CANADA'S TOP CHEFS COOK WITH NATURAL GAS

New NANOS national survey shows 8 of 10 favour natural gas

VANCOUVER, June 13, 2011 /CNW/ - The Canadian Gas Association (CGA) today released results of a national survey that shows that 80% of Canadian Executive Chefs prefer cooking professionally with natural gas.

Chefs cited the speed (22% of respondents), and the "outstanding" quality of natural gas (18%) as the top two unprompted reasons they prefer cooking with natural gas. The survey results were announced at the 48th Annual Canadian Culinary Federation National Convention and Conference in Vancouver, BC.

"Cooking with natural gas is the only way to go," said Judson Simpson, President of the Canadian Culinary Federation. "It's reliable, consistent, and gives me the control I need when preparing a high quality meal for my patrons. Natural gas is an important part of meal preparation."

"Cooking with natural gas is a smart energy choice," said Timothy M. Egan, Canadian Gas Association CEO. "Natural gas is clean, abundant and reliable and it clearly delivers the best results at the dinner table."

"From a research standpoint, what I found striking were the superlatives executive chefs used to describe their views of cooking with natural gas. They ranged from "amazing", 'phenomenal' and 'outstanding' to 'the best' and 'excellent'," said Nik Nanos, President and CEO of Nanos Research.

Canadians also use natural gas to heat homes and businesses, to power vehicles, and for home appliances such as stoves, ovens, dryers, fireplaces and barbeques.

The random telephone survey of 200 chefs was conducted by Nanos Research between May 13 and 20, 2011 and has a margin of error of 7.0 percentage points, plus or minus, 19 times out of 20.

The sample list of eligible executive chefs was drawn from a series of sources by Nanos, including the Canadian Culinary Federation website, The Great Canadian Dining Guide and the Where to Eat in Canada guide.

About CGA
Natural gas has a central place in Canada's energy mix meeting 30 per cent of the country's energy needs.  Today, over six million customers representing well over half the Canadian population rely on natural gas for heat and power in homes, apartments, buildings, businesses, hospitals and schools.

CGA is the voice of Canada's natural gas distribution industry and its members are distribution companies, transmission companies, equipment manufacturers and other service providers.

About the Canadian Culinary Federation
The CCF is dedicated, through training and partnering, to the promotion of a distinctly Canadian food culture both nationally and internationally. It is committed to the development of innovative and engaging learning opportunities that inspire its members to be passionate, respectful and tolerant professionals who make a difference in the community.

SOURCE Canadian Gas Association

For further information:

For more information please visit www.cga.ca or contact:

Paula Dunlop,
Director, Public Affairs and Strategy
Canadian Gas Association
613-614-3280
pdunlop@cga.ca


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