$10,000 Grand Prize Awarded At The Canadian Food & Beverage Show +
MISSISSAUGA, ON, March 5 /CNW/ - Winners of the third annual California
Walnut Inspirations Contest were announced at the Canadian Food & Beverage
Show + HostEx! (March 2-4). Finalists representing the Canadian food industry
competed in one of five categories: Baked Goods, Breads, Confectionary,
Desserts and Snacks in front of a panel of industry experts. Jae Park of
Bread 'N Buns Factory, based in Coquitlam, British Columbia, won the title of
'Best in Show' and a cash prize of $10,000 for his California Walnut Raisin
"I'm proud to represent my family and accept this honour on their
behalf," said Park. "I learned everything I know about baking bread from my
father and am excited to be recognized for our winning product."
Sponsored by the California Walnut Commission (CWC), the California
Walnut Inspirations Contest is a new product development contest intended to
encourage food industry professionals from across Canada to develop innovative
and unique recipes that incorporate California walnuts as a key ingredient.
Judges from the food industry and media were tasked with choosing
category winners and a Best in Show winner from 18 exceptional walnut products
in the five categories. Judging criteria for category winners were based on
taste; appearance; innovative use of California walnuts; quantity of
California walnuts used and marketability of the products. In the 'Best in
Show' category, marketability counted for fifty per cent of the overall score.
"I've participated as a judge in new product development contests all
over the world for the past 20 years," said Dennis Balint, Chief Executive
Officer of the California Walnut Commission, "and this has been by far the
best - in terms of the quality of products showcased. It was especially
difficult to select only one winner amongst so many great products, but
Jae's Walnut Raisin Rye Bread is sure to succeed in the Canadian marketplace."
Winners of the 2008 California Walnut Inspirations Contest are as
Jae Park of Bread 'N Buns Factory in Coquitlam, British Columbia won the
Best in Show (a cash prize of $10,000) and came in first place in the breads
category for his California Walnut Raisin Rye Bread (a cash prize of $1,000).
Dufflet Rosenberg of Dufflet Pastries, Toronto, Ontario, was first
runner-up and named Best in Desserts for her Walnut Gold Rush Tart (a cash
prize of $1,000).
Chantelle Gorham of the Northwest Fudge Factory, Levack, Ontario, was
second runner-up and named Best in Snacks for her Wally Nuts (a cash prize of
Liako Dertilis and Pamela MacDonald of Curious Epicureans, Toronto,
Ontario, placed fourth and fifth and named Best in Baked Goods for their
Walrus Bars and Best in Confectionary for their Salted Walnut Pralines (cash
prizes of $1,000 for each category).
The contest was hosted by Mairlyn Smith, cookbook author, television
personality and professional foodie. The contest was promoted to food
professionals across Canada through advertising in trade publications, direct
mail and www.walnutinfo.com. The California Walnut Commission is already
planning next year's competition and encouraging food professionals to get
inspired and develop new, innovative walnut products that will encourage
Canadian consumers to taste the difference California walnuts make.
The California Walnut Commission, established in 1987, is a State of
California Commission, which is involved in export market development
activities, nutrition research, promotion and education on walnuts and their
nutrition benefits. The CWC is funded by mandatory assessments of the growers
and works in concurrence with the Secretary of the Department of Food and
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