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Last weekend, one young chef was crowned the winner of the inaugural Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship Competition. The Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship program is a non-profit culinary foundation created to recognize and inspire young Canadian chefs, while promoting professionalism and culinary excellence within the hospitality industry. To be eligible, they must be Canadian chefs under 28, with a Red Seal certification, and are working full-time in a professional kitchen. 10 finalists across Canada were selected:

  • Mark Andrew Brown – Ayr, Ontario
  • Ross Derrick – Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Arnie Mitchell Guieb – Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Talib Hubba – Sherwood Park, Alberta
  • Carmen Ingham – North Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Hayden Johnston – Thunder Bay, Ontario
  • John Ly – Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Brad Masciotra – London, Ontario
  • Paul Moran – Kelowna, British Columbia
  • Garrett Rotel – Calgary, Alberta

During Round 1 of the competition, these ten finalists competed against each other to create a main course dish for two within two hours, using provided ingredients. The top 3 finalists then moved on to Round 2, the black box challenge. They had two hours and fifteen minutes to cook a main course and dessert using mystery ingredients from the black box.

Welcome to Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship Competition

My guest reporter Terence checked out Round 2 of the competition at the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts and watched the following candidates compete for a chance to receive a $10,000 bursary, provided by the Chefs’ Table Society of BC, and a stage at a leading international restaurant.

From left: Carmen Ingham, Paul Moran & Brad Masciotra (Photo credit: Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship Twitter feed @HawkScholarship)

Top 3 finalists

The black box ingredients were  (more…)

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This Sunday, June 20, is Father’s Day. Have you decided on what to do with your dad? If not, we got two tasty suggestions for you:

Aluminum Chef Competition

In conjunction with the 22nd annual Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival, the 4th annual Aluminum Chef Competition will take place at Creekside Park. The 2010 competition is welcoming top culinary students from Vancouver Community College, the Art Institute and representatives from the BC Junior Chefs Association to compete in a culinary showdown for the $1,000 cash prize and the Aluminum Chef trophy. The eight student chefs will be using ingredients from within a 100 mile radius of Vancouver and the dishes must use the non-stick “Slide” aluminum foil during preparation or for presentation.

Marc André Choquette, executive chef of the Voya Restaurant at the Loden hotel, will be the celebrity judge at this year’s Aluminum Chef Competition. Chef Choquette will be there during the final heats at 2:00 and 3:00 pm, with the 2010 Aluminum Chef being crowned shortly after.

What’s in it for your dad?

One lucky audience will be picked to be a guest judge for each round of the competition. That could be your dad!

Preliminary heats will take place on Saturday and earlier on Sunday. For more information and competition schedule, visit the Aluminum Chef Competition website.

Vancouver’s 1st Cupcake Challenge

Mijune, a fellow food blogger at Follow Me Foodie, has put together Vancouver’s 1st Cupcake Challenge that will take place on Sunday, 11:00am – 3:30pm, at the Roundhouse Community Centre in Yaletown. This is a great opportunity to meet local bakers and test a variety of cupcake flavours and recipes.

What’s in it for your dad?

If your dad is a fan of sweets, this is an event that he won’t want to miss.

This event is free to the public. For more information, visit the event page for Vancouver’s 1st Cupcake Challenge.

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