Acclaimed culinary student travels to finals competition for a chance to
jump-start culinary career
TORONTO, Feb. 26, 2013 /CNW/ - Jean-Christophe Comtois from École
hôtelière de la Capitale is now the 2013 S. Pellegrino® Almost Famous Chef® Canadian Regional Champion. Following last night's competition,
Comtois' next step will be to prepare for the intense and highly
competitive Finals Competition being held March 8-10 at The Culinary
Institute of America at Greystone, in Napa Valley, Calif.
Comtois skillfully executed his signature dish, Milk Veal tenderloin, Matsutake and "Tomme des Joyeux Fromagers"
flavored polenta to a panel of Canadian chefs and food journalists. Six
fellow culinary students from Humber College, The Canadian Food and
Wine Institute at Niagara College, the Pacific Institute of Culinary
Arts, The International Culinary School at the Art Institute of
Vancouver, the Culinary Institute of Vancouver Island and Institut de
tourisme et d'hôtellerie du Québec also competed and showcased their
expertise. The tasting and comprehensive evaluation from the judging
panel took place during a reception for local media, chefs and invited
The judging panel was composed of Chef Judges—Chef Brandon Thordarson of
Moxie's Bar & Grill (Calgary), Chef Normand Laprise of Restaurant Toqué
(Montréal), Chef Dan Potter of The Blackshop (Cambridge) and Chef Joe
Mercuri of Houston's Avenue Bar & Grill (Montréal) —and Media
Judges—Lisa Yeung of Huffington Post Canada, Katerine-Lune Rollet of Canoe.ca, Emily Richards of Metro Newspapers and Matthew Hague of Toronto Life.
Comtois will compete along with the other nine Regional Winners in a
three day finals competition, which will be evaluated by an esteemed
panel of judges in three competition categories: the Mystery Basket,
Signature Dish and People's Choice.
"When you put passion into what you do, great things can happen," said
Jean-Christophe Comtois after he was announced as the Canadian regional
winner. "I worked really hard to prepare for the S. Pellegrino Almost Famous Chef Canadian Regional Competition and it really paid off."
Another winner at the S.Pellegrino Almost Famous Chef Canadian Regional Competition was Kellie Callender, a
student at the Culinary Institute of Vancouver Island in Nanaimo, B.C.
He won the hearts and palates of everyone in attendance and was
rewarded with the People's Choice award for his signature recipe,
Sockeye salmon confit, Sunchoke puree, crab stuffed leek, beet quinoa
salad, sunchoke chips, crispy leeks and salmon skin.
"I'm thrilled everyone enjoyed my dish," said Kellie Callender. "The S.
Pellegrino Almost Famous Chef was a fantastic experience and I wouldn't trade it for
About the S.Pellegrino Almost Famous Chef® Competition
For centuries, Acqua Panna® Natural Spring Water and S.Pellegrino® Sparkling Natural Mineral Water have complemented fine food, wine and
the dining occasion. In support of this passion for gastronomy and
their commitment to the culinary arts, the S.Pellegrino Almost Famous Chef Competition was founded in 2002 as a mentoring program that
connects top culinary students with established chefs and influential
media. Since then this program has helped to launch hundreds of
culinary careers and refined the skills of a new generation of chefs.
Through the S. Pellegrino Almost Famous Chef Competition, student chefs are given the opportunity to gain
unmatched experience, while cooking in some of the most prestigious
kitchens in the world.
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