Our Team

Peter Kaufman

Peter Kaufman

Chief Dog Wagger (Founder and President)

Be the change you want see.

In 2011, the timing was right to begin a revolution in the pet food category; a revolution that is fueled by people's strong desires to eat healthy, fresh, local, artisan food as opposed to over-processed, mass produced, fast foods. Additionally, the 2007 pet food recall from adulterated Chinese ingredients that caused some pets to die emboldened pet parents to become more vocal - demanding greater transparency, traceability and honesty from pet food manufacturers.

With these powerful currents, coupled with companion dogs and cats now firmly implanted as members of the family, Peter founded Buddy's Kitchen™, Inc. in Aurora, Ontario.

Maurizio Barbieri

Maurizio Barbieri

Executive Pet Chef

Chef Maurizio fell in love with the food industry at the age of 14 when he worked as a bus boy at Tony's Pizzeria.  He took his passion into the food-processing sector of the Ministry of Agriculture. He entered the food distribution circuit for several years where he also studied with and worked for many of Toronto's top chefs. This led Maurizio to the baking industry, providing Canada's finest food service and retail outlets with Artisan baked goods. This was a perfect segue into preparing artisan style food and treats for companion animals - something he absolutely fell in love with.

Working with dogs and cats is the most gratifying experience and contributing directly to their health, longevity and happiness keeps him coming back to the kitchen every day.

Maurizio works hand and hand with our Animal Nutritionist, Dr. Gary Pusillo, to create always appetizing and nutritionally balanced recipes.

Dr. Gary Pusillo

Dr. Gary Pusillo

Chief Pet Nutritionist

Dr. Gary Pusillo believes that to be successful in the animal industry, one must continually have practical, real world experience with all aspects of animal husbandry and farming. Dr. Gary has been involved with actual hands on farming for over 36 years, currently living on his family farm in Iowa raising organic products, Percheron horses, and an assortment of pets. Dr. Gary and his family have raised most types of domestic farm animals in addition to providing rehabilitation and care to non-traditional species.

In 2012 he became the first animal nutritionist to ever be qualified for admittance into the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. His extensive background in winning litigated animal nutrition cases, often against the makers of conventional pet foods, has truly made him one of the most sought after animal nutritionists of the pet food industry.

Sheryl Johnson

Sheryl Johnson

Top Dog and Guest Experience Officer (and Pet mom to Myca)

After 21 years corporate marketing and business development executive, it was time for me to truly focus on making a difference.  As a pet mom for over 20 years, I understand the joy, confusion and ultimate feeling of love that comes from having a furbaby in my life.  I love my job here at Buddy's Kitchen, which isn't a job at all.  I speak with pet parents, our chef, pet nutritionists and suppliers to build and deliver the very best food and snacks for OUR furbabies. I continue to educate myself through our community of partners so that I might help other pet parents to navigate the information and constantly churning trends of dog nutrition, behaviour and food related health issues.  I'm committed to helping improve the health of all dogs through increasing fresh food in every dog's diet.  Come by and say hi in Aurora, Myca will be happy to show you around!