CULINARY COMPETITION LES FUTURS CHEFS SIGNATURE 2011 - AGROPUR PUTS 15 ASPIRING CHEFS FROM THE ITHQ TO THE CHALLENGE

LONGUEUIL, QC, May 27, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - Agropur Fine Cheese Division, in collaboration with the ITHQ Québec Tourism and Hotel Institute, is pleased to announce the selection of the winners of the inaugural edition of Les Futurs Chefs Signature 2011, a culinary excellence competition reserved for 15 aspiring chefs from the Institute's Advanced Studies program. The winners will be unveiled this May 30th, at a cocktail dinner during which scholarships totalling $10,500 will be awarded. The event will also include a tasting menu featuring the winning entries, served by the winning chefs themselves.

The participants demonstrated resolve and imagination as they vied for 12 weeks to win the final challenge. The criteria were rigorous, as established by a jury made up of industry members, reputable chefs and Institute faculty. The competition, held May 12th at the fabled Institute, consisted of creating the finest recipe using the feature ingredient: a cheese from the Agropur Signature collection. Following the winners' announcement on May 30, the winning recipes will be posted on the Agropur Signature website at www.pleasureandcheeses.ca, where you will also be able to browse the participating chef's profiles.

Agropur Fine Cheese Division, congratulates the young men and women who honoured their cheese with their talent during the culinary excellence competition Les Futurs Chefs Signature 2011, and wishes them the very best in their future endeavours, along with a brilliant career in the food industry.

About Agropur Signature
Agropur Signature, an authentic fine cheese line that many of you enjoy, makes the 3,459 dairy producers comprising Agropur, the largest cooperative, proud. Respecting tradition and values, we are spurred on by a common passion: making dairy products of superior quality. With brands such as OKA, L'Extra, Vaudreuil and Champfleury, the Agropur Signature label brings together wide-ranging brands that have time and time again delighted you and your guests. Behind each Agropur Signature seal, you will always find the crème de la crème of fine cheeses.

About the ITHQ Québec Tourism and Hotel Institute
For 43 years, the ITHQ has been producing remarkable forward-thinking graduates for the tourism, hotel and food service industries in Québec and worldwide. Students enjoy a wide range of innovative and exclusive training programs, as well as internationally recognized professional services.

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Madame Sarah Kemerer
OSL Communications
Phone: 514-849-9627, ext. 260

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