VANCOUVER, Jan. 6, 2012 /CNW/ - The Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association (CRFA), the BC Chefs Association (BCCA) and Canadian Culinary Federation (CCFCC) have joined together to host the very first BC Chinese Chef of the Year
competition. This iron-chef-style live competition will take place Jan.
29 and 30 on the Discover Presentation Stage at the BC Foodservice Expo
in the Vancouver Convention Centre. The long-standing Roasted
Competition and Hot Competition Live - Junior Chef Challenge will also
take place at the expo.
Chinese chefs who are members of the BCCA or CCFCC are encouraged to
submit their entries before the Jan. 10 deadline. The competition is
co-chaired by Chef William Lam and Chef Donald Gyurkovits, president of
the Canadian Culinary Federation, and officiated under the guidance of
Chef Alex Chen, chairman of the judging panel. Chef Chen is Canada's
representative for the Bocuse d'Or in 2013, the world professional
cooking competition in Lyon, France. His international reputation
brings a high level of professionalism to the competition. From the
entries, 12 chefs will be chosen based on their credentials and
professional experience to compete.
"The very first official BC Chinese Chef of the Year competition is the
first of its kind in BC, if not the country," said Chef Mike Li,
president of the Chinese Canadian Chef Association. He and Chef Tony
Luk, president of the Hong Kong Canada Chinese Chef Club, have both
actively encouraged their members to attend and/or participate in this
"Invitations have been sent out to our members. We all look forward to
participating in this competition dedicated to improving the profile of
BC Chinese chefs and showcasing the talent in our professional
community," said Chef Luk.
Stephanie Yuen, author of East Meets West and established food, culture and travel writer, will be hosting and
emceeing the competition in both Chinese and English.
"I salute the CRFA, BCCA and CCFCC for recognizing our Chinese chefs and
providing a platform for them to showcase the cooking techniques of
these talented chefs," said Yuen. "It's a great honour to be involved
in this inaugural event."
The Jan. 10 deadline is fast approaching. Interested chefs are
encouraged to register as a competitor by contacting Chef William Lam
or the show hotline at 1.866.300.7675. To download the entry form, go
With over 250 exhibit booths featuring new products, foods, ideas and
services, the BC Foodservice Expo is British Columbia's largest
hospitality trade show. Chinese chefs and restaurateurs, partners and
colleagues are welcome to join more than 5,000 attendees who travel
from the Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley, Vancouver Island and the
Okanagan to attend two days of focused trade show, seminars and chef
Go to www.bcfoodexpo.ca to register now to attend the show.
The BC Foodservice Expo is owned and operated by the Canadian Restaurant
and Foodservices Association, one of the country's leading business
associations with more than 30,000 members. CRFA also owns and operates
the CRFA Show (www.crfashow.ca) and is the title sponsor of the ApEx show in Halifax (www.apextradeshow.ca and the Alberta Foodservice Expo www.albertafoodserviceexpo.ca). Proceeds from the shows fund CRFA's advocacy, research and member
services in support of a growing and prosperous Canadian restaurant
SOURCE Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association
For further information:
Samantha Scholefield, BC Foodservice Expo Show Manager
Canadian Restaurant & Foodservices Association
Office: 604.685.9655 x 2 Cell: 604.838.7956