Join Canada’s Most Talented Young Chefs in Toronto

Canada’s Definitive Culinary Competition for Young Chefs delivers $10,000. Mentorsip, Community and Career Advancement Opportunities

• 2018 Hawksworth Young Scholarship Program expands to include development and learning opportunities during national finals competition

• Esteemed chefs and culinary leaders from across Canada judge ‘Black Box’ culinary competition, October 13th, George Brown College

• Celebration reception & awards tickets available at $50.00 per person, The Fairmont Royal York, proceeds support the foundation

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After heated regional competitions, held at top culinary institutions in Calgary, Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver, eight young chefs have been selected to compete at the national finals of the Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship Competition to be held at George Brown College on Saturday October 13th 2018. The finalists will compete in a ‘Black Box’ cook off in front of some of Canada’s most esteemed Chefs and culinary professionals to win a $10,000 prize, an international cooking stage, a range of sponsor gifts and the ultimate bragging rights to being named Canada’s most talented young chef.

“As we enter our sixth national competition I am in awe of the partnerships we have established and of the overwhelming support we have received from the culinary community across the country” says scholarship founder, Chef David Hawksworth “the caliber of competitors remains extremely high, and this year, I’m excited to announce that thanks to our incredible sponsors, we have been able to expand our program to engage with our finalists in more meaningful ways beyond the competition itself.”

Finalists of the 2018 Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship competition will gather in Toronto for a three-day participant program that begins on Thursday October 11th with an Egg Farm Tour at Mullet Koop Family Egg Farm, sponsored by Egg Farmers of Canada, followed by a welcome dinner and garden tour at the famed Langdon Hall with chef Jason Bangerter courtesy of Garland Canada.

On Friday October 12th The Italian Trade Commission invites participants to experience a pasta themed master class led by Michelin-starred Chef Luciano Monosilio, while Cacao Barry will host a chocolate workshop at CXBO chocolates with chef Brandon Olsen later that afternoon. On Saturday October 13th the ‘Black Box’ competition kicks off at 8:45am EST with final judging at 1pm EST, awards standings are announced at the evening reception. These unique experiences are offered as part of the scholarship’s goal to build a community where resources, ideas, information and advancements in the culinary field can be shared.

Guests are invited to support the Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship foundation by joining chefs, judges and participants for a celebratory awards reception to be held at The Fairmont Royal York, Grand Ballroom from 6:00pm – 8:30pm on Saturday, October 13th. Tickets are priced at $50.00 and include welcome bubbles, fine wines and canapés. Tickets can be purchased at, all proceeds support the foundation.

2018 Finalists:

Clement Bellaigue, Atelier Joel Robuchon (Montreal, QC)

Daniel Kim, Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar (Vancouver, BC)

Jordan Wilkinson, Hexagon Restaurant (Oakville, ON)

Michael Ellis, Calgary Winter Club (Calgary, AB)

Michael Lam, Il Covo Restaurant (Toronto, ON)

Michael Roszell, The Pear Tree Restaurant (Burnaby, BC)

Trevor Jerram, Trinity Clapham, UK, (Calgary, AB)

Vincent Baronnat, Le Mousso (Montreal, QC)

2018 Judges:

Chef David Hawksworth – Hawksworth Restaurant Group (Vancouver, BC)

Chef Chris Stewart – Director of Culinary Development, Donnelly Group (Vancouver, BC)

Claudia McNeilly – Food Writer, Editor & TV Personality (Toronto, ON)

Chef Grant Van Gameren – Bar Raval, Bar Isabel, Rosalinda, Quetzal (Toronto, ON)

Jacob Richler – Editor, Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants (Toronto, ON)

Chef Lee Cooper – L’AbattoirCoquille Fine Seafood, No1 Gaoler’s Mews (Vancouver, BC)

Chef Luciano Monosilio – Pipero Roma, 1-Michelin Star, (Italy)

Chef Marc-André Royal – Le St-Urbain, La Bête à Pain (Montreal, QC)

Chef Michael Allemeier – Certified Master Chef & Culinary Professor, SAIT (Calgary, AB)

Chef Normand Laprise – Chef & Owner, Toqué, Brasserie T (Montreal, QC)

Chef Riley Bennett – Culinary Professor, George Brown College (Toronto, ON)

Sarah Musgrave – Culinary & Travel Journalist (Montreal, QC)

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. The Scholarship would not be possible without the valued sponsorship from Air Canada, Gordon Food Service, Zwilling J.A. Henckels, San Pellegrino, Select Wines, Egg Farmers of Canada, Italian Trade Commission, Push Operations, Canadian Linen, Club House for Chefs, Fraser Valley Specialty Poultry, Cacao Barry, Tafelstern, Brewery & the Beast, Ecolab, OpenTable and FreshPoint.


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