Pasqualino’s restaurant in Milton, Ontario has been approved for a franchise location of Liaison College, a private career college focused exclusively on career training in the culinary arts.
“We believe that there are great career opportunities for chefs, sous chefs, sommeliers and restaurant managers in Canada, for those who have had professional training,” stated Domenic Pasqualino, co-founder of Pasqualino’s with his wife Maria. “We believe our restaurant and our chosen staff can provide the best instruction and the hands-on experience that is an essential part of that training.”
Pasqualino’s has become a landmark in downtown Milton over the past 15 years and has doubled its capacity recently as a result of its continuing success. Its renowned cuisine, service and wine cellar attract customers from across the Greater Toronto Area.
“By partnering with Liaison College in applying for Milton’s first training college for culinary arts, my family and I are extending our commitment to Milton,” explained Maria Pasqualino. “Through them we will have access to a well-developed and proven curriculum that will help ensure the success of our students.”
Liaison College is Canada’s largest private culinary arts and chef training facility and has graduated more than 10,000 students, many of whom now work in Canada’s most prestigious restaurants. Liaison currently has nine locations registered with the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development and five of which have the Designated Learning Institution status from Canada Immigration allowing them to enroll international students.
“Liaison College is pleased to add its 10th campus location in Milton, Ontario in the coming months,” stated Susanne Mikler, Liaison College co-founder. ” Liaison’s tradition of training kitchen staff has been an asset to the foodservice industry since 1996 and we look forward to continuing the tradition as we spread our culinary wings into the Halton Region. Working with the finest restaurant establishment, Pasqualino, gives us immense pride and we will be using our strategic partnership to benefit all stakeholders in the community for many years to come.”
Domenic Pasqualino commented that the provincial government’s announced intentions to support a full university/college campus in Milton’s planned Education Village fuelled their desire to offer culinary arts as a post-secondary career option.
“We hope that in the near future, we will be able to extend our training college into the Milton Education Village campus,” he explained. “By applying for approval to the province now for our school, we will have the opportunity to get established first at our restaurant and then grow with Milton’s coming student population.”
The Pasqualino family has committed to bringing to their downtown Milton restaurant, a unique dining experience of outstanding Italian cuisine, service and decor. They focus on the finer details from selecting choice cuts of meats and fish, to the freshest D.O.P. (Protected Destination of Origin) ingredients, to handmade pastas, breads and pizza dough, using organic natural yeast and baked in their wood fired oven. Their wines in the extensive wine cellars are the finest, hand-picked from Italy and around the best wine regions of the world.
The restaurant’s newly-expanded kitchens and lower-level event room will be used during school hours as training and classroom facilities. Business associate Giovanni Scarchilli who is also president of the Association of Italian Chefs of Canada, will be acting as curriculum coordinator and chief instructor when the program is introduced in the new year.
Photo: Joining in the announcement of Liaison College’s tenth Culinary Arts Campus at Pasqualino’s restaurant are (L to R): Rudy Florio, Liaison College co-founder; Indira Naidoo-Harris; Pasqualino restaurant owners Domenic and Maria Pasqualino; Susanne Mikler, Liaison College co-founder; and Milton Mayor Gord Krantz.