Canada’s Great Kitchen Party
Regional Qualifier for the Canadian Culinary Championships
With Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson accepting the “Championship Host Trophy” from Daniel Bibby, representing 2019 host Kelowna, Canada’s Great Kitchen Party announced on April 16 that the nation’s capital will host the 2020 Canadian Culinary Championships (CCCs). Featuring the top twelve Chefs in the country, all champions of regional Great Kitchen Party events, the CCCs will challenge in three events: Mystery Wine Pairing, “Black Box” and Grand Finale.
“We are thrilled to bring our premiere culinary event to Ottawa;” said Great Kitchen Party Co-Founder Karen Blair. “It’s very fitting that the best chefs in Canada will be competing for the Championship trophy in the shadow of Parliament Hill”.
For over ten years, Ottawa has held a regional event for 500 people and the gold medalist has travelled west to the Canadian Culinary Championships. “In that time, Ottawa-Gatineau has punched well above its weight,” said Head Judge and National Culinary Advisor, James Chatto. “Michael Blackie, Jamie Stunt and Joe Thottungal have all won silver at the CCC. Marc Lepine won the whole thing twice, in 2012 and 2015; and now Yannick LaSalle is the new Champion. No other region in Canada has taken home the trophy three times.”
With the Canadian Culinary Championships being held in Ottawa in Jan/Feb, 2020, there will be a boutique event held on Tuesday, November 19 at Le Cordon Bleu to crown the culinary gold medalist. The winner will then go on to compete at the Canadian Culinary Championships and will have home city advantage!
With Ottawa’s regional qualifier being a boutique event with limited tickets, tickets are being made available to purchase to anyone who purchases tickets to the Canadian Culinary Championships.
From left to right: Silver Medalist, Christopher Hill, Taste Restaurant Group, representing Saskatoon, Gold Medalist, Yannick LaSalle, Les Fougères, representing Ottawa-Gatineau, Bronze Medalist, Dave Bohati, Murrieta’s, representing Calgary.
CO-CHAIRS: Michael Runia, Chris Klotz and Chris Taggart