TORONTO — The Ryerson University leadership team has decided against renewing its long-standing contract with contract-caterers Aramark; instead they will work with Chartwells.
“We are pleased to announce that Ryerson has a new foodservices management agreement with Chartwells. This agreement is part of our ongoing commitment to improve food at Ryerson, which began with extensive consultations with our community,” reads a letter from Julia Hanigsberg, VP, Administration and Finance to Ryerson staff and students.
Ryerson also hired Joshna Maharaj as assistant director, Foodservices and executive chef. Maharaj previously served as chef and food advocate at The Scarborough Hospital and Sick Kids Hospital to redevelop foodservices with an emphasis on locally sourced, wholesome, homemade food.
The university was criticized last year, when the Toronto Star reported it was paying millions to Aramark for running its on-campus food operations at a loss. It also sparked a debate between the administration and students on issues such as student-friendly prices, local and sustainable food options and quality of food.