Culinary Management alumnus Raymond Costain recently opened an intercontinental street food restaurant in south Etobicoke after many years of the successful operation of his food festival-winning food truck.
In November 2018, Raymond opened Dope as Duck following renovations, but when the city building permit was finally approved in February 2019 amidst the pandemic, the restaurant pivoted to take-out and delivery only options.
Raymond is well-known for his classics with a twist, including Dope as Duck's signature duck mac and cheese, tacos, sandwiches and churro donuts.
"It’s food I’ve eaten travelling and made as a chef,” said Raymond, a classically trained chef with 15 years’ experience. “It’s authentic food with the right flavours. It’s like festival-type food, which is funky. I bring the flavour, but it still has to be (accessible).”
Raymond has plans to hire staff and start doing his own deliveries. Currently, his restaurant can be found on DoorDash, Skip the Dishes, Uber Eats and Ritual.
"I am a huge supporter of Humber College for helping me achieve my dreams," he said. Before enrolling in the Culinary Management program, I often experienced a difficult time expressing myself and had doubts about my future. The amount of love and support I received from every faculty member that I came across helped me to grow, achieve my goals and become the Chef I am today. The learning opportunity there allowed me to take my first trip ever and complete an internship in Italy. My goal is to start a bursary or scholarship fund in order to help students and return the favour since I was also fortunate to receive two of them myself - Baking Excellence and the Garland Bursary. I have a lot of amazing memories and it all started at Humber. and I am forever grateful for all of my experiences there."
Click here to read the full article on toronto.com