The May meeting of CCFCC Winnipeg was held at Pratt’s Food Services and was hosted by Grant Avery and Chef Ferdinand Catalan . The association was treated to a sumptuous Prime Rib Buffet with all the trimmings. Membership was informed about the Pratt’s Advantage and the ways it can make the Chefs job easier. We were able to welcome new members Mark Pichette and Elen Chen to the association.
Bruno Burnichon was presented with The Order of the Legion of Honour from France by France’s ambassador to Canada at 17 Wing ,Winnipeg Air Force Base on April 25 2017.
The Legion of Honour is the Highest decoration that France can bestow. Bruno is a long standing associate member of CCFCC Winnpeg and has been instrumental in educational and fund raising efforts and received the Associate of the Year Award in 2016.
The April meeting of the CCFCC Winnipeg Branch was held at Gordon Food Service’s fantastic facility on Sterling Lyon Parkway. Following an insightful tour of their state of the art operation by Nelson, we were treated to a tasty and wholesome dinner featuring an array of the products presented.
The educational portion of the meeting focussed on seasonal harvest transitions and their impacts on the current state of produce. We learned about the methods that Markon farms of Salinas California uses to insure our market availability of fine produce.
We were introduced to the launch of the new line of Pepper Mill salad dressings and were sweetened up by Ice cream varieties and a dessert bar featuring the offerings of Wow Factor desserts.
We would like to welcome new members Jose Noboa and Mark Delores to the association.
Special thanks to Bob and Howard for their long time support of the branch, and to the team at Gordon Food Services for an informative and delicious meeting.
Congratulations to Christy Barkman of Red River College who won the Manitoba Saputo Culinary Challenge and will go on to the National competition in Calgary. First runner up was Colin Rae of Red River College. Honourable mention to the other competitors, Tara Hall of JOEY restaurant, Vien Salimbacod of the Glendale Golf and Country Club and Alexis Javier of Red River College.
On Saturday April 1, 2017 the CCFCC and Red River College hosted the Saputo Junior Challenge. The competition was organized by Chef Micheal Fitzhenry . Kitchen Judges were Chef Paul Lemire, Chef Terry Geretta, and Chef Brian Humniski.
Competition Judges were Chef Ron Dobrinsky, Chef Jeremy Langemann and Colleen Robbins of Saputo.
Thankyou to Red River College for hosting the event.
The 2017 CCFCC Awards Gala was held on Saturday March 25, 2017 at the RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg. The evening was hosted by Chef Quentin Harty and his Culinary team. Action stations were presented by Chef Jesse Freisen and Sous Chef Connie Klassen of Pizzaria Gusto , Chef Andy Ormiston and Selkirk Regional Secondary students, Chef Mark Falgui and Chef Terry Willerton and Tec Voc High school Students.
Awards were presented to
Michael Keeler , Chef of the Year
Bonnie Milarchuk of Binner Marketing, Associate of the Year
Lifetime Achievement , Chef Karl Omen
Lifetime Honorary Members Gaspar Scholcz and Mo Razik
Canadian Culinary Federation Honor Society, Chef Nick Marchak
5th Annual CCFCC/Saputo Junior Culinary Exchange: Niagara Falls, Ontario
Juniors, this is your chance to experience the diverse culinary scene in Niagara Falls Ontario. The exchange takes place from July 17th – 24th, 2017. Featuring active preparation of food at special events; chocolate, sugar and Charcuterie hands-on workshops, tours of fruit and vegetable Farms; tour of the Saputo Woolwich goat cheese production plant and an Ontario goat farm, and of course winery tours and tastings.
This opportunity is for all CCFCC Junior Members and rewards seven deserving young chefs with an experience of a lifetime. All costs associated with travel, accommodations, food and events are covered by the CCFCC and sponsoring authorities.
CCFCC / Sysco Great Canadian Cookoff is the premier professional event of the Canadian Culinary Federation. This is a unique opportunity to compete at the highest professional level in a black box format.
National Competition to be held in Calgary May 26, 2017.
We plan to have a provincial cook-off. If you or one of your culinary professionals is interested please refer to the attached document and contact the branch.
The January meeting hosted by Chef Micheal Keeler and Binner Marketing and Sales featured many fine products including Tree of Life Products and the line of MADD Beverages. We were joined by Melody Bodnarchuk , past president of MADD Manitoba who spoke about the work of her organization. Thankyou for the donations by G.F.S. for the fine feast.