Telling the story of prince gourmet is in inevitably taking about the founder and the master of this growing business, the chef by excellence Ibrahim.
In 1972 and immediately after his graduation from the famous Hotelery School of Lebanon, Ibrahim Cheatani was brought to Canada from Lebanon by the holiday inn chain of hotels to work for them as a chef. With his new experience, he became a professional chef and culinary teacher. For several years, he worked as a chef for the big Fairmont hotels, Château Laurier and Chateau Montebello. He then decided to open his own business. In 1990, he opened Café la Méditerannée in Gatineau,
Québec. The first Shawarma business was established in 2006 in Kanata. It was than called Shawarma prince. Not strange to ambitious Lebanese families, family growth means business growth. Ibrahim worked really hard to ensure that the new comers of his family would benefit and grow with him in his business. He started to open new locations and delegated them to his family members until the 6 locations target was reached in 2012.
With the help of his brother Kassem, the re-‐branding and the franchising process was the goal put in place in order to evolve as a proper franchise business. This happened with goodwill and feedback from his loyal customers and friends. Shawarma prince was re-‐branded in 2013 to become Prince Gourmet. This was done in order to give the brand a different and non-‐traditional aspect of Shawarma and Lebanese food, and also a name that reflects the real Gourmet food served at its locations.