Food Services and Hospitality Leadership Program

I’m a Participant

The Food Services and Hospitality Leadership Program is a Toronto based program by Owlware Ltd.

We assist the disAbility community with their career paths in the food industry & help companies lead the way to more inclusive hiring.

The Program

Taking place at ‘The Stop’ in Wychwood Barns Toronto, The ‘Hospitality and Food Services Leadership Program’ is a certificate program that offers Torontonians of all disabilities and backgrounds an immersive learning and work experience in the field of ‘Food & Hospitality’.

What We Provide


All candidates should bring with them a multitude of skills or work experience and an interest in pursuing a career in the Food Industry
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Our Instructor and Program

A successful chef for over 20 years within Toronto, including his acting role as Chef at the fifth best rated restaurant in Toronto “Peppercorns”. Chef Smiley has years of experience delivering superior corporate catering and experience across fine dining and congregate dining.

On June 24th, 2012, Smiley was robbed, shot and left for dead. After a long road, Smiley still keeps his charm and strength to continue to stay strong throughout the bumpy road that still lies in front of him… Smiley was left a paraplegic but still had full use of his hands, his cooking senses, and went right back to work feeding our students in public schools.

Through the collaboration of Owlware Ltd and Chef Smiley, the ‘Food & Hospitality Leadership Program’ was developed to provide the disAbility community with basic entry level culinary skills and certification. Trainees acquire employment skills and also learn how to feed themselves. We believe nutritious and nourishing food is a human right for all communities.

Using The Stop’s kitchen at the Wychwood Barns, a charitable organization and community hub that addresses food insecurity, the outcome of this program is to enable persons with disabilities an opportunity to learn basic kitchen skills and beyond, develop healthy cooking habits, and job search within local BIA’s.

The most profound part of this experience is working with other disabled individuals and observing their growth and helping them find purpose in work.On a personal level it has improved my morale, my health and has given me purpose to work again.” – Chef Smiley

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