Canadian Culinary Championship

February 3 – 4, 2023
Save The Date: February 2 - 3, 2024


Congratulations to Chef Briana Kim from Alice in Ottawa, the 2023 Canadian Culinary Champion

Gold: Chef Briana Kim from Alice in Ottawa
paired with Pearl Morissette, Niagara, ON

Silver: Chef Bobby Milheron from Homer St. Cafe & Bar, Tableau Bar Bistro and Maxine's Cafe & Bar in Vancouver
paired with Mission Hill, Okanagan Valley, BC

Bronze: Chef Serge Belair from the Edmonton Convention Centre in Edmonton
paired with Henry of Pelham, Niagara, ON

Video credit: Algonquin College Television Broadcasting Program (ACTVB)

Congratulations to
2020 Hanck Vineyard Pinot Noir
the CCC Wine of the Year

Thank you to Arterra Wines for the generous donation of the wines for the 300 guests at the CCC Mystery Wine Competition: Le Clos Jordanne Villages 2020 Chardonnay and 2020 Pinot Noir. Winemaker Thomas Bachelder was at the event to unveil these stunning wines.

Congratulations to each of the chefs who competed from the nine regional competitions

St John's

David Vatcher of Best Coast Restaurant, Cornerbrook, NL

paired winery: Benjamin Bridge, NS


Briana Kim
of Alice

paired winery: Pearl Morissette, Niagara, ON


Sebastian Perez of Isabelle Restaurant, Pearle Hotel, Burlington

paired winery: Le Clos Jordanne, Niagara, ON


Edward Lam of Yujiro Japanese Restaurant

paired winery: Nichol Vineyard and Estate, Naramata, BC


Steve Squier of Picaro and Cohen's Beer Republic

paired winery: Benjamin Bridge, NS


Scott Redekopp of Yellow Door Bistro

paired winery: Dirty Laundry, Okanagan, BC


Serge Belair of Edmonton Convention Centre

paired winery: Henry of Pelham, Niagara, ON


Bobby Milheron of Homer St. Cafe & Bar, Tableau Bar Bistro, and Maxine's Cafe & Bar

paired winery: Mission Hill, Okanagan Valley, BC


Imad-Eddine Makraji of Bab Kech

paired winery: Haywire Winery, Okanagan Valley, BC

Featuring on Feb. 4th at the Grand Finale

The iconic talent of Jim Cuddy
and special guests Anne Lindsay, Devin Cuddy and Sam Polley

CCC 2020 Summary Video

About CCC


Staged in many cities across Canada in the fall, the regional events are a celebration of the pillars of Canadian culture – sport, music and food with the purpose of providing young Canadians with the opportunity to be extraordinary in the same pillars of Canadian culture.

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. Getting on the podium is very difficult. To win regional gold is a major achievement. To be eligible to compete against each of the regional gold winners in Ottawa is a thrill. And to be crowned the top chef in Canada at the Canadian Culinary Championship is a career changer!

The Competitions

Mystery Wine Pairing

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, in a set amount of time and with a 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.

6:00 pm
Shaw Centre

Black Box

Black Box

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
Algonquin College

Grand Finale

Grand Finale

On the final night of competition, anything goes and chefs create their best dish for guests to sample! 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; and signature trips will be available to incredible destinations! Food and beverages included.

6:15 pm
Shaw Centre

Ticket Information

Corporate, Foundation and Individual ticket options are available

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Photos from 2023