Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship Inspires Top Talent

On Saturday, September 12th 2015 at Vancouver Community College‘s Downtown Campus the top eight young chefs from across the nation headed to Vancouver to compete in Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship competition.

Competitors were given identical ingredients and had three hours in the kitchen to wow the taste buds of the judges with the black box ingredients revealed moments before their start time.

Our Chef Mark McEwan joined the judging panel along with Chef Normand Laprise (Toqué!), Chef Anthony Walsh (Oliver & Bonacini Restaurants), Chef Scott Jaeger (Peartree Restaurant), Food Critic Jacob Richler, Maclean’s & Canada’s 100 Best, Food Critic Alexandra Gill (Globe & Mail), Food Critic Marie-Claude Lortie (La Presse) and Chef David Hawksworth & Chef de Cuisine Kristian Eligh (Hawksworth Restaurant).

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After a close battle, the $10,000 bursary went to Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship winner Ian MacDougall of Model Milk.

The competition concluded with a memorable evening of Canadian cuisine presented by TD, hosted at Hawksworth Restaurant. The dinner featured dishes prepared by chefs, Mark McEwan, Anthony Walsh, Normand Laprise, Scott Jaeger, Kristian Eligh and David Hawksworth.

[Photos courtesy of Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship Foundation]

Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship Attracts Top Talent

On Sunday, October 27, 2013 at the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts in Vancouver ten red seal chefs created a main course for four with a limited pantry and just two hours to work with. The top three finalists then had two and a half hours to cook a main course and dessert course using all the black box ingredients.

The winner was Chef Paul Moran who received a $10,000 bursary, provided by the Chefs’ Table Society of BC.


Chef Mark McEwan joined the judging panel along with Vikram Vij (Vij’s), Author Jacob Richler, Chef Normand Laprise (Toqué!), Chef Anthony Walsh (Oliver & Bonacini Restaurants), Chef Scott Jaeger (Peartree Restaurant) and Chef David Hawksworth (Hawksworth Restaurant).


On the last day each judge created a course for a collaborative fundraising dinner that showcased the best of Canadian cuisine and Canadian culinary talent.

[Photo credit: Jessica Haydahl Photography]

Covet Cooks : A Night of Fashion & Food


King Street got pretty hot and it wasn’t just for World MasterCard Fashion Week.

The Coveteur (a Toronto-based fashion blog and growing global authority on what’s hot right now) The Coveteur is a shop-able online magazine publishing exclusive content that profiles the world’s most inspiring and influential tastemakers and brands. We threw a party to celebrate the best closets AND kitchens in the city. In collaboration with Holt Renfrew and The McEwan Group, the event was held at the Sub-Zero Wolf showroom and featured some of the most delectable food and fashion you can find in Toronto.

The night also welcomed some familiar faces, including Denis Desro (Editor-In-Chief of Elle Canada), David Lavin (The Lavin Agency Group), Jacob Richler (Author), Ian Thornley (Lead Singer of Big Wreck), Christine Tizzard (Host of CBC’s Best Recipes Ever), Josie Dye (Host of The Edge), Lisa Tant (VP of Holt Renfrew) and Yael Kanter (husband to Justin Bieber‘s guitarist).

Guests sipped on the 1948 “Toronto Manhattan” stirred with Canada’s award-winning Forty Creek Whisky and from the crisp white and warm red wines of Sue-Ann Staff Estate Winery.

From the yummiest appetizers served by Food Network‘s Top Chef Canada Host & Celebrity Chef Mark McEwan’s Fabbrica to even yummier accessories supplied by Holt Renfrew and coveted by co-founders & stylists, Stephanie Mark and Erin Kleinberg from The Coveteur.  Palettes were dazzled by spring collections from Alexander McQueen, Prada, Alan Anderson and Jimmy Choo.

Photographs courtesy of Instagram & Ryan Faubert