President of the Victoria branch of the Canadian Culinary Federation

Island’s top chefs face off at annual challenge

The Island’s best chefs will converge in Saanich on Sunday to face off for top culinary honours.

The Island’s best chefs will converge in Saanich on Sunday to face off for top culinary honours.

The Victoria Branch of the Canadian Culinary Federation hosts the 8th annual Vancouver Island Chef of the Year Competition on Nov. 18 at Camosun College’s Interurban campus.

Eight certified Red Seal chefs will be given four-and-a-half hours to prepare and present a four-course meal using fresh local ingredients to showcase their individual styles. Past main courses have ranged from seafood to vegetarian to bison, elk and pork.

Beyond a professional panel of judges, guests also play a role in the judging, with peoples’ choice awards awarded.

“It just gets people talking and includes them in on the conversation,” said Terry Rust, president of the Victoria branch of the federation and event co-ordinator. “It’s quite fun.”

There’s no limit to how much chefs – along with the help of their assistants – may plan in advance of the competition, so long as all of the physical preparations are conducted on site during the four-and-a-half hour timeframe.

“There’s lots of time. You can get quite advanced. You can get into sugar and chocolate work,” said Rust, also a sous chef with Shell Canada and former judge of the event. “I don’t get to taste the food, unfortunately. I wish I could.”

Last year the event drew 90 guests. Ryan Reed from Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort was named Chef of the Year and moved on to the provincial championship. The winner of the competition advances to provincials in Vancouver in January, with the national competition set for later in the year in Edmonton.

The top three chefs will be awarded more than $8,500 in cash and prizes, and presented with the opportunity to work with a secret award winning chef and restaurateur, which will be revealed during the awards ceremony.

The evening begins with a reception of canapés and champagne followed by the four-course meal and wine. Each guest receives a complimentary gift basket and is entered in a door prize draw.

Additional raffles and a silent auction will also be taking place, with funds raised supporting the Canadian Culinary Federation, Victoria Branch Scholarship Funds. Tickets are $125 and available through Judith Kirchner at jkirchner@telus.net.

 

 

Just Posted

Greater Victoria enjoys sunny first day of spring

Summer-like temperatures of 21 degrees hit Wednesday for first day of spring

Esquimalt puts freeze on taxes for local businesses

The tax increase for residents sits at 5.51 per cent, averaging to an additional $46

Bitter Saturna land-use dispute highlights legal grey areas

Unhappy Tsawout accuse leadership of cultural destruction

Development replacing Fairfield United Church gets final approval

The new Unity Commons Development will take over the space at 1303 Fairfield Rd.

Saanich forwards student-targeted development to public hearing

Proposed development advertises itself to individuals who want a car-free lifestyle

VIDEO: Can you believe it? This B.C. hill pulls cars backwards up a slope

Sir Isaac Newton had clearly never been to this Vernon anomaly when he discovered gravity

Greater Victoria Wanted List for the week of March 19

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

POLL: When do you think the next major earthquake will hit Vancouver Island?

According to seismologists, Vancouver Island is overdue for a magnitude 7 earthquake.… Continue reading

European, Canadian regulators to do own review of Boeing jet

Air Canada plans to remove the Boeing 737 Max from its schedule at least through July 1

Prime minister defends Liberal budget measures as sales effort gets underway

Conservatives under Andrew Scheer say it’s a spree funded by borrowing against the future

Mayor meets with B.C. health minister on homeless taxi transfers

Two homeless people were discharged from Surrey Memorial and sent to a Chilliwack shelter

B.C. lottery winner being sued by co-workers

They claim he owes them $200,000 each, in a lawsuit filed in B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver

Teacher reprimanded for conduct towards special needs student

Alan Stephen Berry told vice principal he did not have time to use positive strategies

Volunteer green team joins forces to restore local habitats

Partnerships with schools educate and facilitate remediations

Most Read