Food Services Training Program


We bring good food to your table. We pride ourselves on customizing menus that work with events and budgets.

Drinks & Snacks

We make healthy and affordable prepared foods to go. Daily breakfast specials are also available.

Food Services Training Program:

Since 2004, through our successful job training program, 90% of our graduates go on to work in the food service industry.

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Our Story

Chef Ric’s embraces the legacy of the former Rideau Bakery. Established by the Kardish Family (1930), which provided warmth and a feeling of home for 90 years. ‘Chef Ric’s’ follows this vision through:

1. healthy and affordable prepared foods;
2. an expanded catering service; and
3. an expanded Food Services Training Program

Chef Ric’s is a unique social enterprise for The Ottawa Mission and a community asset for people from all walks of life. We’re so grateful for our donors and partners for your support to help even more people in need.

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The Food Services Training Program

For men and women looking to change their lives, the FSTP is a four-month job training program to teach the skills needed to work in a commercial kitchen. FSTP applicants must demonstrate only one qualification to be accepted — a desire to change their lives for the better.

Students pay no costs and we ensure they have all the tools they need to succeed. Students graduate with not only a credential that allows them to be self-supporting, but also with newfound confidence, pride and dignity.

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An Ottawa Mission Project

The Ottawa Mission is deeply appreciative of the generosity of our donors and partners. We are pleased to recognize principal supporters who made Chef Ric’s possible.

Anand & Saroj

Anonymous Donor

Anonymous Donor

Tom A. Skinner

Ontario Trillium Foundation

Canyon Foundation Fund

Crabtree Foundation

Government of Canada

 In The Spirit Giving Foundation

Malhotra Family Foundation

Ottawa Community Foundation

 RBC Foundation

 The Westeinde Family

Anonymous Donor

 CORADIX Technology Consulting

Lawrence Greenspon

 Michael Moffatt

Taggart Parkes Foundation

Sheila Whyte

Anonymous Donors

Archer Environmental Solutions Inc.

Capital Meat

 CF Ottawa

Johnny Veg at Orleans Fresh Fruit

Gerry & Sue Langlois

 St. Lawrence College Employment Services

The Don and Shirley Green Family Foundation

Michael Church

Thyme and Again Creative Catering

 Tallyho Inc.

 Tania Kratt Interior Architecture & Design

Dr. Robert Cushman

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