Young Chefs compete for Chefs Hat Challenge

On Saturday, March 7 Culinary Federation Winnipeg branch held our Chefs Hat Young Chefs challenge at Red River College, Paterson GlobalFoods Institute. The contest was between six students who have all identified themselves as young chef members willing to participate in the national event. Young chef members participants were Anthony Carino, Vien Salimbacod, Francesca Agatep, Mike Licharson,  Spencer Cote, and Cesar Trinidad.

        

 

The students were judged by Chef’s Raymond Czayka, Gordon Bailey and Michael Fitzhenry. The students were able to have their food items critiqued by chefs who are experts, each has had many years of experience in competition and judging for this event . Kitchen judging was performed by Chefs Jared Lavallee,  Dov Korkh and Jose Naboa Sanchez.

                                                                             

The students performed very well and competed utilizing proteins and other ingredients provided graciously by Pratt’s Foodservice. The main item was Northern Gold Beef Striploin.

The Culinary Federation would like to thank Chef Karl Oman and Red River College for their contribution in making this event a great success.

The winner of the event, who will represent Manitoba in the National Competition in June, will be Anthony Carino who currently works for the Merchant group.

Educational evening Cooking gluten free with De Luca’s

Gluten Free for real.

A presentation by De Luca’s and Susan Finlay of the Manitoba Celiac Association

The February 12 meeting of the Culinary Federation was e held at 7 Pm at De Lucas on 66 South Landing Drive in Winnipeg.

 

Members braved a cold night to share some good food and learn a lttle about Gluten free. We had a presentation from Sue Finlay, Education and Event Coordinator, Manitoba Chapter,  Canadian Celiac Association. She spoke on the gluten free diet and the dangers of hidden gluten.

DeLuca’s Chef Fabrisio prepared a fantastic gluten free Pizza and a pasta  buffet of gluten free products.

Chef Don Pattie demonstrated and put together a special gluten free dessert featuring two new flavoured chocolates.

 

We welcomed new young Chef members Mike Licharson and Cam Mazur.

 

Young Chef Mike Licharson

Young Chef Cam Mazur

Thankyou to Marco, Paulo and the team at De Luca’s  for a great event.

Chefs tour Tenderloin Meat and Sausage

It was a snowy night but it was still a full house when the chefs got the chance to get inside the new Tenderloin Meat and Sausage facility in Winniepgs north end. Chefs had the opportunity to tour the new state of the art facility that produces what many believe to be the best garlic sausage in Canada. In fact they have had to step back from national taste tests as they needed to make room on the podium for others after winning the award three years in a row.

Inside Tenderloin

Hosts Jeff Beaucage and Chris Klopick

Hosting us were owner and sausage master Chris Klopick and Jeff Beaucage who works at marketing and promoting the multitude of meat products supplied by Tenderloin. Tenderloin has been a north end institution since the eighties when Walter Klopick and his brother staked claim to coil greatness. The “coils” are tasty rings of Kobassa or Garlic Sausage, smoked to perfection with a guarded family recipe. Chris now carries on the family tradition in a big way. How big you may ask? In the last month, leading up to Christmas, where many homes of eastern European descent, have rings or coils of garlic sausage on their holiday table, they produced 25, 000 pounds of their signature Kobassa alone,  not including all the other related sausages and products that they produce.

 

Zenon, Christian and Walter Klopick

In the new, state of the art, facility they have taken the traditional recipes and applied advanced production technology to make the sausage even better. Highly innovative technology has allowed them to reduce cooking loss from 23 to 7 percent over the years and as chefs know, that translates directly to profit.   Tenderloin Meat uses Oak, Maple and Hickory to give the products the natural taste of the old country. Locally sourced fresh ingredients provide the basis for a tasty variety of charcuterie, over thirty seven and counting. They are proud to produce a gluten free product that is sold next to the Certified Angus Beef that is also a signature product at their retail store located at 1515 Main Street.

 

Following the tour, refreshments and food was served and the Culinary Federation presented a short program outlining the upcoming events and activities of the Winnipeg Branch.  The branch presented a membership certificate to Chef Carl Scott and welcomed him to the meeting. Carl’s company, Reel Crue Catering is a part of the booming Winnipeg film industry, providing catering services to cast and crew on the movie sets.

