National contest draws thousands of votes for unique lentil dishes by
top Canadian Chefs
SASKATOON, SK, June 13, 2012 /CNW/ - Love Your Lentils Canada, a national contest sponsored by Canadian Lentils, in partnership with
Food Day Canada, brought together top chefs from communities across the
country and food lovers from coast to coast. At stake? The gourmet
adventure of a lifetime on Prince Edward Island (PEI) with Chef Michael
Leading chefs from across the country were invited to show some lentil
love for this healthy and versatile ingredient by serving their lentil
creations both in-house to diners, and by providing a recipe online for
the home-cook to participate. The public then voted for their favourite
recipe, helping to decide which chef would be crowned the Love Your
Twenty-five chefs participated in the contest, each developing a
signature lentil dish. Recipes were then posted on www.loveyourlentils.ca - a website designed to feel like an online dating site where Canadians
were invited to log on and search for their "lentil love match" based
on geography and personal preference. Recipes varied widely from
scones, soups, pastas, stews and even a lentil ice cream.
"Lentils are healthy, delicious, versatile, easy to cook with and easy
to find because we grow the very best lentils in the world right here
in Canada," said Chef Michael Smith. "I love that so many great cooks
across the country participated in the Love Your Lentils contest and
I'm looking forward to welcoming the winners to Prince Edward Island
for the culinary adventure of a lifetime!"
Grand Prize Winners
The contest was declared a tie after two chefs gave it their all, both
earning over 9,000 'loves' from Canadians. Chef Norman Aitken from
Juniper Kitchen and Wine Bar in Ottawa developed The Great Canadian Lentil Wild Mushroom Ravioli recipe and Chef Charles Part from Les Fougères restaurant in Chelsea,
QC developed The Great Canadian Beluga Lentil Burger - A Whale of a Burger.
Both winners will join Chef Michael Smith and Food Day founder, Anita
Stewart on PEI for Food Day Canada (August 4, 2012) to celebrate
Canadian food, including the loveable lentil.
"I cannot tell you how pleased I am to be part of this campaign. Lentils
are one of our most important Canadian foods," said Stewart. "They
also happen to taste tremendous, especially when they're in the hands
of our super-talented chefs. There's hardly a more versatile
ingredient in any professional or home kitchen."
One lucky winner selected from a random draw of contest voters has also
been invited to join the Food Day Canada celebration on PEI.
Executive Chef Dana Hauser from Herons at Waterfront Hotel in Vancouver
also captured hearts with her delicious Smoked Bacon Lentil Ragout recipe.
Chef Stephen Pynn from Bannock Restaurant in Toronto had Canadians
craving lentils with his recipe Crispy Pickerel with Chorizo and Lentil Ragout.
Facts about Canadian Lentils
Canada produces 67 per cent of the world's lentil supply and is the
world's leading exporter of lentils, exporting a total value of
$872,956,572 in lentils in 2011.
Saskatchewan is the largest lentil growing province, accounting for 95
per cent of total Canadian production.
There are 8.5 grams of fibre and 7 grams of protein in just half a cup
of cooked Canadian lentils.
About Canadian Lentils
Canadian Lentils is an Official Mark of Saskatchewan Pulse Growers
(SPG). SPG is a not-for-profit organization that represents lentil
producers in Saskatchewan. For more information and great recipes,
About Food Day Canada
Food Day Canada began in 2003 as The World's Longest Barbeque, a
massive, Canada-wide response to the sanction of Canadian beef exports
by our largest trading partner and the dramatic hardship it imposed on
our agricultural community. The WLBBQ was a huge success and has
evolved into Food Day Canada®, an annual mid-summer celebration when we share Canada's rich culinary
heritage, our delicious northern bounty and the best managed food
system on the planet. Food Day Canada is the time and place for
Canadians to share their food and their stories with each other while
leading other nations in cultural diversity, food ethics, magnificent
flavours, and fun!
SOURCE Canadian Lentils
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