The Metro Toronto Convention Centre Announces Completion of $29 Million Revitalization Project
TORONTO, ONTARIO, Oct 24, 2013 (Marketwired via COMTEX) --
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The Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC), Canada's most successful
meeting and convention venue, announced today its three-year $29
million renovation is now complete. Revitalization elements for the
premier facility included: an extensive kitchen renovation and
culinary upgrade, enhancements to the north building's meeting rooms
and redesigned conference rooms in the south building to provide more
flexible meeting spaces.
"We invested in these upgrades to remain competitive as a meeting and
convention facility," said Barry Smith, MTCC CEO. "The enhancements
create a contemporary look to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre,
heighten our green commitment, provide clients with the new
technologies essential for today's convention environments and
improve our guests' culinary experience by promoting the fresh,
homegrown tastes of Ontario."
Kitchen renovation details
Working with the internationally renowned consulting firm William
Caruso & Associates, the kitchen renovation plan has involved a
complete overhaul and is expected to be fully realized by November 1.
"The Metro Toronto Convention Centre now ranks among the best of the
best," said Bill Caruso, president of William Caruso & Associates.
"Culinary staff members are able to create restaurant-style recipes
that they can produce with high quality consistently in high volumes
because they now have the very best equipment and systems in place.
Today, MTCC is most definitely a culinary leader in Canada."
From floor to ceiling, MTCC's 14,000 square foot kitchen has been
-- 13 technology advanced combi ovens that can steam, bake and roast at the
same time have been installed. The combi ovens can be activated
remotely, maximizing service efficiencies for kitchen staff
-- Blast chillers quickly reduce food temperatures once cooked, ensuring
safer storage and food quality
-- New equipment has taken employee ergonomics in to consideration; soup
kettles have automatic stir and pour features making it easier and safer
for kitchen staff
-- The pastry kitchen has doubled in size to support an expanded offering
of on-site created desserts
-- The kitchen is wired for video presentations of cooking demonstrations
-- Energy efficient ovens can be programmed to cook during off peak times,
ideal for meals that require long, slow cooking periods
"Food is a key consideration when selecting an event venue," said
Richard Willett, MTCC's vice president of Food and Beverage. "At the
Metro Toronto Convention Centre, we understand that today's consumers
have a much more sophisticated palette. Menus must be creative and
paired with efficient service. Food is currency on the international
stage and the MTCC wants every competitive edge in the marketplace."
Willett leads a team of 49 full, part time and casual culinarians
including executive chef Angelo Fernandes, a pastry chef, executive
sous chef, four sous chefs and 10 apprentices. The kitchen talent
allows MTCC to create customized programs for each event. Locally
sourced produce enriches the authentic taste of Ontario, wowing
guests from around the world. A rooftop herb garden allows culinary
staff to cook with the freshest ingredients, maximizing flavour in
The new wine list features Ontario wines, which pair perfectly with
the local foods now being offered. "Sourcing and preparing locally
grown foods is making a Renaissance that our clients have
wholeheartedly embraced," said Willett. "The move to local is here to
New meeting spaces
Two new contemporary spaces are now available in the south building:
The Terrace (room 401) and Parkview (room 501) rooms. The Terrace
features floor to ceiling east-facing windows and, as the name
suggests, offers guests private access to an outdoor terrace.
Parkview can be configured into two smaller rooms and also boasts
floor to ceiling windows.
MTCC donates kitchen equipment to local charities
Each year the MTCC donates more than 25,000 pounds of food,
equivalent to more than 9,300 meals.
The Toronto District School Board now has additional kitchen
equipment to support its Student Nutrition Program. Fully functional
ovens, refrigerators and cooking accessories were donated by MTCC as
a way of giving back to the Greater Toronto Area community to ensure
students in need receive supplementary nutritious breakfast, snack
and lunch meals.
About the Metro Toronto Convention Centre
The Metro Toronto Convention Centre is Canada's number one convention
and trade show facility. Over the past 29 years, the Centre has
hosted approximately 15,000 events, entertained more than 40 million
guests and has added $4.7 billion in direct spending economic impact
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