaurants reflect the Museum’s heritage through food.”

The new c5 menu includes a variety of timeless tastes, appealing to visitors of all ages. Guests are welcomed at the table to Chef Corbin’s truffle potato chips with fleur de sel and fresh herbs. Choice appetizers include fresh-baked flatbread with seasonal toppings. Among the signature main dishes is a lobster BLT salad, with applewood-smoked bacon, crispy fried tomatoes, romaine hearts and tarragon dressing. Also on the menu is a classic pot pie, featuring free-range stewed chicken with Ontario root vegetables and potatoes. For dessert, diners may savour a rich apple Tarte Tatin with vanilla and almond ice cream.

In response to Museum visitor demand, c5 now offers expanded lunch restaurant hours seven days a week, open Monday through Sunday from 11 am to 3 pm, with brunch offerings on Saturday and
Sunday. As a leader in event planning and catering, c5 will now be available for private evening functions seven days a week.

Ted Corrado, c5’s former Executive Chef, has been promoted to Regional Executive Chef for Compass Leisure (a subsidiary of Compass Group Canada). In his new role, Chef Ted will provide culinary oversight of leisure properties Canada-wide.

About Dining at the ROM
c5 Restaurant Lounge is a striking 120-seat venue located at the pinnacle (Level 5) of the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal, the renowned Daniel Libeskind-designed addition to the ROM. With interior design by II by IV Design Associates, c5’s crisp, sunlit dining room and sophisticated, trend-forward lounge set the stage for elegant lunch and brunch dining. To make reservations for c5 Restaurant Lounge, call 416.586.7928 or visit ROM Members call 416.586.8095.

Located on Level B1 of the ROM’s Philosophers’ Walk building, Food Studio Café is a casual 325-seat family restaurant dedicated to world home cooking highlighting the connection between people, the planet and the environment. Celebrating Ontario’s bounty, Food Studio Café serves up healthy menu options and freshly made favourites, such as salads, pizza, soup and sandwiches sure to please all tastes.

c5 Catering provides a restaurant-style dining experience in a ROM gallery setting. Whether dining in stunning c5 Restaurant Lounge, sampling hors d’oeuvres amongst the dinosaurs or enjoying a cocktail surrounded by gems and minerals, c5 Catering creates memorable experiences through exceptional fare.

About Restaurant Associates

Restaurant Associates is recognized as the nation’s premier hospitality company, operating over 100 prestigious locations. Restaurant Associates, based in New York City, provides premium food services to museums, performing arts centers, aquariums, corporate dining, educational facilities and catering events in New York City, Boston, Hartford, Atlanta, Washington D.C., Philadelphia and Toronto. Restaurant Associates is a subsidiary of Compass Group North America, the leading foodservice and support services company. For more about Restaurant Associates refer to:

About Compass Group Canada

Compass Group Canada is the country’s leading foodservice and support services company, with over $1.4 billion in revenues in 2010 and over 23,000 associates across the country. Operating sectors include: Canteen Vending Services, Chartwells, Compass Group Leisure & Entertainment, Crothall, Eurest Dining, Eurest Services, ESS, Gourmet Cuisine, Marquise Group, Morrison, Levy Restaurants, Restaurant Associates, and The Hurley Corporation. For more information about Compass Group Canada refer to:

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The Royal Ontario Museum is an agency of the Government of Ontario. Opened in 1914, Canada’s largest museum of natural history and world cultures has six million objects in its collections and galleries showcasing art, archaeology and natural science. For 24-hour information in English and French, please call 416.586.8000 or visit the ROM’s web site at Tickets to the ROM are available online at