Toronto's aspiring chef cooks up winning recipe at prestigious culinary competition



    Slices, dices and sautés his way to win a spot at Finals Competition in
    Napa Valley

    TORONTO, Feb. 4 /CNW/ - You could cut the tension with a knife as
Toronto's Bryan McMillan was announced the winner of the 6th Annual
S.Pellegrino(TM) Almost Famous Chef(SM) Canadian Regional Competition held
today at George Brown College in Toronto. Bryan will now go on to represent
Canada at the Finals Competition in Napa Valley in March. At the Finals event,
he will vie against nine other competitors from the United States for the
chance to win a $10,000 US cash prize, an exclusive opportunity to work with a
nationally-renowned chef, and the honour of becoming this year's S.Pellegrino
Almost Famous Chef.
    Faced with heated competition, six culinary peers representing George
Brown College, Institut de tourisme et d'hôtellerie du Québec and The
International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Vancouver, were given
two hours to prepare their one-of-a-kind signature dishes. In the end, Bryan's
recipe had the most sizzle, impressing professional chef and media judges with
his innovative creation of Porcini-Dusted Halibut, Braised Short Ribs.
    "It is a privilege to represent Canada at such a prestigious event," said
Bryan. "The next level of the Almost Famous Chef competition will provide me
with an extraordinary opportunity to hone my skills as I go head to head with
the top culinary students in North America."
    The Almost Famous Chef Competition was created by S.Pellegrino(R)
Sparkling Natural Mineral Water as a way to encourage mentoring between top
culinary students, highly respected chefs and influential media. This year's
Canadian Regionals judging panel was comprised of an impressive list of
celebrity chefs and media, including Toronto's Jason Rosso of The Distillery
Restaurant Corp. and Daniel Schick of Le Royal Meridien King Edward Hotel,
Vancouver's Lynda Larouche of Watermark Restaurant on Kits Beach, and
Montreal's Frédéric St-Aubin of Club 357c. Media judges were Elizabeth Baird
of Canadian Living Magazine, Dick Snyder of City Bites Magazine and Roseanna
Caira of Foodservice & Hospitality. The S.Pellegrino(TM) Almost Famous
Chef(SM) Finals Competition will take place in Napa Valley from March 7-10.

    About S.Pellegrino

    The No.1 sparkling mineral water brand in fine dining restaurants,
S.Pellegrino(R) Sparkling Natural Mineral Water has been appreciated as the
perfect meal accompaniment since its discovery in the 13th century. High in
the mountains north of Milan, the waters rise from an underground aquifer,
where 14 distinct minerals in the limestone and volcanic rock impart a unique
flavor. Lightly carbonated, S.Pellegrino is the ideal complement to every
dining experience. For more information on S.Pellegrino, visit
www.sanpellegrino.com or www.nestle-watersna.com.





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For further information: Frances Manlucu, (416) 969-2715,
fmanlucu@environicspr.com

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