Top-ten finish for Canadian Chef David Wong at global culinary showdown

    Title sponsor Moxie's Classic Grill congratulates Team Canada on a job
    well done at the prestigious Bocuse d'Or

    CALGARY, Jan. 29 /CNW/ - Moxie's Classic Grill is proud to announce that
Chef David Wong and the Canadian Bocuse d'Or team achieved success placing in
the top ten at this year's Bocuse d'Or in Lyon, France. With a ninth place
overall finish for Bocuse Team Canada, Chef Wong's apprentice Grace Pineda won
top honours for "Best Commis (Apprentice)." Their participation at the most
prestigious culinary competition in the world has helped foster worldwide
appreciation for the quality and character of Canadian cuisine. This rewarding
experience for Team Canada is a culmination of years of hard work from Chef
Wong and months of support from title sponsor, Moxie's Classic Grill.
    "On behalf of the entire Moxie's family, I'd like to congratulate Chef
Wong and his team for their performance at this year's Bocuse d'Or," said
Laurids Skaarup, President of Moxie's Classic Grill. "We're a fiercely proud
Canadian company and these are fiercely proud Canadian competitors. At
Moxie's, we have always known that Canada is blessed with tremendous culinary
talent, evidenced in David's top-ten placement and Grace's award for "Best
    Leading up to the 2009 Bocuse d'Or, Chef David Wong spent the past six
years training to perfect his craft. After winning the Canadian Bocuse d'Or
nomination in 2007, David put his instructor duties at The Art Institute of
Vancouver on hold to prepare full time for the Bocuse d'Or competition.
    "This has been an incredible journey, and it was truly a privilege to
represent Canada at the Bocuse d'Or. The competition is unbelievably fierce,
and the opportunity to compete at this level is something I will never
forget," said Chef Wong. "Moxie's dedication gave us advantages no other
Canadian competitor in the history of Bocuse has enjoyed - we were able to
train full time in the months leading up to the competition, work with young
Moxie's chefs across Canada, and share our story with Canadians."
    The Bocuse d'Or is held every two years in Lyon, France and was founded
in 1987 by legendary chef Paul Bocuse, who is widely accepted as the father of
modern cuisine. The competition sees 24 chefs from 24 countries competing to
take home gold, silver, or bronze and the respect of the global culinary
community. This year's event took place on January 27 and 28, 2009.
    Underlining the Bocuse d'Or's emphasis on learning and mentorship, Chef
Wong was assisted by Grace Pineda, who is completing her apprenticeship at the
Vancouver Fairmont Waterfront Hotel under Chef Wayne Harris. "This has been
the journey of a lifetime - Chef Wong has mentored me every step of the way,
and I couldn't be more excited or more proud than I am right now," says
Pineda. The Bocuse d'Or requires that competing chefs mentor and bring as
their assistants apprentice chefs who are no older than 22 years of age.
    Contributing to Chef Wong's success is an all-star Canadian team, which
includes his mentor and coach Robert Allen Sulatycky, a Bocuse d'Or alumnus
whose fourth place finish at the 1999 Bocuse d'Or remains the best finish for
a North American chef. Chef Sulatycky is Executive Chef and Director of Food
and Beverage at the world-renowned Beverly Hills Hotel and Bungalows. Chef de
Mission Vincent Parkinson, Executive Chef of the Calgary Golf and Country
Club, has led Canadian culinary teams to victory in Luxembourg, Berlin, and
    "Sponsoring Team Canada at the Bocuse d'Or has been a tremendous
experience for Moxie's, and Team Canada's performance is icing on the cake. We
always believed that Canada can compete on the world stage; this is a reminder
for young, culinary talent that with passion, training and mentorship, they
can achieve anything,' said Mr. Skaarup. "Moxie's and Bocuse d'Or Canada share
a passion for food and a passion for learning, and we have seen both in
action. Our work with David and the Bocuse d'Or team gave us an opportunity
for our own emerging talented chefs from our kitchens across Canada to work
with Canadian world class chefs."
    Be sure to check out David's Facebook Fan Club. Become a fan and send a
congratulatory message to Team Canada. Facebook users can join the David Wong
Fan Club by clicking here:

    About Moxie's

    Founded in Calgary in 1986, Moxie's Classic Grill has 59 locations across
Canada, Moxie's is Canada's largest growing restaurant chain in the premium
casual sector. Moxie's is a Canadian success story with system sales exceeding
$240 million. Moxie's operates upper tier casual restaurants coast to coast
and is open seven days a week for lunch, dinner and late-night dining.

    About Bocuse d'Or

    The Bocuse d'Or was founded in 1987 by legendary French Chef Paul Bocuse
and Albert Romain, organizer of the trade exhibition. Their vision was to
create a competition that would bring the greatest chefs out from behind
closed doors and onto the world stage. They wanted to share the atmosphere and
life of a great kitchen and give an international audience the opportunity to
see these great chefs at work. Nowhere else in the world of culinary arts is
there such a concentration of talent, competitive rivalry, and exquisite
cookery than at the Bocuse d'Or. This is the most prestigious culinary
competition in the world, a showcase for the talents of chefs who represent 24
countries in an intense, highly charged, and extremely noisy atmosphere.
Bocuse d'Or takes place over two days in conjunction with SIRHA, the
International Hotel Catering and Food Trade Exhibition, and attracts more than
160,000 visitors from around the world.

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