TORONTO, November 27, 2014 – Celebrated chef and restaurateur Donna Dooher is the new Interim President and CEO at Restaurants Canada, the largest business association in the country for foodservice owners and operators.

Dooher, who is owner of Mildred’s Temple Kitchen in Toronto’s Liberty Village and a frequent guest on CTV’s The Social, will be at the helm of the association until a full-time replacement can be found.

In her new role, Dooher will be working closely with well-known Prince Edward Island restaurateur Liam Dolan. Dolan is currently Chair of the association and owns Claddagh Oyster House, Peak’s Quay Restaurant and Bar, and the Olde Dublin Pub.

Dooher has been on the Board of Directors of Restaurants Canada for nearly a decade. She is a leading restaurateur, chef, and cookbook author. Her newest venture, Mildred’s Temple Kitchen is admired for using locally sourced, seasonal ingredients to make simple yet sumptuous dishes.

“Having been a food service operator myself for more than 25 years I know first-hand the demands restaurant owners face,” says Dooher. “Providing exceptional customer experiences are not enough to keep a business profitable and sustainable. That’s why I’m proud to be part of Restaurants Canada – an organization that provides important support to make things a bit easier for foodservice business owners who have so much on their plate.”

Dooher recently shared her story in the video “I am a Restaurant,” produced by Restaurants Canada.

Restaurants Canada is one of Canada’s largest business associations, comprising 30,000 businesses in every segment of the foodservice industry, including restaurants, bars, caterers, institutions and their suppliers. Canada’s restaurant industry directly employs more than 1.1 million Canadians, contributes $68 billion a year to the Canadian economy, and serves more than 18 million customers every day.

Photos: High-res photos of Donna Dooher and Liam Dolan are available on the Restaurants Canada website.

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