Eleanor Kane obtained a master’s degree in psychology and applied this training to the field of child development, working first in Edmonton and then in Montreal with children with developmental disorders and their families. She directed one of the very first multi-disciplinary treatment teams in this branch of health services at a rehabilitation centre in Montreal.
Looking for a breather, she decided to pursue a life-long interest in hospitality by opening The Old Prune restaurant in Stratford in 1977 with business partner Marion Isherwood. For the first years of the business, Eleanor was the cooking inspiration for the restaurant. The Old Prune became one of Ontario's finest restaurants; Eleanor and Marion sold the business in 2011.
As co-founder of the Stratford Chefs School, Eleanor was awarded the Gold Award for her Outstanding Contribution by the Ontario Hostelry Institute in 2001. She was selected as 2012 Woman of the Year by the Toronto Women's Culinary Network.
James Morris received his original training in hotel management in Ireland and is a member of the British Hotel, Catering and Institutional Management Association. In London, James worked for the Grand Metropolitan Hotels in the sales department. In Canada, he gained experience in dining-room management at Winston's Restaurant in Toronto before opening Rundles Restaurant in Stratford in 1977.
In 1991, in recognition of his work at Rundles and as co-founder of the Stratford Chefs School, James was awarded the Ontario Hostelry Institute's Gold Award for his Outstanding Contribution to the Hospitality and Food Service Industry of Ontario.
James teaches the service and kitchen management components of Level 1 Culinary Management and Level 2 Food Style. As well as directing and evaluating Level 2 apprentices in Restaurant Labs, James is responsible for Practical Cookery at the Stratford Chefs School.