TORONTO, Jan. 30 /CNW/ - Students from three of Canada's top culinary
schools are sharpening their knives as they prepare to win big at the 2008
S.Pellegrino(TM) Almost Famous Chef(SM) Regional Competition in Toronto. The
aspiring chefs are vying for the chance to compete at the Finals Competition,
to be held in March at the prestigious Culinary Institute of America in Napa
Valley, where someone will be crowned Almost Famous Chef and receive
$10,000 US as well as an opportunity to work with a nationally-renowned chef.
Members of the media are invited to attend this photo/interview
opportunity and find out who has what it takes to represent Canada at the
VISUALS: Who will handle the heat? Watch six competitors from Montréal's
ITHQ (Institut de tourisme et d'hôtellerie du Québec), The
International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Vancouver
and host school Toronto's George Brown College heat up the
kitchen in a quest to tickle the taste buds of the chef and
media judges with their signature dishes. A trip to Napa Valley
and a chance to claim the title of Almost Famous Chef is on the
The judges will evaluate the competitors on kitchen skills,
taste, preparation and "x-factor," a criterion based on
personality and general charisma.
WHO: Six culinary students selected from the top of their class to
participate in the Canadian Regional Competition.
Highly respected chef judges: Jason Rosso of The Distillery
Restaurant Corp., Daniel Schick of Le Royal Meridien King
Edward Hotel, Lynda Larouche of Watermark Restaurant on Kits
Beach, and Frédéric St-Aubin of Club 357c.
Distinguished media judges: Elizabeth Baird of Canadian Living
Magazine, Dick Snyder of City Bites Magazine, Roseanna Caira of
Foodservice & Hospitality
WHERE: The George Brown Chef's School at George Brown College
300 Adelaide Street East, Room 250, Toronto
WHEN: Saturday February 2, from 10a.m. to 2p.m.
Tasting Reception will take place from 12p.m. to 2p.m. at
Siegfried's Dining Room
Winner Announcement Immediately Following Tasting Reception
WHAT: The S.Pellegrino(TM) Almost Famous Chef(TM) Competition was
created in an effort to facilitate mentoring and communication
between established celebrity chefs, media and groups of top
culinary students poised to enter the ultra competitive
culinary world. Through the program, the student chefs are able
to gain recognition for their culinary skills, as well as their
ability to communicate and perform under pressure.
S.Pellegrino(R) Sparkling Natural Mineral Water, on behalf of
Nestlé Waters Canada, has expanded its Canadian Regional
Competition this year to include top culinary schools in
Toronto, Montreal and, for the first time, Vancouver.
For further information:
For further information: Frances Manlucu, (416) 969-2715,