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Junior Iron Chef Competition and Food and Beverage Show

February 09, 2010

Loyalist College Hosts Junior Iron Chef Competition and Food and Beverage Show Saturday, February 20th

The esteemed top three spots at the ninth annual Loyalist College Junior Iron Chef competition have been announced. After much deliberation at the semi-finals, the teams were chosen, naming Kingston’s Loyalist Collegiate Vocational Institute (LCVI), Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School from Courtice and Picton’s Prince Edward Collegiate Institute (PECI) as the contenders for the Saturday, February 20th event featuring the competition and a Food and Beverage Show.

This year’s entries included:

Sinclair Secondary School (Whitby)

Ernestown Secondary School (Odessa)

La Salle Secondary School (Kingston)

Sydenham High School (Sydenham)

Trenton High School (Trenton)

Dunbarton High School (Pickering)

Clarington Central Secondary School (Bowmanville)

Donald A. Wilson Secondary School (Whitby)

Norwood District High School (Norwood)

St. Peter’s Secondary School (Peterborough)

Centennial Secondary School (Belleville)

“The reputation of the competition has spread well beyond our local area, each year drawing entries from farther and farther afield,” said Dan Holland, Dean of the Schools of Business and Management Studies, Biosciences, and the Centre for Justice Studies. “The College’s Television and New Media Production students are providing a live feed from the kitchen enabling those attending to watch the competition on the big screen while enjoying the Food and Beverage Show in the College cafeteria. This is the ninth year that Loyalist students have organized the competition to promote the art of cooking to aspiring young chefs and to showcase the excellence of the College’s Culinary programs.”

“Helping to organize this competition has been an amazing learning experience,” said Sean Pinto, a Culinary student and a member of the committee organizing the event. “These high school students have the phenomenal opportunity to work in the College’s professional kitchen. I can’t think of a better way to broaden their horizons in this field and for them to have a taste of what it would actually be like to work in the industry.”

Professor Margaret Beaumaster is pleased that the number of vendors participating in the Food and Beverage Show continues to grow with the competition. “When you combine the excitement of the competition on the big screen, with vendors representing the food, wine and tourism industries, the result is a fun and exciting event that can be enjoyed by the entire family. There will be fabulous door prizes, knife sharpening by Dexter Russell and food demonstrations with Chef John, giving visitors the opportunity to learn and taste while watching the high school students compete in the kitchen. Our students have done an amazing job of organizing this event and have done so in a manner that reflects the true professionals that they are.”

Members of the community are invited to watch the culinary challenge on the big screen in Loyalist’s cafeteria on February 20th, from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., followed by the announcement of this year’s champions at 2:00 p.m. The $5.00 admission fee allows guests to taste the Loyalist students’ food samples, enjoy mini Spa treatments from the Esthetics and Spa Management students and be eligible for great door prizes at the Food and Beverage Show.

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Media Contact: Marilyn Warren, Communications, Loyalist College, (613) 969-1913, ext. 2332; e-mail: or Margaret Beaumaster, ext. 2213