Who will be Canada's hottest Junior Chef?

TABASCO® Brand Foodservice Canada is asking students to hit the street and bring on the heat!

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TORONTO, June 29, 2011 /CNW/ - A culinary throw down is coming to Toronto this fall with the TABASCO® Brand Street Heat Junior Chef Meet. Open to culinary students from across Canada, TABASCO® Brand is on the hunt for the nation's hottest junior chef. Finalists must wow judges with a street food-inspired dish to claim the title and take home $2,500 in cash and $2,500 in Garland prizes.

"In 1999, I became North America's first TABASCO® Brand Hottest Chef and I'm thrilled to be back to support this initiative which encourages the incredible talent of the newest generation of chefs," said judging panel member and celebrity chef David Adjey. "As a judge, I'm looking for dishes with creativity, flavour and originality. I have great expectations that today's up-and-coming chefs will bring some spectacular ideas from the street to the competition."

To enter, contestants must create an original street food-inspired recipe and feature at least one flavour from the TABASCO® Brand Pepper Sauce Family of Flavours. Three finalists will be invited to an all-expense paid cook-off event in Toronto - November 7th, 2011 - where they will have 45 minutes to prepare and serve their dish for a panel of judges.

With a global estimate of 2.5 billion people gobbling up street food every day, it's one of the fastest growing movements in the culinary world1.  Canada's multicultural population has created an appetite for flavours from around the world and as a result, street food vendors are branching out from traditional hotdogs and French fries to offer ethnic flavours like Korean BBQ tacos, Indian curries, sushi and more.

"Street food is more than sausages and poutine," said TABASCO® Brand Corporate Chef Ralph Bettany. "With options that are virtually limitless, we're looking for original international cuisine that mixes traditional ethnic flavours with the latest trends." Bettany continued, "It's our goal that, through the TABASCO® Brand Street Heat Junior Chef Meet, we can provide students with an opportunity to showcase their talent and build the confidence to succeed in this industry."

Entry Details
Students can submit their recipe submissions online at Tabascostreetheat.ca. Entry deadline is October 7th, 2011 at 5:00 pm EST. Three finalists will be brought to Toronto for the live final cook-off event on November 7th, 2011. Information and contest rules are available online at Tabascostreetheat.ca or check out the video on YouTube.

References:

1. FOA.org. School Kids and Street Food. (Accessed February 2011)

About TABASCO® Brand Pepper Sauce
Having pioneered the category, TABASCO® Brand Pepper Sauce is the most recognized pepper sauce in the world.  Founded in 1868 on Avery Island, Louisiana, and still family-owned and operated, TABASCO® Brand is the ultimate flavour-enhancer - in fact, the TABASCO® Brand Family of Flavours includes six varieties that are enjoyed as a versatile condiment and ingredient in over 165 countries worldwide.

About Garland
Garland Canada, a division of Manitowoc, represents and distributes foodservice equipment in Canada from the Manitowoc portfolio of globally recognized and leading brands.

About Manitowoc Foodservice
Manitowoc Foodservice, a division of The Manitowoc Company, Inc., designs, manufactures and supplies best-in-class food and beverage equipment for the global foodservice market.  Manitowoc Foodservice offers customers unparalleled operator and patron insights, collaborative kitchen solutions, culinary expertise and world-class implementation support and service, whether locations are around the corner or across the globe.  With operations in the Americas, Europe and Asia, the company has a portfolio of best-in-class brands including Cleveland, Convotherm®, Delfield®, Fabristeel, Frymaster®, Garland®, Jackson, Kolpak®, Kysor Panel Systems®, Lincoln, Manitowoc® Ice, McCall®, Multiplex®, Merrychef®, Servend®, and Manitowoc® Beverage Systems.  For more information, visit www.manitowocfoodservice.com. Product of U.S.A. TABASCO® is a registered trademark for sauces and other goods and services; TABASCO, the TABASCO bottle design and label designs are the exclusive property of McIlhenny Company, Avery Island, Louisiana, USA 70513.

/NOTE TO EDITORS: Media Assets accompanying this story are available as follows:

Video: http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/mmnr/smr/CAT00000.Tabasco_Street_Heat.flv

SOURCE TABASCO® Brand Pepper Sauce

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Alison Dresser

Environics Communications
416-969-2668
adresser@environicspr.com 

Christine Testa

Environics Communications
416-969-2796
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