The Royal serves up second helping of International Chef Challenge

Culinary creativity will be on the table when top chefs square off on November 8, 2015

TORONTO, Oct. 27, 2015 /CNW/ - An international food fight is cooking at the upcoming Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto.

Following a successful inaugural competition last year, The Royal is serving up a second helping of its International Invitational Chef Challenge when the Fair returns to Exhibition Place from Nov. 6-15, 2015.

Food lovers will be able to watch top chefs from Toronto, Florida and Northern Ireland put their culinary talents on the table on Sunday, November 8 at the Burnbrae Farms Food and Lifestyle Stage. Award-winning chef and author Ted Reader will host the competition.

"The Royal is all about the very best in fresh, local food and farming, so it will be a real thrill to see these chefs put their passion and creativity to the test," said Charlie Johnstone, The Royal's Chief Executive Officer.

Chefs competing in the event include:

  • Joshua Dyer, Chef de Cuisine at EPIC Restaurant at Toronto's Fairmont Royal York Hotel. Recognized as one of 2015's Top 30 Under 30 by the Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance, Chef Dyer brings extensive experience to EPIC at Fairmont Royal York with over ten years in the culinary industry.
  • Mark Aleks, Chef at the Palm Beach Convention Center where he regularly hosts plated dinner parties for up to 5000 attendees. He was awarded the 2010 International Wine and Food Society of Palm Beach County award for Chef/Restaurant of the Year, as well as was the Featured Chef during the 2009 Flavor of Palm Beach.
  • Eddie Attwell, Chef at Ardtara Country House in Upperlands, Northern Ireland. Twice a Roux scholarship finalist, Chef Attwell previously worked in many top kitchens across England, including L'Enclume, a Michelin two-star restaurant in England's Lake District. Tourism Ireland has sponsored Chef Attwell's participation in the event.

In addition to cooking competitions and interactive presentations at the Burnbrae Farms Food and Lifestyle Stage, The Royal will feature 10 days of family-oriented entertainment, exhibits and agricultural competition.

To get a sense of what's in store at The Royal 2015, check out this video preview.

Funding support for The Royal has been provided by the City of Toronto and the Government of Ontario.

About The Royal:

The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair is the world's largest combined indoor agricultural and equestrian show.  This year, the 93rd Royal Agricultural Winter Fair runs November 6-15, 2015 at Exhibition Place, Toronto. For competition schedules, live webcasting, results and to purchase tickets, please visit

SOURCE Royal Agricultural Winter Fair

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