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).
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]