 

Chef Reel Time Catering

Chef Member Carl Scott of Reel Crue Catering

To complement the cold meats and delicious deli items, and to warm us up on a cold night, Chefs Paul Lemire and Chef Hans Schweitzer prepared Chorizo with Rotini pasta and Hungarian sausage in a cream sauced Fettuccine  The pasta was provided by Natures Farm of New Bothwell, which is the company of our Associate of the year for 2019,  Herman Grauer.

 

The Culinary Federation Winnipeg is grate-full that Tenderloin Meats and Sausage was able to provide us with this fine event.

Holiday Breakfast at Holiday Inn

 

Culinary Federation Winnipeg held our annual Family Holiday Breakfast on Saturday November twenty fourth at the Holiday Inn South. The morning featured a fantastic breakfast buffet prepared by Chef Eldon Brink and his team. Our Winnipeg culinary community had a chance to mingle, share some time at the Gingerbread table and have a visit from the man in red.  Thanks to Santa’s elves Karl and Audry Oman for helping to make the party a great success

Culinary Federation would like to acknowledge the following suppliers who provided food for the event. Dunn-rite food products, Pratt’s food service, Sysco, Binner marketing, Nestlé professional, Burnbrae farms, Natures farms, Mapleleaf Foods, Saputo, To-le Do Foodservice, Bridor, City Bread, and McCain Foods.

 

 

November Kosher Dinner

The Culinary Federation Winnipeg November event was held at the Jewish Learning Center located at 1845 Mathers Avenue, hosted by Chef Dov Korkh. The evening was dedicated to looking at Jewish and Israeli Cuisine and “Kashrut”,(Jewish dietary laws dealing with food). To open the meeting Rabbi Avrohom Alten  gave the participants an understanding of what foods are permissible and what foods are forbidden to eat according to the Jewish traditions. Participants explored the idea of not mixing milk and meat, different levels of kashrut and the development of kashrut over time. A power point presentation is available on request from the branch.

Chef Dov Korth  prepared an Israeli style kosher dinner in order to let the chefs compare the characteristics of Ashkenazi and Sephardic Cuisine, the two leading cuisines of Israel. The menu consisted of the following items.

Challah Bread

Salads Egg salad, Potato salad, Tahini & eggplant salad, Tabule, Israeli salad, Matbuha

Soup Eggplant soup, Charira,

Starters Spinach knishes, Fricassee,

Fish Gefilte fish, Chraime

Sides Kasha, varnishkas, Lokshen kugel, Couscous w/soup, Majadra

Desserts Rugelach chocolate, cinnamon, jam & sesame. Baklawa

Halva

Thanks to Chef Dov Korth , Food Services Manager Alla Golinkin and Baker Dora Ben Zhion.

Young Chefs win Awards at Red River College

The 2019 Awards Reception at the School of Hospitality and Culinary Arts recognized the excellence of many of Manitoba’s best up and coming young chefs.

Culinary Federation Winnipeg’s two awards were presented by Chef Ron Dobrinsky on behalf of the branch. The Canadian Culinary Federation Award was given to Maria Francesca  Agatep and the Ron Long Memorial Award was presented to Lucas Dumore.

Winnipeg Young Chef Denise Linag received the Mona Lisa Restorante Italiano Artistic Award and Elissa Polkowski  received the Apprentice Cook Award Level Two.

In addition to her Culinary Federation Award ,  Maria Francesca  Agatep was the overall outstanding student with three other awards, Les Marmiton Most Promising Chef Award, the Norm Konowalchuk Memorial Award for Culinary Arts and the School of Hospitality Co-operative Education Award.

Congratulations to Winnipeg’s winning young chef members and all the aspiring chefs for their outstanding achievement.

