Salon Rendez-vous HRI, 2009 edition - The Combat des Toques challenge... a unique food competition concept in Canada

    MONTREAL, Feb. 2 /CNW Telbec/ - The three-day program for the 2009 Salon
Rendez-vous HRI, organized by the Hotel and Restaurant Suppliers Association
Inc. (HRSA), will include a series of promotional activities intended to
launch and extensively publicize this food competition, which will honour
Quebec products throughout 2009-2010.
    Each round of the Combat des Toques will serve as an opportunity for
participating chefs - often the trendsetters of the profession - to present
visitors with a recipe created using the best products grown in Quebec.
    A state-of-the-art kitchen setting will be made available to the chefs,
and those interested will have a chance to watch while the suggested dishes
are prepared.
    This competition will also help improve marketing and raise the profile
of local products, which are often unrecognized but easily available for
    From May to July 2009, 30 chefs will be selected from all regions of
Quebec as part of the Combat des Toques contest. Each of these chefs will have
an opportunity to present a holiday-themed recipe for inclusion in a
collection that will be published and available for sale in early December
    The competition semi-finals will be held in Quebec City and Montreal, in
September 2009, and the eight chosen finalists will participate in the grand
final round, at the 2010 Salon Rendez-vous HRI, in Montreal's Place

    This concept was developed jointly with the Société des chefs, cuisiniers
et pâtissiers du Québec (SCCPQ), to support in particular the promotion
efforts of Quebec's Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, as well as
those of the Department, in encouraging the consumption of Quebec-produced

For further information:

For further information: about the Combat des Toques: Renée-Maude
Garneau, (514) 839-0499

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