Jennifer Heil to Emcee and Canadian Iconic Rockers Chilliwack Headline Finale of Canadian Culinary Championships

The Canadian Culinary Championships is the grand finale of Canada’s Great Kitchen Party events that are held annually in the fall. Organizers announced today that Chilliwack, a Canadian rock band led by Order of Canada recipient and rock legend, Bill Henderson will headline the finale event of the 2019 Canadian Culinary Championships taking place in Kelowna, BC, February 1 – 2, 2019.  This multi award winning Canadian progressive rock band will perform many of their hits including My Girl (Gone, Gone, Gone), I Believe, Whatcha Gonna Do, Fly at Night and Lonesome Mary.

The committee also announced that Canadian gold and silver medalist freestyle skier Jennifer Heil will emcee the 2019 Canadian Culinary Championships grand finale. Jennifer won the first gold medal for Canada in the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Turin, Italy and a silver medal at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, which was also Canada’s first medal in those games.

Tickets to the 2019 event are now on sale. Attendees can choose from three event package options to include the Friday Mystery Wine Pairing Competition, the Black Box Competition or the Saturday Grand Finale featuring musical entertainment by Chilliwack; elite athletes from amateur, para and pro-sport will be telling their stories; and signature trips will be available to incredible destinations. Anticipated to be sold out events, tickets can be purchased online at

“We are excited to close out our two-day competition with Canadian rockers Chilliwack for this private concert for the 600 guests who will be in attendance at our Grand Finale competition,” comments Lisa Pasin, Co-Founder of Canada’s Great Kitchen Party and the Canadian Culinary Championships. “We are equally thrilled that Canadian Athlete and two time medal winner Jennifer Heil will share stories and host the evening of intense competition, great food from our 11 competitors and help us raise funds for our three beneficiaries B2ten, MusiCounts and Community Food Centres Canada.”

The 2019 Canadian Culinary Championships competitors include:

British Columbia
Takashi Ito – AURA waterfront restaurant + patio, Victoria

Davina Moraiko – RGE RD

Dave Bohati – Murrieta’s

Christopher Hill – Taste Restaurant Group

Jesse S. Friesen – The Merchant Kitchen

Elia Herrera – Los Colibris

Yannick LaSalle – Restaurant Les Fougères, Chelsea, QC

Jason Morris – Pastel

New Brunswick and PEI
Irwin MacKinnon – Papa Joe’s, Charlottetown, PEI

Nova Scotia
Thomas Carey – Fresh Twenty One, Dartmouth

Katie Hayes – Bonavista Social Club, Bonavista Peninsula
Canadian Culinary Championships – The Canadian Culinary Championships is the national finale of the Canada’s Great Kitchen Party regional events which are held annually in the fall.  The regional events have been created to elevate and celebrate three pillars of Canadian culture – sport, music and food.  The purpose: providing young Canadians the opportunity to be extraordinary in the same pillars. High performing athletes are provided the support they need to compete on the world stage. Musical instruments are purchased for schools, enabling students to discover the magic of music. And kids learn from leading Canadian chefs how to grow, cook and share healthy food addressing food security for all youth. Canada’s Great Kitchen Party and the Canadian Culinary Championships support B2ten, MusiCounts and Community Food Centres Canada.

In each of the eleven cities, 8 – 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 get on the podium is very difficult.  To win gold is a major achievement! To be crowned the top chef in Canada at the Canadian Culinary Championships is a career changer!

The Sport Beneficiary: Canada’s Great Kitchen Party will support Canadian athletes through the purpose and legacy of B2ten. B2ten exists to have significant impact on sport in Canada. B2ten contributes to amateur sport and the greater good of society by providing optimal training and preparation services to elite amateur athletes; investing in the development of Canada’s coaches and professional service providers; and developing a legacy of enhanced sport, play and well-being.

The Music Beneficiary: Canada’s Great Kitchen Party will provide musical instruments for children in 20 schools every year. MusicCounts is keeping music alive in schools and communities across Canada by putting musical instruments into the hands of children that need them most. MusicCounts is Canada’s music education charity, affiliated with the JUNO Awards and supported by many of Canada’s top musicians. The instruments they supply last over 15 years and well over 800,000 children have known the joy of music as a result of their programs.

The Food Beneficiary: Canada’s Great Kitchen Party will support Canadian children to gain the skills and confidence they need to become the next generation of food leaders through unforgettable mentorship sessions with talented Canadian chefs. Community Food Centres Canada and their affiliate food organizations offer high-impact food programs that bring people together to grow, cook, share, and advocate for good food for all.

Media release and feature image provided by Christina, Impact Events.

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