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Thanks to work, I was one of the lucky individuals who once again attended the BC Healthy Chef Competition that took place a couple of weeks ago. I might not have a popular blog to receive the fancy, golden media invite (I’m imagining that’s what it looked like) and sit at the VIP tables, but my coworkers and I had a lovely evening while supporting a great cause. Man, I know I said this before, but I do love my job 🙂

The purpose of this event is to help promote healthy eating while raising money for the Mix it Up! campaign, Canadian Cancer Society and the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Chefs representing 10 units were competing against each other by cooking up some tasty entrees and desserts using fruit and vegetables. Here is the list of competing units:

  • Chinese Canadian Chef Association
  • Copper Chimney
  • Executive Plaza Hotel Coquitlam
  • The Hyatt Regency Vancouver
  • The International Culinary School at the Art Institute of Vancouver
  • Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts
  • Pier 7
  • River Rock Casino Resort
  • Vancouver Community College
  • Wah Wing Szachuan Restaurant

Before we could enjoy the entrees and desserts prepared by these 10 competing units, we each had our serving of Olive Oil Poached Wild Salmon as our starter plate.

Starter Plate

Starter Plate: Olive Oil Poached Wild Salmon, Pickled Mushroom and Potato Fondant

Then, each guest joined the line to pick up their own combination of entree and dessert, based on the envelope at each seat. The envelope contained a card that specified our entree and dessert selection randomly chosen among the ten competing units. No two guests at the same table would have the same combination of entree and dessert. There were four of us at the table, so we shared our plates to maximize the number of dishes we each got to try. In addition to that, we also picked up a few more dishes when each station was open for “seconds”. Frankly, we tried almost everything that was served that evening!

Food

Of everything I tried, I was the most impressed by these:

Copper Chimney Entree

Copper Chimney Entree: Lamb Popsicles with Mint Chutney & Potato Gobi

Copper Chimney Entree: This might not be the healthiest dish, but I really enjoyed the spice rub on the lamb chops. (more…)

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Through work, I had the opportunity to attend the 2011 BC Healthy Chef Competition dinner. On March 16, chefs representing 10 venues were competing against each other by cooking up some tasty entrees and desserts using fruit and vegetables. The purpose of this event is to help promote healthy eating while raising money for the Mix it Up! campaign, Canadian Cancer Society and the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Here I want to report back what went on that evening. Put your bib on because this is going to be a mouth-watering post!!

Chefs showcase their dishes

Chefs showcase their dishes

The competing units included:

  • Chinese Canadian Chef Association
  • Delizia Fusion Cuisine
  • Dynasty Seafood Restaurant
  • Executive Hotels & Resorts
  • Goldfish Pacific Kitchen
  • The Hyatt Regency Vancouver
  • The International Culinary School at the Art Institute of Vancouver
  • River Rock Casino Resort
  • Vancouver Community College
  • The Well Restaurant

The evening was a lot of fun. First, we got to check out each booth and watched the chefs as they prepared for our dishes. At the same time, a panel of judges visited each booth and evaluated each entry based on a number of things including taste, presentation, use of six fruit or vegetables to promote healthy eating and the table display.

A panel of judges visited each booth

A panel of judges visited each booth

Then, we were seated at the dining table and had the Salmon Roulade cooked by Hyatt Regency Vancouver.

Appetizer: Confit Salmon Roulade

Appetizer: Confit Salmon Roulade

The best part came when we had to fetch our own entree and dessert. (more…)

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