~ Montreal's Jean Émond takes homes the national title in ACE Bakery's Canada's Best Sandwich Contest ~
TORONTO, Oct. 17, 2013 /CNW/ - After slicing and dicing their way to the
Sandwich Showdown, one Canadian aced the final competition. ACE Bakery
and Food Network Canada personality, Bob Blumer, today announced that
Jean Émond's North African Lamb Sandwich with Harissa and Figs on ACE
Bakery Ciabatta has been officially toasted Canada's Best Sandwich. Along with the national title, Émond is the winner of a $10,000 prize
and $10,000 donation towards his charity of choice, World Wildlife Fund
Canada's four regional finalists faced off this morning in a Sandwich
Showdown in the Cooking School at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, where
they created their sandwiches in front of a judging panel and live
audience. After tasting each of the creations, Bob Blumer, Julie Van
Rosendaal, popular Calgary-based blogger behind DinnerWithJulie.com,
and Marcus Mariathas, ACE Bakery's master baker, evaluated each recipe
based on taste appeal, creativity, innovation and originality in order
to select a winner.
"All four finalists inspired us with their culinary skills and
imagination in the kitchen, and it was a challenge to decide on just
one winner," said Bob Blumer, host of Food Network Canada's World's Weirdest Restaurants. "Émond's unique mix of ingredients created a delicious flavour
combination that danced off our taste buds. Along with the beautiful
presentation, the recipe really stood out to the judges and was a notch
above the others."
Émond developed this recipe through a step-by-step process starting with
his chosen protein, lamb. From there, he layered on various ingredients
and spices to create the perfect balance of flavours.
"I really wasn't expecting this, but I'm so excited my recipe has earned
the title of Canada's Best Sandwich!" said Émond, overall winner of Canada's Best Sandwich Contest. "I love being adventurous in the kitchen and it's so rewarding to know
my creativity is paying off."
The other three finalists included Ashley Seely from Rothesay, New
Brunswick; Meghan Légère from Toronto, Ontario; and, Linh Huynh from
The four finalists were chosen from hundreds of recipes that were
submitted to Canada's Best Sandwich Contest: Anniversary Edition from across Canada, a contest run by ACE Bakery in celebration of its 20th anniversary. Each entry was reviewed and scored by Blumer, Van
Rosendaal and Mariathas, and four finalists were chosen - one from
Western Canada (including British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and
Manitoba), Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada (including New
Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland). Each
finalist received $1,000 cash prize and $1,000 to donate towards their
charity of choice.
Images and recipes are available for download here.
ABOUT ACE BAKERY:
One of North America's leading artisan bakeries, ACE Bakery opened in
1993 creating hand-made, European-style rustic breads. The gentle
shaping of each loaf, long fermentation periods, and a stone deck oven
all work to create exceptionally flavourful bread with a pleasing
texture and crisp crust. The breads contain no preservatives and are
made with the finest ingredients. ACE Bakery's baguettes and artisan
breads are available at hundreds of restaurants, hotels, caterers,
grocery and gourmet food shops across Canada, throughout the United
States and the Caribbean.
Community involvement is an essential part of ACE's philosophy. The
company donates a percentage of its net profits to charitable
organizations in the principle centres where ACE breads are sold. ACE's
focus is on food and nutrition programs that assist low-income members
of the community, financing culinary scholarships and supporting
organic farming initiatives.
SOURCE: ACE Bakery
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