Chef Helmut Mathae
At the 2017 CCFCC Conference in Calgary, Helmut Mathae was accepted into the CCFCC Honor Society. Helmut earned his journeyman papers for Pastry & Baking in Austria in 1946. He joined the Winnipeg branch of the Canadian Culinary Federation in 1981 and became a local branch director. He has held positions the Fairmont Hotel, the Northstar Hotel and the Winnipeg Convention Centre. Helmuts accomplishments include wining Silver Medals in Frankfurt Culinary Olympics in 1984 & 1988 and Won Gold medal in 1992 in Frankfurt. In 1987, Vancouver, B.C. Helmut was awarded by the International Judging Committee Professional judging status. In 2002 he judged the Baking Contest for Skills Manitoba Competition. In 2002 at the Manitoba Legislative building, he coordinated pastry for a Manitoba menu for Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Andrew. He has been a director of the Winnipeg branch for many years, has participated in Western and National Conventions and was involved with fundraising for the Olympic teams and many fundraising events.
In 2004 Helmut received his diploma in vocational industrial teacher education and started his new career as a culinary arts teacher. He has a passion to teach the future generations of up and coming young chefs. As an instructor, he was always involved with local culinary competitions and instructed many students to win medals. In 2010 Helmut was acknowledged as Chef of the year 2010 for the Winnipeg Branch. Upon his retirement in 2013 the CCFCC awarded Helmut with Life Membership.
Helmut is retired from the Riel school division but still finds the time to substitute at various schools as a culinary instructor, giving back what he has learned to the Chefs of the future.
Chefs Hans Schweitzer, Ron Dobrinsky, John Reimers and Helmut Mathae came out to support our hotel associates.
Thank you to everyone who participated in the MHA Annual Golf Tournament on June 21st! The weather may not have been quite what we wanted, but everyone was in good spirits and had a fun day of golf and networking.
We kicked off the tournament with a delicious lunch sponsored by Pratts Food Service and prepared by chefs from the Canadian Culinary Federation, Winnipeg Branch. Then our golfers braved the elements to enjoy the great contests and giveaways on each hole provided by our sponsors. The day wrapped up with incredible Certified Angus Beef steaks provided by dinner sponsor To-Le-Do Foodservice and fantastic prizes donated by our many sponsors.
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.