Ricardo - Biography and Achievements

Ricardo - Biography and Achievements

Chef, author, TV personality, entrepreneur… Ricardo is a man of many talents. As a celebrity chef who has become a household name nationwide, he represents a brand that embodies a modern vision of the art of family living. And his mission is to inspire, educate and promote the importance of cooking and eating together.

After training in Montreal at the Institut de tourisme et d’hôtellerie du Québec (ITHQ), Ricardo studied radio and television broadcasting in Ottawa which led him to a job with the CBC based in Regina. When he returned to Montreal he met his future wife (and co-founder and president of RICARDO Media), Brigitte Coutu, a young dietician who was working as a researcher on a local TVA show. Soon enough they began working together to develop simple recipes for various television shows—Brigitte working behind the scenes and Ricardo in front of the camera.

In 2001 he joined the popular Quebec television program Les Saisons de Clodine as a co-host and became a regular columnist with the newspaper La Presse. People started to recognize him on the street. It wasn’t long before Brigitte and Ricardo were approached and offered the opportunity to create their own television show and magazine—focusing on their particular brand of recipes: simple, affordable and using ingredients that can be found at the corner store. In 2002, the first French-language Ricardo magazine was launched and the rest is, as they say, history.

RICARDO Media offers a multi-platform culinary experience to all Canadians:

  • Best Magazine in Lifestyle category at the Canadian Magazine Awards in 2018
  • Ricardo magazine is Canada’s only national cooking magazine
  • Named Best Magazine Brand at the Canadian Magazine Awards in 2016
  • Over 3 800 000 visitors to
  • Close to 6,000 recipes on
  • Over 600,000 fans on social media
  • A television show broadcast on ICI Radio-Canada for 17 years and counting, plus other productions airing both in Canada and abroad
  • Bestselling cookbooks published in both French and English
  • A line of kitchen accessories available at 600 points of sale throughout the country
  • The RICARDO Art of the Table collection of home accessories
  • An expanding retail footprint with three restaurant/shops under the RICARDO Boutique + Café banner, located in Saint-Lambert, Laval and Quebec City
  • An online store, with the entire range of RICARDO products on
  • A line of gourmet RICARDO food products

Ricardo is also a weekly columnist for Montreal’s La Presse newspaper and the Toronto Star, as well as Montreal radio stations Rythme FM and CJAD. He has also been named a member of the Order of Canada as well as the Ordre national du Québec for his efforts in making cooking accessible to all, and for his commitment to various social causes. In 2017, he received an honorary degree from the Institut de tourisme et d’hôtellerie du Québec for his career achievements. In june 2018, Ricardo and his wife, Brigitte have also received this honour for their contribution to food and nutrition in Quebec.

Passionate about helping others, for the last 12 years Ricardo has been a spokesperson for La Tablée des Chefs, an organization whose goal is to feed families in need and provide cooking skills and culinary education for the next generation. In recognition of his commitment and dedication to youth, he has also received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. And on a deeply personal level, after Brigitte was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006, Ricardo also supports various causes devoted to fighting breast cancer.

Along with architect Pierre Thibault and tri-athlete Pierre Lavoie, he is one of the founding members of Lab-École, a non-profit organization dedicated to building a multidisciplinary team of experts who will reimagine the environment of tomorrow’s schools. RICARDO Media was selected as part of the Canada 150 Signature Initiative Projects to inspire pride across the country in 2017 to produce WE ARE THE BEST, a series of 52 videos exploring Canada’s culinary richness.

RICARDO a continuing success story


  • The book Vegetables First, wins the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards for Canada, in the Television Chef Book World category
  • The book Plus de Légumes wins Gold at the Taste Canada Awards
  • Publication of the book Vegetables First
  • Launch of the quiz game Le Quiz des aliments, by RICARDO et Éditions Auzou
  • Increased diversification of content on our digital platforms
  • Opening of the first Comptoir RICARDO express counter at Quebec City's Galeries de la Capitale
  • Launch of dix RICARDO cooking sauces et de three new cakes sold exclusively at IGA



  • 3 major honours : Brand of the year 2018, Strategy Marketing, Best Magazine, 2018 National Magazine Awards, DUX 2018 Grand Prix Award, Communications Category
  • Ricardo et Brigitte receive an honoris degree from Université Laval for their contribution to food and nutrition in Quebec
  • Publication of the books Explique-moi... les aliments and Ultimate Slow Cooker
  • Opening of a new RICARDO Boutique + Café at Galeries de la Capitale in Quebec City
  • The most popular dessert at Café RICARDO is made available exclusively at all IGA stores for a limited time



  • To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation, Ricardo hosts and produces We are the best/On est les meilleurs
  • Warner Bros. distributes the Chef in Your Ear/Un chef à l’oreille TV program concept internationnally
  • Ricardo receives the National Order of Quebec
  • A new RICARDO Boutique + Café opens in Laval, Quebec
  • The RICARDO online boutique is launched



