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.