Our History

In 1995, Jérôme Mantel opened The French Baker in Ottawa after having switched careers in Paris and graduating with a diploma in baking.

The French Baker soon became recognized as the best bakery in Ottawa.

In 1999, Benny’s Bistro was added at the back of the bakery and a second store opened in The Glebe in 2009.

Over the years Jérôme Mantel has built a motivated team of over 20 employees, including nine professional bakers, food and pastry chefs. Some have been with him since the beginning and most have been trained in French techniques or have French diplomas.



The team

Benny’s is run by a small team of dedicated people who prepare just about everything in-house.

On the left, the original owners, Jérôme and Benny the Dog during the Ottawa summer.

Gérard, Vincent and Scott trying to look very serious.


Our approach


Buy local

We are located right in the heart of Ottawa's historic Byward market. We have great access to local purveyors and strongly believe in supporting our friends and neighbours' businesses.



Keep it simple, keep it good.