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
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
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