Taste Canada Cooks the Books



It’s not always about throw-downs, fear-factor ingredients, and catchphrases. Taste Canada Cooks the Books is a unique two-day event leading up to Taste Canada — The Food Writing Awards. Canadian cookbook authors mentor student chefs in a mentoring program played out on stage, in front of a live audience, at the Delicious Food Show.

The competition invites culinary students from across the country to make a dish from a Canadian cookbook—with the author on stage. Their goal: To impress the panel of judges and create a dish worthy of earning them the title of Canada’s Best New Student Chef.  And it won’t be easy. Mentors and judges have included such Canadian household names as Elizabeth Baird, Rose Reisman, and Christine Cushing.

2014 Mentoring Authors

  • James Cunningham (Eat Street: Recipes from the Tastiest, Messiest, and Most Irresistible Food Trucks)
  • Carol Greenwood, Daphna Rabinovich & Joanna Gryfe (Mindfull: Over 100 Delicious Recipes for Better Brain Health)
  • Carla Azevedo (Pimentos and Piri Piri: Portuguese Comfort Cooking)
  • Alison Malone Eathorne, Hilary Malone & Lorna Malone (Sea Salt: Recipes from the West Coast Galley)
  • Jason Lynch (Straight from the Line: Recipes and Reflections from a Chef at Work)
  • David Ort (The Canadian Craft Beer Cookbook)
  • Lucy Waverman & Beppi Crosariol (The Flavour Principle)
  • Fina Scroppo (The Healthy Italian: Cooking for the Love of Food and Family)
  • Betty Bakopoulos, Eleni Bakopoulos & Samantha Bakopoulos (Three Sisters Back to the Beginning: Timeless Greek Recipes Made Simple)
  • Jennifer Bain (Toronto Star Cookbook: More than 150 Diverse and Delicious Recipes Celebrating Ontario).

2014 Judges

A big thank you to Alexa Clark, Signe Langford, Konrad Ejbich, and Chef John Placko for devoting their weekend to judging.

2013 Winners

Taste Canada Cooks the Books is part of Taste Canada’s goal to foster the next generation of culinary professionals through networking, exposure and the sharing of skills. The 2013 Winner was announced November 4, 2013 at our Gala at Arcadian Court. The honour for 2013 went to the Liaison College Oakville team. Congratulations to them on this achievement.

Rose Murray with Winners Liaison College Oakville

Rose Murray with Winners Liaison College Oakville

Student Chefs from Liaison West prepare their dish!
Student Chefs from Liaison West prepare their dish!

Judges Marilyn Roothham, Dana McCauley, John Placko & Renee Unger

Judges Marilyn Roothham, Dana McCauley, John Placko & Renee Unger

Mairlyn Smith and Liaison College West

Mairlyn Smith and Liaison College West

Chef Jo Lusted & Thistletown Collegiate

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