Canada’s Great Kitchen Party!

Regional Qualifier for the Canadian Culinary Championships

Join us for an amazing evening to celebrate Canadian Culture in food, sport and music!

Thursday October 25th

Victoria Conference Centre, Carson Hall

Victoria Competing Chefs (click photo to learn their stories)

Aleks Kornat

Aleks Kornat

Government House – Office of the Lieutenant Governor

Representing Victoria

Q & A with Aleks Kornat
Tell us about who or what inspired you to become a chef?
Constantly being surrounded by great meals prepared by both my mother, my father and grandparents led me to becoming a chef. I would spend time in the kitchen watching everyone and see what they did to keep us well fed and happy. I also loved the Swedish Chef on the Muppet Show as a kid and always thought it would be fun to cook the way that he did.
Where would you travel to on a culinary vacation and why?
Where not to go is the question... I would love to go back to New York... with its vibrant street markets or the displays of food at Eataly would be a starter. There are so many great restaurants, bars, food halls & café’s that makes it’s so hard to get to them all at once. It’s the ambiance of the New York city life that just gets you excited to eat, from Pizzerias in Brooklyn to a burger in Madison Park and all the way to 3 Michelin Star Restaurants... it’s a Chef’s meccha of food that it takes multiple times to get to the best places. I would also like to spend some time traveling through Asia & India to learn more about their food & culture and then spend some more time in Europe as well.
If you were an Olympic athlete what sport would you compete in and why?
I would participate in hockey... why... it’s the most Canadian thing to do and I love playing & watching hockey.
Gabe Fayerman-Hansen

Gabe Fayerman-Hansen

Little Jumbo View Website

Representing Victoria

Q & A with Gabe Fayerman-Hansen
Tell us about who or what inspired you to become a chef?
My family is a large, food loving group, and we always gathered around the table each night and for many special gatherings. I spent the majority of my teenage years watching culinary shows, and asking my Mother to let me take the car and grocery list to go pick up ingredients to test on my family and friends. Iron Chef Japan (the OG) was at the fore front of my love and passion for cooking. I would watch Hiroyuki Sakai created these magical presentations, and cooking with such flair and focus, that I knew I would do that one day. Working with Chef Candace Hartley was one of my first experiences in a professional kitchen at Dunsmuir Lodge, and it instilled some solid fundamentals that I still draw from each day. The team mates and acquaintances I’ve had the pleasure to get to know over the years have and still do inspire me. Growing vegetables and fruits with my Wife at our farm in Saanich, is invigorating and fulfilling. We are lucky to have access to that type of organic food security on a daily basis.
Please tell us three things you love about your restaurant.
  1. The freedom to create on a daily basis.
  2. Our awesome team.
  3. The diversity of our clientele.
Where would you travel to on a culinary vacation and why?
Spain. The food and drink culture is amazing, and there is lots to learn and see. Colorful, passionate people. Very, very nice ham.
Rob Cassels

Rob Cassels

Saveur Restaurant View Website

Representing Victoria

Paul Cecconi

Paul Cecconi

Brodo Kitchen View Website

Representing Penticton

Q & A with Paul Cecconi
What is your favourite thing about Canada’s Great Kitchen Party?
I grew up playing several different sports and still do now as I am older and with my family... so I am very grateful that I can contribute my efforts along to many of our Canadian athletes who dedicate countless hours to their craft... in a different light I have always been very competitive in any cooking competition I have been in so I thrive under this spotlight and I look forward to pushing myself to produce something special in which I hope all guests+judges will appreciate.
Tell us about who or what inspired you to become a chef?
Started in kitchens very young at age 13 and from day 1 I wanted to always learn more..i was inspired by a variety of different cookbooks, cooking shows etc and also inspired by the several cooks/chefs I worked with.
What do you love about cooking for a living?
It always provides challenges... gives many opportunities to be creative... the camaraderie you get working with a brigade... working with local farmers+producers.
Paul Moran

Paul Moran

1909 Kitchen View Website

Representing Tofino

Q & A with Paul Moran
What do you love about cooking for a living?
The ability to work anywhere in the world that I like.
Where would you travel to on a culinary vacation and why?
China, I’ve never been and the food culture has immense interest as I don't know much about it.
If you were an Olympic athlete what sport would you compete in and why?
Snowboarding down hill, I consider myself an expert downhill snowboarder and It is my favourite pastime.
Ryan Zuvich

