Meet the Team

Brad Lomanto

Executive chef

Brad Lomanto came to Conestoga from the Cambridge Mill where he spent eight years as executive chef.

A graduate of the Niagara College culinary program, Lomanto has always made education part of his career given that he is always instructing and learning as a chef. At Bloom, Lomanto offers his experience and practical approach to cooking professionally and enjoys seeing students make progress in the profession and in their lives.

"This is another restaurant in town, not just the college restaurant. We're going to operate for customers and cook what people want to eat right now, in this season and what farmers and markets are offering at the moment just as much as we can. That's exactly the way I've always run kitchens, and I want to expose students to those processes."

-Brad Lomanto


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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