TORONTO — A selection of Ontario’s university and college students who are completing foodservice programs had their moment to shine last night as industry insiders fêted the rising stars, presenting them with more than 40 bursaries at the 2015 Canadian Association of Foodservice Professional’s (CAFP) Student Awards Night at Toronto’s.Chelsea Hotel.
“I know the pride at the tables from the schools. We work so hard, and we do it as a group,” said Steve Croft, president, Toronto Branch of CAFP, referring to the CAFP team and its members. “We’re all about retaining talent coming out of our schools.”
This year a handful of new awards were introduced, including the Frankie Tomatto’s honour and Jim Treliving’s Boston Pizza Award. The Mitch Kostuch Memorial Award was also introduced. “We recognize the value Mitch brought to this industry,” said Angelo Colalillo, Toronto CAFP director and the evening’s host, of the late founder of Foodservice and Hospitality magazine. Kostuch’s son, Jim, CEO of TrainCan Inc., presented the inaugural award to a Ryerson student.
Throughout the night, students were encouraged to network and find job opportunities through their CAFP connections. “We look forward to seeing you in the industry,” Colalillo said. “We look forward to seeing you shine.”