Ryan Zuvich

LaStella Trattoria View Website

Representing Nanaimo

Q & A with Ryan Zuvich
Tell us about who or what inspired you to become a chef?
My inspiration probably came from my grandparents in Croatia, think prosciutto and fresh caught fish, our own olive oil and the best tomatoes in the world...
What’s your favourite thing to cook at home?
It's more about cooking with my family than what is made.
Tell us something most people don’t know about you.
I once got on a train and woke up in the wrong country.
Takashi Ito

Takashi Ito

AURA waterfront restaurant + patio View Website

Representing Victoria

Tony Starratt

Tony Starratt

Two Rivers Specialty Meats View Website

Representing North Vancouver

Q & A with Tony Starratt
Please tell us three things you love about your restaurant.
  1. Working for Two Rivers is unlike any other restaurant as it is also a meat wholesale company, which has given me opportunity to be exposed to ingredients on many different level.
  2. The Team here at Two Rivers is a dream to work with, it is very much family atmosphere.
  3. Two Rivers takes pride in being apart of the community, taking time to build relationships with local businesses and farmers while giving back whenever possible.
What is your favourite thing about Canada’s Great Kitchen Party?
It is great that Canada’s Great Kitchen Party gives Canadian chefs the opportunity for healthy competition amongst our peers while supporting our athletes.
What do you love about cooking for a living?
I love that cooking gives you the ability to connect with people on a personal level, as It’s amazing when someone’s memories are provoked through your food.
Felix Zhou

Felix Zhou

Heritage Asian Eatery View Website

Representing Vancouver

Ticket Packages & Prices

A Dish by Chef Blake Flann
A Dish by Chef Blake Flann
  • Individual Ticket: $375
  • Corporate Table: table of 10 guests: $3750
  • VIP Athlete Hosted Table: VIP access, table of 10 guests + elite athlete from amateur, para or pro-sport: $5500
  • Silver Partner: on site branding, VIP access, table of 10 guests + elite athlete from amateur, para or pro-sport: $10000
  • Gold Partner: pre-event and on site branding, VIP access, special benefits, two tables of 10 guests + 2 elite athletes from amateur, para or pro-sport:  $25000

(Taxes not included)

Event Chair

Bruce Courtnall

Bruce Courtnall

Partners

Thank you to the partners and supporters who provide vital support to the project!

Event Schedule

Victoria Winning Chefs

5:15pm – VIP Reception (Stand up format)
This reception is for Deloitte, Gold Partners, Silver Partners, VIP Athlete Hosted Table buyers, athletes and celebrities in attendance.
  • Featuring Alex Chen, Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar, 2017 Victoria Gold Medal winner and Gold Medalist at the Canadian Culinary Championships
  • Silent Auction, raffles and KP Pints
5:30pm – Early access to chef stations for VIPs
6:00pm – The Competition (stand up format)
General Admittance for corporate table and individual ticket buyers
  • Tasting of the top 10 chefs’ creations
  • Tasting of Canada’s best wines, spirits and KP Pints – Canada’s best craft beers
  • Silent Auction, Raffles
  • Athletes and celebrities in attendance
7:40 PM – Celebration Gala (sit down format)
  • Enjoy decadent dessert or cheese plate and Canadian wines
  • Recognition of the evening’s competing chefs, athletes and musicians
  • MC – coming soon
  • Entertainment – coming soon
  • Crowning of the Culinary Bronze, Silver and Gold medalists
  • Live Auction– Trips to include: Big White Culinary Adventure, Tuscany, Mallorca – Spain, The Caribbean (new), Morocco, Vietnam (new), NAPA (brought back!), Newfoundland through the eyes of Alan Doyle (brought back!) and the 1001 Km Cycling Challenge From Lake Louise to Whistler
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Judges

  • James Chatto, National Culinary Advisor
  • Sid Cross, Co-Senior Judge
  • Andrew Morrison, Co-Senior Judge
  • Peter Zambri
  • Chef Alex Chen

Contact

Scott Gurney
17 Black Events Ltd.
2138 Stone Gate
Victoria, BC V9B-6R5
P: 250-516-9797
E: victoria@greatkitchenparty.com

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