“Creamy, elegant and surprisingly easy to prepare,” says Clare Jones, home economist, nutritionist, and judge in this year’s Make It With Mushrooms Student Chef Challenge. “The team from Canadore College certainly brought their A-game when creating both their written recipe and corresponding cooking video.”
Similar to last year, this year’s challenge was extremely close with only a few points separating the first, second and third place winners, but in the end Canadore College claimed the title.
The Canadore College student chef team, consisting of Ryan Stencill and Isaac Bonfield, joined by video team Matthew Fraboni and Jeff Chattaway, worked under the direction of their course director Derek Lawday to create an elegant, yet simple recipe; Canadian Mushroom Cannelloni in a Goat Cheese Tarragon Cream Sauce.
Judging was based on a set of criteria that tested the student chefs’ culinary skills; taste, presentation and originality. Also included in this year’s challenge was a video submission. Videos were judged on a set of criteria including delivery of messages, originality and entertainment.
As the winning team, Canadore Collge was awarded a certificate recognizing their achievement as well as a $1,500 grant for their program, $1,500 for the student chef team, and an additional $600 for the video team.
“We plan to contribute our winnings towards our education and future competitions,” says the Canadore Student Chef team. Course Director Derek Lawday says the grant money will be used to “purchase equipment and offset travel to other competitions.”
The second place winners, Fanshawe College, were awarded a $1,000 grant, $1,000 for the student chef team, and $350 for the video team for their flavourful Fresh Ontario Mushroom Cheddar Burger with Roasted Peppers, Sweet and Sour Shallots, Chipotle Mayo and Portabello Fries.
Third place winners, Georgian College, were awarded a $500 grant, $500 for the student chef team, and $200 for the video team for their hearty and satisfying Mushroom Stampeder Dip with Sweet and Spicy Potato Chips.
This was the third Make It With Mushrooms Student Chef Challenge conducted by Mushrooms Canada. Seven community colleges accepted the challenge back in September, and each submitted a mushroom recipe and cooking video.
“This year’s challenge was distinctively different than last years, as we had removed the cook-off portion and replaced it with a video submission,” says Mushrooms Canada Marketing Manager Brittany Stager. With the demand for online cooking videos rising, Mushrooms Canada sees this challenge as a unique way to highlight fresh Ontario Mushrooms, and for the Colleges’ Culinary programs to showcase their students, culinary abilities, and facilities.
Watch the rest of the “Make it with Mushrooms Student Chef Challenge” videos on the Mushrooms Canada YouTube Channel.
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posted by Brittany