Inspiring tomorrow’s culinary stars and raising funds for the Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship
A true all-star line up of Canada’s most revered chefs will assemble to judge the second annual Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship competition in Vancouver this month. When judging duties are over, the celebrity chefs will join forces in the kitchen to cook a special six-course fundraising dinner at Hawksworth Restaurant on the evening of Sunday September 28th.
During the day, the stellar line up of judges will be keeping an eye on the eight young chefs, selected from the Western and Eastern heats. Competitors will have three hours to create dishes with ingredients from the Freybe Mystery Black Box at the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts. Those who have reached the final round of the Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship, stand to win a $10,000 prize, presented by the Chefs’ Table Society of BC, and a stage at a top international restaurant.
Chef David Hawksworth will be cooking at the gala dinner with his fellow judges, each of whom has created a special dish for the six-course meal. Chef Hawksworth will be joined in the kitchen by his Chef de Cuisine Kristian Eligh and Vancouver-based Chef Michel Jacob from Le Crocodile, as well as Burnaby’s Chef Scott Jaeger from The Pear Tree for this year’s event. Other special guest chefs travelling west for the fundraising dinner include the legendary Chef Normand Laprise, owner and head chef of Toqué! and Brasserie T!; and Corporate Executive Chef of Oliver & Bonacini Restaurants Chef Anthony Walsh.
“Our country’s venerable culinary stars have stepped forward to take part in judging Canada’s Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship this year,” says Chef David Hawksworth. “We’re excited to inspire the next generation of chefs and give people an opportunity to experience the cuisine of many great culinary masters during this extremely special gala dinner.”
The fundraising dinner will be served in Hawksworth Restaurant from 5pm on September 28, 2014. Tickets cost $140, or $218 including wine pairings, and must be booked in advance by calling 604.673.7000. First-come first-served seating will operate in the Hawksworth Bar where both the fundraising meal and the bar menu will be available.
About Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship:
A Canadian non-profit culinary foundation, the Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship, was created to recognize and inspire young Canadian chefs, whilst promoting professionalism and culinary excellence within the hospitality industry. Through its national annual competition, the scholarship program provides a platform for talented young chefs to get a head start through recognition, mentorship and an unparalleled opportunity to work in the country’s leading restaurants.