Meet the team

Dan McCowan

Executive chef

Dan McCowan, owner and chef of uptown Waterloo's Red House, is the executive chef at Bloom.

McCowan graduated from the Chef Apprentice program at George Brown College and later returned to the region to serve as executive chef at Bauer Kitchen and Charcoal Steakhouse before turning to his own venture and opening Red House in April 2013.

"I'm excited to see how I can help grow the program in the coming years. I've really come to enjoy the collaboration and coaching side of things at this point in my career."

-Dan McCowan


Excellence in education

Bloom is located within Conestoga’s School of Hospitality & Culinary Arts – a leader in culinary and hospitality programming that prepares students for successful careers in Canada’s dynamic tourism industry. Following a $58 million campus expansion at Conestoga’s Waterloo campus in 2018, students now have access to state-of-the-art culinary skills labs.

Conestoga is Ontario’s only college included in the Institut Paul Bocuse Worldwide Alliance, the leading global network of education excellence for culinary arts and the hospitality trades.


Taste Academy workshops

Explore the culinary and baking workshops offered in Conestoga's labs.

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Full-time programs

Conestoga offers many full-time programs in both hospitality and culinary arts.

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