Meet the Chefs


Meet the Owners..

Lisa Shamai, President

Mike Ryan, Vice President


About Lisa….

Since 1989, Lisa Shamai Cuisiniere has built it’s name as one of Toronto’s Premier Caterers. For corporate functions, private parties, weddings and any other conceivable event, we offer the freshest and tastiest cuisine available, along with unmatched expertise and personalized service. Our spacious, on-site Rainbow Room is our exclusive events rental space perfect for small to medium sized events .

“I started off at home in the mid 80’s, doing everything myself. Now, with more than 30 full-time and 20 part-time employees, I don’t cook so much – except of course for my son and inspiration, Ethan, and my dear husband. With a larger business come different rewards… like receiving the Riverdale Business Community’s Woman Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2001. Our secret to success is maintaining the homemade spirit and integrity in everything we create. Well it was a secret….I’m very proud and continue to help educate our community about healthy foods through workshops and classes.”

About Mike Ryan, our go to guy…

Mike Ryan, a man of many talents is the other half of a dynamic duo. As Vice President, Mike takes care of all the details insuring a smooth and successful event. When he’s not in the kitchen, Mike spends his time playing with his band, Bitter Blue, a rock & blues band.

“Food is my second favorite thing, next to writing & performing music! I’ve always loved planning parties, & enjoy doing it here at lisas. I’m spoiled by the food we make, & am excited about sharing it with you! Contact me anytime!


Meet Our Wonderful Staff…

Pat Chathiresan, Head Chef/Purchasing Manager

If you are feeling spicy, Pat’s your man. He brings his love for Indian, Asian and Caribbean foods to your platter. Pat looks after all purchases as well as managing our bustling kitchen — always with a generous dollop of his friendly, charismatic manner.


David Kearney,  Sales Manager

Dave Kearney, the newest  member of our family, has proved to be very talented and knowledgeable in the kitchen. An ambitious and passionate person, you will be seeing and hearing from David a lot more. We are happy to have him join us! Keep up the excellent work!



Our Creative Cooks