Founded in 1993 by Peter Oliver and Michael Bonacini, Oliver & Bonacini Hospitality is recognized as one of Canada’s leading restaurant and event groups. With locations in Toronto, Montreal, Calgary, Edmonton and beyond, O&B’s diverse portfolio includes a collection of unique and innovative restaurants, event spaces, a bakery, and several strategic partnerships. O&B’s restaurants include à la carte dining, quick service, catering, grocery and special events. The company’s private dining and events division, Oliver & Bonacini Events and Catering manage several large-scale event venues, including Arcadian, The Carlu, Malaparte, and others.
Oliver & Bonacini credits its success to developing a strong corporate culture where food quality and service are valued above all else. With even further expansion ahead, Oliver & Bonacini’s food and service excellence standards remain the main focus of the company’s vision.
Oliver & Bonacini Hospitality is a private company owned by our founders, Peter Oliver and Michael Bonacini, who first began their partnership in 1993 with the opening of Jump.
As devout foodies, we purchase only the best ingredients from suppliers who share our commitment to quality. Our shared, unwavering love of food can be tasted in every dish we serve.
We aim to leave lasting, positive impressions on every guest through our intelligent, enthusiastic and emotional service.
Peter Oliver & Michael Bonacini
Peter Oliver was born in Cape Town, South Africa, and moved to Canada in 1967 to attend McGill University. He opened his first restaurant in 1978 after a successful career in stock brokerage and commercial real estate.
A passionate leader of O&B’s legendary service culture, he took great pride in conducting each employee orientation, personally sharing Oliver & Bonacini’s vision, values and expectations.
Peter founded The Leacock Foundation, which has raised over $20 million for children’s causes and constructed three schools in South Africa. He was also a Governor of the ROM and National Chair of the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation’s Ride for a Cure.
An industry pioneer, Peter passed away in September 2022 after a battle with stage IV cancer. He is remembered for his generous spirit, contagious smile and remarkable 45-year career in hospitality.
Michael Bonacini was born in South Wales. He trained classically under Chef Anton Mosimann at London’s Dorchester Hotel before immigrating to Canada in 1985 and partnering with Peter Oliver in 1993 to create Oliver & Bonacini Restaurants.
In 1996, he was awarded the Ontario Hostelry Institute’s first-ever Gold Award to recognize his significant contribution to culinary excellence in Ontario. In 2010, Michael released his first cookbook, 3 Chefs: The Kitchen Men.
He has appeared regularly on Citytv’s Cityline as well as The Marilyn Denis Show, and currently appears as a judge on CTV’s MasterChef Canada.
In 2019, he was appointed to the Board of Directors for the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. At O&B, Michael drives the culinary program and oversees design and construction on all new projects.
A Love of Food & Serving the Best
“Ultimately at O&B, we think of ourselves as foodies. We want to build relationships with farmers and suppliers who understand our commitment to quality and excellence. We want to know how our food is grown and where it comes from. And we want our chefs to be using local and seasonal ingredients so that they are at their very best.”
Michael Bonacini, Co-Founder
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The partnership of Peter Oliver, a businessman, and Michael Bonacini, a chef, was established in 1993 with the opening of Jump. Oliver & Bonacini is now recognized as one of Canada’s leading hospitality companies.