The CCF Winnipeg Sysco Senior Challenge was held on April 4 th 2018 at the Sysco kitchen with the cooperation of CCF Winnipeg branch, Sysco and corporate Chef Peter Ecker. Five talented local chefs competed in a black box competition in the Manitoba regional competition. For three of the members it was the first time they had the opportunity to compete in such a competition. They learned a lot and came away winners in their own right. It was a close competition with the overall winner was declared Gordon Bailey, culinary instructor from Red River College. Second place awarded to Jordon Carlson from Joey’s on Kenaston. Third place awarded to Jose Noboa of Gardewine and honorable mentions to Mark Pichette and Sookyung Shin.
Thanks to Peter Eckar and his Sysco team for holding the competition. Thank you to the team of judges including John Reimers, Ron Dobrinsky, Jesse Friesen, Helmut Mathae, Paul Lemire and his Culinary student Faith for their time and effort in making the competition a success.
Chef Gordon Bailey will be heading off to the national competition in Charlottetown P.E. I. this June for the Sysco national competition. The Winnipeg Branch will sponsor Argie Garcia, apprentice at the St. Charles Country Club, who will also be attending the national conference and competing in the Culinary Federations Junior challenge.
Winnipeg will be well represented in Charlottetown at the conference and competition.
Good luck to all our competitors.