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Cora Tsouflidou, the breakfast queen

For the founder of Cora Breakfast and Lunch, initiative, perseverance, self-confidence and boundless energy have been the main ingredients in her success.

From the Gaspé Peninsula to motherhood

Cora Mussely Tsouflidou was born in Caplan, a small village on the Gaspé Peninsula of Quebec. In 1960, she enrolled at Montreal’s Cardinal-Léger Institute. In her final year, Cora had to unexpectedly quit college in order to devote herself to her first child. Following the arrival of two more children shortly afterwards, Cora abandoned her plans for a professional career and became a full-time mom.

Mouths to feed

When her husband left 10 years later, Cora was suddenly a single mother with three teenagers to support. She purchased a small diner on Côte-Vertu Boulevard in the Saint-Laurent district and began a new adventure that would take her farther than she could have ever imagined.

Still just as passionate!

To this day, Cora plays a guiding role in the company. As a Chief Creative Officer, she oversees marketing, menu and brand identity projects.

With her great passion for writing, Cora regularly writes about her company, memories and experiences. Mme Cora’s letters, as we call them, allow customers to discover her colourful, poetic and inspiring writing style.

Explore Mme Cora's letters

An influence in Quebec and the world

Madame Cora, a successful, self-made businesswoman, is a remarkable example of Quebecois entrepreneurship. Her perseverance, innovative spirit and her contribution to the business world have been recognized and celebrated many times over.
  • 2015

    Inducted into the Temple de la Renommé Québécois de la Franchise (the Quebec franchise industry association’s hall of fame) as a “Bâtisseur"
  • 2014

    Recipient of the Veuve Cliquot Business Woman of the Year.
  • 2013

    Recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

    Life Achievement Award from the Canadian Franchise Association.
  • 2006

    Cora Breakfast and Lunch named one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies.

    Named Entrepreneur of the Year at the Femmes d’Affaires du Québec Awards organized by the Réseau des Femmes d’affaires du Québec Inc.
  • 2005

    Inducted into the Canadian Franchise Association’s Hall of Fame.
  • 2004

    Inducted into the Canadian Professional Sales Association’s Hall of Fame
  • 2003

    Recipient of the Governor General’s Award.

    Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the “Manufacturing/Consumer Products” Category.

    The Pinnacle Award and the Tops in Hospitality Award from Food Service and Hospitality magazine.