OTTAWA — Germain Hotels has re-opened Jackson Café, located within the Ottawa Art Gallery. Additionally, the company has welcomed chef Che Chartrand as the executive chef for Norca Restaurant & Bar and Jackson Café.
Germain Hotels is strengthening its partnership with the Ottawa Art Gallery by taking over the management of Jackson Café, which had been closed for more than three years. Whether it’s for breakfast, lunch or just a break, the café showcases selected coffees from Saint-Henri Mirco-Torréfacteurs and pastries from Maison Oddo. It also offers a variety of sandwiches and salads that are skillfully prepared in the kitchens of Norca Restaurant.
“This is an extraordinary opportunity to offer our guests another way to experience German Hotels’ hospitality,” says Jacques-Alexandre Paquet, GM of Le Germain Hotel Ottawa. “As we built the Ottawa Art Gallery, we got to know the Germain family, who own and operate the hotel next to us and over the past five years, we’ve been impressed by their commitment to quality and exceptional hospitality. They also have a keen interest in nurturing Canadian arts and culture, which makes them the perfect partner for our café, which is named after the famed Group of Seven artist A.Y. Jackson, who lived and worked in Ottawa and whose paintings and sketches you can find in our Firestone Gallery,” says Alexandra Badzak, director and CEO, Ottawa Art Gallery.
Furthermore, chef Chartrand began his career at the Les Fougères, Beckta and Gazellig restaurants. Subsequently, he served as the executive chef at the Wakefield Mill and Spa for a few years. More recently, he held the position of private executive chef to the Prime Minister of Canada for four years. Finally, chef Chartrand was in charge of all catering for the official broadcasters and media groups during the FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
“We’re confident that with his impressive background, chef Che will enable us to offer our guests one of the most exceptional culinary experiences in Ottawa,” says Paquet.