Roasted chefs ready to compete at BC Foodservice Expo

VANCOUVER, Jan. 13, 2012 /CNW/ - The stoves will be hot and the competition even hotter, when 12 professional chefs from across BC participate in the annual Roasted competition, held at the BC Foodservice Expo, taking place Jan. 29-30 at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

The Roasted Competition is a professional chef challenge. Competitors work in restaurants across the province and pursue professional challenges as ways of bettering their skills in the kitchen.

Chefs from across BC were encouraged to participate in the competition. All 12 chefs are active members of the Canadian Culinary Federation. Chefs from each of the four provincial chapters will represent their region thanks to a combination of merit, previous competition experience and success in regional challenges.

  • Jeff Kang - Diva at the Met, Vancouver
  • Rebecca Johnson - Italian Cultural Centre, Vancouver
  • Gerard Martin -Penticton Trade and Convention Centre, Penticton
  • Romeo Oloresisimo - Ora Restaurant, Kamloops
  • Tyler Leeson - Kingfisher Restaurant at Halcyon Hot Springs Resort, Nakusp
  • William Tse - The Sandbar, Vancouver
  • James Marinoff - Bon Rouge Bistro and Lounge, Victoria
  • John Waller - Victoria
  • Colman Herrington - Vancouver
  • Nathan Wright - Coast, Vancouver
  • James Hanna - RauDZ Regional Table, Kelowna
  • Dan Craig - Delta, Burnaby

The winner and the runner-up proceed to Toronto to be part of the Discovered Culinary Competition at the CRFA Show, March 4-6. The Discovered Culinary Competition is a four-month search for the best of Canada's up-and-coming culinary stars. The winning chef will get the opportunity of a lifetime: an all-expenses-paid trip to spend a week cooking at a Michelin-star restaurant in northern Spain. The two BC chefs will travel to Toronto with funds provided by competition sponsor Sysco Vancouver.

With over 250 exhibit booths featuring new products, foods, ideas and services, the BC Foodservice Expo is British Columbia's largest hospitality trade show. Industry professionals who register will join more than 5,000 attendees who travel from the Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley, Vancouver Island and the Okanagan to attend two days of focused trade show, seminars and chef competitions.

Register online at to take advantage of the special advance discount - $20 off the on-site registration fee.

The BC Foodservice Expo is owned and operated by the Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association, one of the country's leading business associations with more than 30,000 members. CRFA also owns and operates the CRFA Show ( and is the title sponsor of the ApEx show in Halifax ( and the Alberta Foodservice Expo ( Proceeds from the shows fund CRFA's advocacy, research and member services in support of a growing and prosperous Canadian restaurant industry.

SOURCE Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association

For further information:

Media contact:
Samantha Scholefield, BC Foodservice Expo Show Manager 
Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association
Office: 604-685-9655 x2 Cell 604-838-7956

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