Five gourmet courses in only forty minutes

    Toronto chefs go head-to-head in the CRFA Show's "Iron Chef Accelerated"

    TORONTO, Feb. 15 /CNW/ - We've taken away the "mystery ingredient" - and
shaved 20 minutes off the clock.
    On Sunday, March 2, the CRFA Show and Garland Canada will present the
first-ever "Iron Chef Accelerated," a live culinary event that will challenge
two top Toronto chefs to create five gourmet dishes in 40 minutes or less.
    Competing chefs will be judged on their ability to produce the highest
quality food in the shortest period of time - not the fastest food in the
fewest minutes. The chefs are challenged to create menu items that could be
served in their own fine restaurants with no difference in taste, quality or
presentation, compared to their regular menu items.
    In the competition, both chefs will use accelerated cooking equipment
from Garland Canada - Merrychef 402s ovens and 2.5 kW induction cookers - and
their dishes will be judged using the same high standards used in
international cooking exhibitions.
    The competition will be judged by chefs from two of Canada's leading
culinary schools - George Brown College and Humber College - and will be
hosted by Toronto's own Kevin Brauch, host of "The Thirsty Traveler" and floor
reporter for "Iron Chef America: The Series."

    WHO:   Garland Canada Iron Chef: Jason Rosso (Executive Chef, The Boiler
           House Restaurant, The Distillery Restaurant Group)

           Challenger: Jason Bangerter (Executive Chef, Auberge du Pommier,
           Oliver Bonacini Restaurants)

           Judges: Chefs Robert McCann and Anthony Bevan (Humber College) and
           Chefs John Walker and John Higgins (George Brown)

           Moderator: Kevin Brauch

    WHAT:  Competing chefs will create a five-course meal in 40 minutes or

    WHEN:  4:30 p.m., Sunday, March 2, 2008

    WHERE: HostEx/Garland stage, the 2008 CRFA Show (Direct Energy Centre,
           Exhibition Place), Toronto

    NOTE:  Advance media accreditation is required. Interested media are
           asked to register online in advance:

    The CRFA Show is a trade-only event owned and operated by the Canadian
Restaurant and Foodservices Association and sponsored by VISA. For more
information about the show, visit

For further information:

For further information: Jeni Armstrong, CRFA Communications Specialist,
1-800-387-5649, ext. 4254; Larry Orton, Garland Canada Product Manager, (905)

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