Winnipeg Celebrates International Chefs Day

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How Healthy Food Works Lunch Culinary Federation Winnipeg  celebrated International Chefs Day making a great lunch with two groups of children and showing them How Healthy Foods Works. Students prepared three healthy dishes from Nestlie’s How Healthy Foods program : Super Spinach Pancake Mix;  Ginger, Carrot Vision Soup ; and Banana Super Cooler.   The chefs read on

Piazza De Nardi hosts the Chefs

Chef Sergei, Catering manager Marilena and Tom De Nardi

The Piazza De Nardi was the site for a true taste of the Mediterranean at the Culinary Federations October meeting.  Tom De Nardi welcomed us to the Piazza where we began the evening with tastings of Parmigiano Reggiano  , fresh sliced Prosciutto and a chilled glass of Prosecco at La Boutique del Vino a wine store featuring wines from around the world.

Next we were guided upstairs to the event center and reception area where Marilena Moccia, catering and events manager for the Piazza welcomed us to a set of hot pastas , an array of house made sausages and fine cheeses including cheeses by BelGiosso. Chef Sergei Dedenko of La Boutique del Vino prepared the fine foods served in the evening and was there throughout to share stories and answer questions about the meal.

While the chefs shared some fine food and wine, Tom De Nardi, sales and marketing director for Piazza De Nardi gave us a color-full presentation about the authentic sourcing going on to provide the best of Italy to Winnipeg.

Culinary Federation Winnipeg Welcomed new member Chef Aaron Crawford of the St. Charles Club.

 

New member Chef Aaron Crawford of the St.Charles Country Club is welcomed to the Federation.

Marilena and Chef Sergei of La Boutique del Vina who presented a delight-full and delicious display of the best of Italy.

Tom discusses the finer points of slicing parma ham.

First CF Meeting of the Fall

The Culinary Federation Winnipeg held its first meeting of the season at Bistro 101 on Wednesday September 11.  The branch shared some information on plans for the upcoming year. The meeting was also a chance to recognize our new associate member, Countryside Farms. Peter Wieler accepted a membership certificate on behalf of  Countryside Farms Nutrgroupe.

Members old and new share in an evening of good food.

Gord Harris, protein specialist with Pratt’s spoke about the fine Beef Loin sampled that evening and the other products of Northern Gold Canadian Beef. We were reminded of the irreplaceable flavour of home grown meat and the ingredient list that consists of only one thing, Canadian Beef. In the time of laboratory foods with ingredient lists an arm long, Gord pointed out the local goodness that Northern Gold provides.

Norther Gold Premium Canadian Beef
Good things happening at Pratts

Culinary students from Manitoba Institute of trades and Technology were on hand to assist Chef Ferdinand Catalan and Sous Chef Jesse in presenting a fantastic buffet.  Membership celebrated a pre dinner reception with tasty appetizers including a Bothwell cheese board and hot items. The main course featured Slow Roasted Loin of Northern Gold Canadian Premium Beef and an array of hot and cold items, all exceeding our expectations.  Finally , with the tutelage of Chef Ferdinand , the students were able to prepare Crepes Flambe with a variety of  fresh fruits which was an unexpected treat. 

MITT culinary students put the finishing touch on some pulled pork street food.

The evening continued with a display of the hidden talent of the CF Winnipeg with a karaoke night hosted by Chef Ferdinand. That guy can sure sing!

Chef Ferdinand hits the notes with Alex from Little Bones Chicken Wings.
New member Chef Kyle Munn shares a meal with Julie from Quasep

Thanks to Pratt’s  and to Jamie Campbell for arranging the evening and the membership in attendance who made it a truly enjoyable event.

CF Winnipeg New Board

     Last week we held our annual general meeting which was an opportunity for us to network at Sysco West’s facility, enjoy a fantastic meal and elect a new executive/ board of directors for the upcoming two years.

Our Executive Team

Executive and Directors

President Brian Humniski  Vice president Peter Ecker, Past President Paul Lemire,   Second Vice president Jeremy Langemann,  Secretary Jared Lavalee,Treasurer Karl Oman, Chef Directors : Jesse S. Friesen, Hans Schweitzer, Ron Dobrinsky, John Reimers, Jose Naboa Sanchez, Don Pattie, Dov Korkh , Ian Shapira

Associate Members : Saputo – Coleen Robbins, City Bread -Derek Kostyniuk, Fentons Wine Merchant- Mo Razik, Binner Marketing – Bonnie Mularchuk

We look forward to serving your interests in the culinary community and growing this association to meet the needs of todays chefs, cooks, bakers and industry professionals.

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