Canadian Culinary Championship
February 2 – 3, 2024, Ottawa
Who will have the chance to compete at this prestigious national finale and be crowned the 2024 Canadian Culinary Champion?
The 2024 Contenders
Video credit: Algonquin College Television Broadcasting Program (ACTVB)
Staged in many cities across Canada in the fall, the regional events are a celebration of Canadian Excellence and include a regional culinary competition. The mission: ensure Canadian youth have equitable opportunities in music education, sport opportunities and food security.
In each of the cities, 5 – 10 chefs compete with a dish of their choice paired with a Canadian wine, beer or spirit. To be invited to compete locally is a notch in the belt. To win regional gold and be on the podium is a major achievement. To be eligible to compete against each of the regional gold winners in Ottawa the following year is a thrill. To be crowned the top chef in Canada at the Canadian Culinary Championship is a career changer!
Mystery Wine Pairing
Chefs are given a mystery bottle of wine and are challenged to create a dish with local ingredients that best complement the mysterious vintage. They have a limited time window and are given a minimal set budget. Guests will have the pleasure of sampling these creations on the opening night of the competition, in a stand-up cocktail reception format. During the event, guests will taste the mystery wine and play ‘judge’ as they vote on the ‘People’s Choice Award’ for the best food and wine pairing. The event will also feature a selection of wines, local craft beer, cocktails and artisanal food products. Food and beverages included.
NEW this year – Juno nominated, charismatic rocker, Terra Lightfoot will be featured!
One of the most exciting parts of the competition! Chefs will be given a black box containing a small array of diverse foods, and must produce and plate two spectacular dishes for the national judges – all in one short hour! Guests won’t get much closer to watching an Iron Chef-type competition than this! Algonquin College culinary students will create a fantastic spread of food during the competition for you to enjoy, and there is a mini-market featuring local products!
8:00 am – Noon
Collège La Cité
On the final night of the competition, anything goes and chefs plate a dish for guests and judges alike – one they have been working on for months! In addition, guests enjoy a selection of fantastic wines, cocktails, craft beer and some tasty local delights while bidding on some amazing silent auction items. By evening’s end, that year’s Canada’s Culinary Champion is crowned, the Winery of the Year is announced and a victory celebration will be staged including performances by some of Canada’s great musicians. Signature trips will be available to incredible destinations! Food and beverages included.