Students get cooking in The Royal High School Chef Challenge

Toronto's Bendale Business and Technical Institute serves up win

TORONTO, Nov. 12, 2015 /CNW/ - A team of students from Toronto has taken home top prize in The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair's inaugural High School Chef Challenge.

Bendale Business and Technical Institute earned top ranking from the judges in the cooking competition on Tuesday, Nov. 10, edging out student teams from Bramalea Secondary School in Brampton and Thistletown Collegiate Institute in Rexdale.

The Bendale team of students Brooklyn Bouffard, Emily Shannon, Caroline Fermo and Chase Clarke was coached by teacher Darren Beer.

The competition was a collaborative effort by The Royal and FoodShare Toronto, a non-profit organization that works with communities and schools to deliver healthy food and food education.

"We welcome thousands of students to The Royal every year to help them learn more about agriculture and fresh, local food," said Charlie Johnstone, The Royal's Chief Executive Officer. "This new high school chef challenge was a great way to accomplish that goal in a fun, interactive way."

In partnership with FoodShare Toronto, The Royal invited high school teams from across the province to submit their best recipes. The three winners of the recipe competition earned spots at the table in the Royal High School Chef Competition on the Burnbrae Farms Food & Lifestyle Stage.

Bendale cooked up its winning performance with a smoked turkey ravioli dish, featuring acorn squash and fresh heirloom tomato concasse.

Featuring 10 days of family-oriented entertainment, exhibits and agricultural competition, The Royal kicked off November 6, 2015 at Toronto's Exhibition Place. The Fair continues bringing country life to the heart of Canada's largest city until November 15, 2015.

A full schedule of events can be found at

With more than one million square feet of displays and competition facilities, The Royal welcomes more than 300,000 visits annually. In 2014, The Royal delivered an economic benefit of $40 million to the City of Toronto.

Funding support for The Royal has been provided by the City of Toronto and the Government of Ontario.

About The Royal:

The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair is the world's largest combined indoor agricultural and equestrian show.  This year, the 93rd Royal Agricultural Winter Fair runs November 6-15, 2015 at Exhibition Place, Toronto. For competition schedules, live webcasting, results and to purchase tickets, please visit

SOURCE Royal Agricultural Winter Fair

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