  • Café RICARDO opens alongside Espace RICARDO
  • Ricardo becomes a weekly contributor to the Toronto Star and the Star Touch tablet app
  • RICARDO magazine is named Best Magazine Brand and receives the gold medal for the feature « Végé inspiré » at Canada’s National Magazine Awards
  • Les Gourmands, a new show hosted by Ricardo et Francis Reddy, debuts on ICI Radio-Canada
  • Publication of the book Un Québécois dans votre cuisine in France
  • The book Slower is better is launched
  • Ricardo receives a diploma Honoris Causa from the Institut de tourisme et d’hôtellerie du Québec
  • The Art of the Table textile collection is launched



  • Publication of the books La mijoteuse 2 and Mon premier livre de recettes
  • Ricardo coproduces and hosts the television show Un chef à l’oreille
  • Ricardo receives a second Gémeaux award for the show RICARDO


  • RICARDO wines hit the shelves at SAQ stores in Quebec
  • Ricardo receives the Order of Canada
  • Canadian launch of the English version of RICARDO magazine
  • The first Espace RICARDO boutique opens in Saint-Lambert, Quebec, along with the Mama Choka chocolate shop



  • Redesign of the website
  • RICARDO Media receives the Concours Boomerang People’s Choice Award and is a finalist in the Media Website category
  • Launch of the book Slow Cooker Favourites
  • RICARDO content appears in La Presse+ every week


  • Ricardo receives a Gémeaux award for best television host
  • Ricardo stars in Le Fermier urbain on Radio-Canada
  • Publication of the books La mijoteuse - de la lasagne à la crème brûlée (over 175,000 copies sold to date) and of Slow Cooker Book - From Lasagna to Crème Brûlée


  • Ricardo laucnhes his line of kitchen accessories (over 2 million items sold to date)



  • Inauguration of the television production house Productions 350°
  • Ricardo and Friends airs in over 75 countries and counting



  • Publication of the book Parce qu’on a tous de la visite


  • Ricardo hosts Ricardo and Friends on Food Network Canada
  • Publication of the book La chimie des desserts


  • Publication of the book Weekend Cooking


  • Publication of the book Ma cuisine week-end


  • The weekday cooking show RICARDO est debuts on Radio-Canada
  • RICARDO magazine (French) is launched


  1. Love all your videos / tips / recipes and the way they are presented in photographic form too. Delicious looking and something I aspire to try to emulate! Facebook was where I found you first but am following on all platforms now too :) Thank you from South Africa

  2. hi everyone, im doing a project on ricardo for my cooking project at la cite... im mssing a fiew details.. plzz help if you no the answer. 1. (When (what year exactly) did Ricardo graduate graduate algonquin college in communication? 2. Does ricardo have any non-alcohol wine? 3. and in witch 50 countries is his show brodcasts? Thanks!! plz email if you know any details:

  3. saw the round bread video but can't find recipe, nor the video. Help! I am missing something as my bread didn't rise. Where can I find the printed recipe. Merci.

  4. In my house you are known as "The Kitchen God" and my 3 grown grandsons are becoming excellent cooks via your magazine and programs.....Thanks so much!!!

  5. In my house, you are known as "The Kitchen God"

  6. Ricardo...Thank YOU!! Thank you for making meals so easy to prepare and full of flavour! Thank you for capturing my eyes waiting in lines at the grocery store with your magazines. Thank you for creating well made kitchen products. Thank you for making a fantastic website that I can create meal plans on.....but most of all, thank you for making wonderful recipes that my family loves. None that I've tried so far has disappointed , even with my picky eaters! Keep doing what you do! Now,to find your wines in BC

  7. Love this site - first cooking site with such 'homely - no fuss' recipes... And such an site site that is easy to navigate! Thank you :)

  8. Actually, this is a question. I read the BBQ article you posted last week and wondered if I could use a bit of coke for the acidic element for marinating beef for a pot roast. What would you recommend? Thank you, Alice

  9. You have a magazine? Where can I find it in Ontario? the Richmond Hill area?

  10. Ricardo, my husband and I enjoyed your cooking show on the foodnetwork years ago. Miss you! However, I bought your 1st edition magazine 2 months ago and loved it! Informative, creative and great layout filled with lovely photos. I went on to get your latest edition and made the candy cane bark last night with my girls. Easy to follow recipe! Yummy too! A subscription to your magazine is my birthday present from my 3 children. My husband says "Ricardo" is welcome into our home anytime! Much success & love!!

  11. Ricardo am so happy with the English magazine I miss your cooking show on English TV. I'm a grandma and I love to cook and bake. I have also just subscribed to you magazine. Good Luck Sacha

  12. I am excited to see your magazine in English; I have been tempted to buy it in French but my knowledge just wasn't there. I watched your program on TV and thoroughly enjoyed them. I made your chocolate chip cookies from your magazine for my grandchildren. They were great even my husband loved them. Keep up your good work.

  13. Just bought your magazine, it is truly wonderful reading, great recipes. I'm a grandma of 6 and I love to cook and bake. I have also just subscribed to you magazine. I look forward to making your recipes. Best of luck:)

  14. I am so happy to find you Ricardo. I miss your cooking show on English TV. Your trips to visit the producers of food in Quebec was always a heartwarming experience. Please come on English TV again soon. They need another Canadian show with great production values I think it is called. I call it good taste in background, utensils, etc. I just made your classic chili and that is how I found you. Best ever chili. I love you Ricardo. Doris.

  15. Seems ok

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