Lakeside Catering Services
Specializing in children's summer camp catering since 2005.

Our Mission and Partners

We are dedicated to ensuring we are the leaders in our industry in quality food and excellent service.  We believe that to do so, we must lead the way with better salaries and more personnel than the industry standard.  By allocating the right amount of resources to our kitchens and only taking on new clients if we are sure we can do the job well, our clients can rest assured that no problem is too big for us to solve.

We are a preferred vendor with the Ontario Camps Association, hold purchasing accounts with Sysco and Gambles as well as several other food vendors, and at some of our locations we work hand in hand with the Kashrut Council of Canada.  We believe by using superior suppliers and ingredients we strengthen our partnerships and our services.

Gabriel Schmerler and Matthew Dunn

Owners, Operators, Chefs, and sometimes even Dishwashers.

Gabriel Schmerler first started in the food industry in 1985, cooking in some of the most acclaimed restaurants in Toronto at the time.  He grew his experience and knowledge through cooking and managing a wide variety of venues including fine-dining restaurants, resorts, children's summer camps, tall ships, oil rig camps, forest fire camps, and tree planting camps.

During his first years in the industry, and as a student at George Brown College, Gabriel accumulated the hours and training to challenge and earn his Red Seal in 1989.  In 2001, Gabriel followed his life long dream to open a retreat center in Costa Rica ( ).  

Gabriel joined Lakeside Catering Services as business partner while it was just getting started and has worked full time since then to develop Lakeside into the leader in camp catering that it is today.



Matthew Dunn started in the food service industry at 16 and has been immersed in it ever since.  He attended culinary school at SAIT in Calgary after accumulating 7 years of experience in the food industry, and has since been responsible for restaurants and food service operations in South Africa, the United States, and all over Canada.  His experience varies from casual fine dining to pubs, private golf clubs, oil rig camps, and children's summer camps.  

He started with Lakeside Catering as a head chef in 2013, and joined the company as Gabriel's business partner in 2015.  He strives to provide an encouraging and positive work experience for his staff, and a level-headed approach to problem solving for his clients.  He believes that customer satisfaction rests upon the foundation of his employees and the support they are provided with.


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