About Tom&Sawyer

Gently cooked meals for your four-legged family

We were so appalled by the lack of regulation in the pet food industry, we started Tom&Sawyer: All-natural, gently cooked meals that are perfectly balanced by pet nutritionists and expertly cooked by professional chefs with science-backed ingredients to nourish their bodies, so your doggo or catto can outlive you (you know, in dog or cat years).

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It started at home

It all started when our founders Kristin and Peter brought home Sawyer. The little Yorkie-Poo refused to eat kibble, and with one look at the ingredients list, Kristin and Peter couldn’t blame him. Plus, they thought, if it smells this bad, it must taste this bad, too! We’re pretty sure that’s a fact, but you couldn’t pay us to try kibble. Instead, we’re upping the standards in the pet food industry.

Once a forensic accountant, Kristin put her investigative skills to good use, and what she learned upset her: With so few Canadian regulations in the industry, our pets are ingesting highly-processed synthetic ingredients and bacteria at every meal that make them sick. Like you, she wanted better for Sawyer. She wanted to prevent illness and pricey vet bills, not guarantee them. And so, Tom&Sawyer was born: All-natural, gently cooked meals made by hand.

Meet Sawyer
Our inspiration
since 2014

Meet Sawyer, our founders’ 10-pound Yorkie-Poo with the confidence of a 100-pound Great Dane. He struts when he walks, smiles when he meets new people, and knows his toys by name. (Yeah, he’s one smart cookie.) We’re pretty sure Sawyer was a cat in a past life, what with his penchant for napping on the back of couches. Apart from a general disdain for the letter carrier and other dogs, he’s the friendliest, happiest pup a parent could ask for and the cutest mascot to rep our brand.

The timeline
2014

Sawyer joins the family—and refuses to eat kibble. A former forensic accountant, Kristin leans on her investigative skills, and the research begins.

2015

Tom&Sawyer is born. Working with chefs, nutritionists, vets and labs, we formulate nutritionally-balanced, delicious recipes for pets.

2016

We open our flagship storefront in Toronto, housing our state-of-the-art commercial kitchen—a first in the industry in Canada.

2017

We release the first of our therapeutic recipes for dogs with specific nutritional needs and dietary requirements.

2018

Our commercial kitchen becomes an FDA-registered facility, and we start shipping meals to the United States.

Our leadership
The people behind your pet food

As pet people and foodies, we come by this work honestly. Take our founders, for example: Not only do they boast molecular gastronomy equipment in their home kitchen, they travel the world in the name of 3-star Michelin restaurants, adding countries to their bucket list because of an ingredient they’re dying to try. It’s no wonder they bring the same foodie standards to every Tom&Sawyer recipe.

Kristin Matthews
Co-Founder & President
Peter Zakarow
Co-Founder & Board Chair
Ben Harris
Growth & analytics
Samantha Leighton
Lead Chef and Culinary Director
Hannah Godfrey
MSc. Animal nutrition (PH.D Candidate)
Customer education Specialist
Dr. Kelly Swanson
Ph.D., Animal Nutrition & Nutrigenomics Expert
Recipe Development Consultant & Advisory Board Member
Serge Boutet
Agronomist
Pet Food Formulation Expert
Recipe Development Consultant
Kim Parra
Head of retail operations

Food for thought

We were so disheartened (and, ahem, disgusted) by the lack of regulations in the pet food industry, we founded the Fresh Cooked Pet Food Alliance (FCPFA) to set the industry standard for accountability, transparency and integrity.