--Brilliant culinary student travels to the finals competition for a chance to be the culinary world's next rising star-
TORONTO, Jan. 31, 2012 /CNW/ - Last night at the Calphalon Culinary
Center in Toronto Institut de tourisme et d'hôtellerie du Québec
student Daniela Molettieri showcased her skills against some of the
most talented culinary students in Canada. The judging panel included
Chef Jonas Mangao of Lee Restaurant, Chef Heinrich Meesen, Le Château
Laurier, Chef Julia Hanna, Julia's Ristorante, Chef Sebastien Houle,
Restaurant sEb, Chef Richardo Roque, Brasserie Crème, and media judges
Annabelle Waugh, Food Director, Canadian Living Magazine, Emily
Richards, Food Columnist, Metro Newspapers and Alexa Clark, blogger at
unsweetened.ca. The panel awarded Molettieri the once-in-a-lifetime
chance to compete at the finals competition to be held at The Culinary
Institute of America at Greystone in Napa Valley from March 9-12, 2012.
The fast-paced, high-pressure cooking competition included six culinary
students representing The George Brown Chefs School (Toronto), The
International Culinary School at the Art Institute of Vancouver, École
hôtelière de la Capitale (Québec City) and Institut de tourisme et
d'hôtellerie du Québec (Montréal).
Molettieri won high marks with her innovative signature dish recipe,
Fillet of Veal Stuffed with Wild Mushrooms. The demanding, in-depth
evaluation from the judging panel took place during a lively tasting
reception for local media, chefs and invited guests. Molettieri was met
with cheers and applause as she was crowned the Canadian regional
"I owe a lot of my success this evening to Chef Côté, my ITHQ advisor,"
says Molettieri. "He spent a lot of time helping me prepare for this
competition and his patience really paid off."
In celebration of its 10th year, Molettieri will join the nine past winners of the S.Pellegrino Almost Famous Chef Competition during the three-day finals event. Past winners
will work alongside Molettieri and an esteemed judging panel to mentor
the 10 finalists throughout the three days of fierce competition. All
finals competitors will be evaluated in three competition categories:
the Mystery Basket, Signature Dish and People's Choice.
The highly intense, star-powered weekend will culminate with the
announcement of the 2012 S.Pellegrino Almost Famous Chef. The event will be broadcast live via the Almost Famous Chef Competition Facebook fan page where viewers can vote for
their favorite competitor and ask questions of the celebrity chef
panel. The overall winner will take home the title along with up to
$22,000 in prizes and a career-changing apprenticeship with a master
Another winner at the S.Pellegrino Almost Famous Chef Canadian Regional Competition was Anne-Marie Plourde, a
student at École hôtelière de la Capitale. She won the hearts and
palates of everyone in attendance at The Calphalon Center and was
rewarded with the People's Choice award for her signature recipe,
Roasted Duck Breast and Gingerbread Crusted Foie Gras.
"I'm really pleased to win the People's Choice award," says Plourde.
"Even though I didn't win overall, I know a lot of people enjoyed my
About the S.Pellegrino® Almost Famous Chef® Competition
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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 Almost Famous Chef Competition, student chefs are given the opportunity to
gain unmatched experience, while cooking in some of the most
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