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 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair.

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.

Our 2013 Mentors included the wonderful Stephanie Yuen, Adrienne De Francesco, Marion Kane, Christine Tizzard, Suzanne Hussein, Lorelei Boschman, Deanna Siemens, Jo Lusted & Taste Canada 2013 Gold Winners Naomi Duguid,  Rose Murray & Taste Canada/CBC People’s Choice Award winner Mairlyn Smith.

Thank you to all of our 2013 Judges, including Renee Unger, Barbara Barnes,  Dana McCauley, Chef John Placko, Alison Fryer, Konrad Ejbich, Annabelle Waugh, Pat Crocker & Alexa Clark.

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 4th at our Gala at Arcadian Court, and the honour for 2013 goes 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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