About

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Our Mission

Our mission is to help people learn the secrets of the culinary arts and discover the richness of the National Capital Region’s terroir through its food, food producers, artisans and partners, all in a pleasant and memorable ambiance that only C’est Bon Cooking can offer.

C'est Bon Cooking - Chef Andrée teaching

Our Story

C'est Bon Cooking has been operating as both a cooking school and food tour company since 2009. In 2016 Chef Andrée Riffou passed the C’est Bon Cooking torch on to Chef Georges Laurier and Stefanie Siska.

Georges and Stefanie wish to express their profound gratitude to Chef Andrée for inspiring residents and tourists of the National Capital Region alike to discover the great joys of cooking.

Chef Georges Laurier - C'est Bon Cooking

Georges Laurier, Co-owner and Chef

A native of Hull (Gatineau), Georges’ passion for cooking started at the age of 15 when he started working for a small local catering company.

Chef Georges interned at the Intercontinental Hotel, The Beau Rivage in Switzerland, and in restaurants in France and in New York, and participated in many culinary competitions including the 1986 Culinary Olympics in Frankfurt as a back-up member to the Ottawa-Hull team.

In August 1995, Georges opened Laurier sur Montcalm, an intimate and charming restaurant located in a renovated railway station in his home town. After closing his restaurant in 2003,  Georges secured positions as Executive Chef at renowned establishments such as Café Henry Burger, the American Ambassador’s residence, the Wakefield Mill Inn, the Canadian History Museum, the Camelot Golf and Country Club, and Hotel Quintessence in Mont-Tremblant. You might have also caught him on Food Network's Cook Like A Chef series in which he co-starred with other Canadian top Chefs. Up until recently, Georges has been a frequent guest Chef at C’est Bon Cooking.

Always on the look out to find the best, freshest local and national ingredients, Georges is keenly interested in showcasing regional ingredients in his cooking.

Stefanie Siska - C'est Bon Cooking

Stefanie Siska, Co-owner and General Manager

For more than 20 years, Stefanie has been an Independent Sales Consultant with Pampered Chef Canada. Upon completing degrees in Communications (Ottawa U) and Film Studies (Carleton U), she launched her communications and marketing career by working for a variety of national associations, namely the Canadian Film Institute, the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, and the Canadian Association of Broadcasters.

A self-professed foodie, Stefanie is a staunch believer in the gift of food and the craftsmanship behind transforming it.

Travel, discovery, and food are at the heart of everything she does. If she’s not teaching people quick and easy meal prep with her Pampered Chef(R) kitchen tools, she’s exploring the culinary richness of new neighbourhoods, towns or countries. She actively participates in tourism activities that promote Ottawa as a member of Ottawa Tourism's Board of Directors and Travel Trade Committee.

Originally from Northern Ontario, Stefanie lives in Ottawa with her husband and two daughters.

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Our Facilities

Our current facility is located in the historic ByWard Market area, centrally located to the food markets, artisans and producers we feature in some of our tours, and within walking distance to the Shaw Centre, Parliament Buildings and downtown. Housing 2 kitchens, a boutique and a meeting room, the space is both welcoming and carefully appointed to give every culinary experience a first-class touch.

C'est Bon Tour Guides

Our Team

C'est Bon Cooking relies on a team of professional chefs and tour guides to deliver our culinary experiences.  Meet our team!

Resident Chefs

Guides

Elina Olefirenko - Pastry Chef

Carmen MacDonald - English and French

Rawan al Wadaa - Pastry and Cuisine Chef

Marthanne Robson - English and French

Cindy Toffanello - Cuisine Chef, Sommelier

Cindy Toffanello - English and Italian

Jelena Brunet - Pastry Chef

Narimane Ait Hamou - English, French and Arab

Maria Borjas - Pastry Chef

Erika Mery - English and French

Julie Barbeau-Capruciu, ND.A - Naturopatic Nutritionist

Maritala Roa - English, French and Spanish

  Halyna Beznaczuk - English, Ukranian

 

C'est Bon partners

Our Partners

In order to deliver our tour programming, we also work closely with dozens of local restaurants, chefs, food shops, producers, artisans and suppliers in the region such as these (see below). C'est Bon Cooking is also a proud member of Ottawa Tourism, the Global Food Tourism Association and the World Food Travel Association.

Alicja Confections Happy Goat Coffee Quelque Chose Pâtisseries
Art Is In Bakery Herb & Spice Shop - Wellington Roberto's Pizza
Aurelius Food Co. Honey Boba Rochon Gardens
Beyond The Pale Brewery House of Cheese Sanguiccio Deli Café
Bread By Us Hummingbird Chocolate Shafali Bazaar
Cacao 70 Kettleman's Bagels SmoQue Shack
Canada In A Basket / Canada dans un panier Knifewear Stubbe Chocolates
Ciccio's Ristorante Kochin Kitchen Sula Wok
Compiano (Little Italy) Bakery Koichi Ramen Stella Luna Gelato Café 
Corazon de Maiz Mantovani 1946 Suzy Q Donuts
Craft Beer Market Maverick Donuts Tea Store
Cupcake Lounge Meat Press Shop The Green Door Restaurant
Das Lokal Moo Shu Ice Cream The Momo Spot
Eldon's Restaurant Maple Country Sugar Bush The Table Restaurant
Escape Bicycle Tours & Rentals NU Grocery The Unrefined Olive
Ferme Gravelle Oriental Charm Houseware & Gifts Three Tarts Bakery
Ferme Lacroix Ottawa Bagel Shop Thyme & Again - Wellington
French Baker / Boulanger français Parma Ravioli Wild Oat Bakery & Café
Fiazza Fresh Fired Pasticceria Gelateria Italiana   
Garland Sugarshack Phuket Royal  
Gourmet Grilled Cheese Pietro's Corner  
Grand Pizzeria & Bar Planet Coffee  
The Green Door Restaurant Play Food & Wine  
Guru's Inspired Food Bar