Chef Trish Gill wins round two of Discovered Culinary Competition

TORONTO, Nov. 29, 2011 /CNW/ - Chef Trish Gill of Toronto's Beast restaurant won round two of the new Discovered Culinary Competition, held last night at Nella Cucina in Toronto. Chef Gill will join the winner of round one, Chef Arron Carley of Volos restaurant, to compete in the finals at the CRFA Show, March 4 - 6, 2012 at the Direct Energy Centre in Toronto.

The Discovered Culinary Competition is a four-month search for the best of Canada's up-and-coming culinary stars. The winning chef will get the opportunity of a lifetime: an all-expenses-paid trip to spend a week cooking at a Michelin-star restaurant in northern Spain.

In a mystery box challenge, the Discovered Culinary Competition features four Canadian chefs competing against the clock each week to create an appetizer, entrée and dessert. In addition to Trish Gill, sous chef at Beast Restaurant in Toronto, last night's competitors were Kevin Gilmour, sous chef at The Drake Hotel, Charles Kalfayan, executive chef at Fuda Fine Foods and Carlos Ventura, sous chef at C5 restaurant in the Royal Ontario Museum.

The mystery boxes included edamame, bacon, orange juice concentrate and almond thins for the appetizer round; pork tenderloin, blueberries, cardamom and fennel for the entrée round; and basil, sour cherries, cottage cheese and Grand Marnier for the dessert round.

The judging panel comprises three local chefs. Last night's panel included Chef John Placko, director of culinary excellence for Maple Leaf Foods; Chef Rob Rossi, soon to open Bestellen restaurant, formerly executive chef with Mercatto Restaurants and a competitor on last year's Canada's Top Chef; and Chef Giacomo Pasquini, executive chef at Vertical Restaurant. Also attending was Chef David Adjey, roving food host for the CRFA Show, who interviewed the chefs after each round.

The judges felt that Chef Gill produced three solid plates, remained calm and planned a series of ordered dishes.

"The stand-out for me was Chef Gill's dessert," said Chef Placko. "I could have kept eating it for days. It really stood out."

"It was challenging but workable," said Chef Gill when asked about the mystery boxes she had to deal with. "The other chefs were nice and great to work with. I found the appetizer most challenging, with the main I was more focussed and when it came to dessert, I just went with it - though I forgot about the cottage cheese until the last five minutes."

The Discovered Culinary Competition is open to all Canadian chefs employed in the hospitality/foodservice industry. You must be at least 19 years old to compete. There is no entry fee.The competition is sponsored by Discover and presented by Nella Cucina and the CRFA Show. For more information and to apply, go to the Discovered Culinary Competition page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/discoveredchefs.

Chef Gill will next compete on March 4 or 5 at the CRFA (Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association) Show, Canada's largest event for hospitality professionals. The four semi-final winners will then compete on March 6 to determine the overall winner.

Registration for the CRFA Show (trade only) is open now at www.crfashow.ca and those who register before Jan. 16 are entered into a draw to win a professional espresso machine worth $1,500.

SOURCE Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association

For further information:

Prasanthi Vasanthakumar, Communications Specialist, 1-800-387-5649, ext. 4254 or pvasanthakumar@crfa.ca

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