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Loyalist College Culinary Team Places In Top Three At Canada Cooks the Books Competition

November 07, 2013

Belleville, Ontario, November 7, 2013 – Loyalist College is proud to announce that the Loyalist College culinary team placed third at the Annual Taste Canada Cooks the Books Competition at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto on Sunday, November 3rd. Winners were announced at the gala on November 4th at Arcadian Court in Toronto.

The competition connects student teams with cookbook authors who are shortlisted for the annual Taste Canada Cookbook Awards. A recipe is selected from the book, and students are tasked with creating a version of the dish that follows the original recipe, but also adds a professional garnish and plating style.

Loyalist’s team consisted of second-year Culinary students Rory Galbraith, Shelby Keene and Jared Bihun, led by Loyalist Culinary Professor Karin Desveaux. The team was partnered with Marion Kane, former Food Editor for the Toronto Star, and author of Delicious Dishes from FoodShare and Friends. The dish was Roasted Celery Root Mash with Sautéed Mushrooms, Kale and Pepper Puree. 

“Competitions like this provide fantastic opportunities for students to demonstrate the skills and confidence they acquire on a daily basis in the Culinary Skills and Culinary Management programs at Loyalist,” said Loyalist Coordinator Chef John Schneeberger.

For the second year in a row, Loyalist Culinary students were among 12 schools invited to participate in the competition. Last year, the Loyalist Culinary Team received an honorable mention. For more information on Taste Canada Cooks the Books, visit


 “Your students were amazing. I learned a few things from their demo. Best of all, their enthusiasm and talent were inspiring.”

Marion Kane, Food Sleuth® 

“The gala is an extremely valuable opportunity for students to network and be recognized by some of Canada’s leading cookbook authors and chefs. Attendees and winners included Elizabeth Baird, Canadian Living, Naomi Dugid, award winning cookbook author, and Martin Picard, Chef of Pied au Cochon, Montreal.”

Loyalist Culinary Professor Karin Desveaux 

“Cuisine is shifting and today’s chefs are being challenged to incorporate less meat and more alternative options. We were thrilled to have the chance to create something delicious that was visually appealing and meat-free.” 

Loyalist Culinary student Jared Bihun 

“Showcasing our culinary skills on stage was daunting at first, but once we were up there I enjoyed the experience. We knew our dish inside out so it was just about producing it the way we had rehearsed.” 

Loyalist Culinary student Shelby Keene 

“Working with soft textures and earthy flavours gave us the chance to add creative garnishes that added balance and texture. Our savoury tuile and pickled vegetable salad added exciting dimensions to the dish.”

Loyalist Culinary student Rory Galbraith

About Loyalist College’s one-year Ontario College Certificate in Culinary Skills and two-year Ontario College Diploma in Culinary Management

  • Learn hands-on in Loyalist’s on-campus, student-run gourmet dining establishment
  • Get firsthand experience in all aspects of restaurant management – hosting and service, food preparation, pricing and menu design
  • Create and innovate under the guidance of distinguished chefs
  • Optional field trips provide invaluable experience in food and culture. This year the class is travelling to Portugal. Other recent destinations include New York, Paris and Switzerland
  • Students complete the in-class requirements for apprenticeship training in the two-year program. Following on-the-job apprenticeship outcomes, graduates are qualified to write the exam for Interprovincial Red Seal Certification – an internationally recognized standard of quality

Loyalist College prepares students for a rewarding career by combining rigorous academic standards with hands-on training from industry experts. Programs range from apprenticeships and certificates to diplomas and post-graduate studies. Loyalist offers more than 60 full-time programs and 77 university transfer agreements around the world. The best testament to the College’s value is from students, 96 percent of whom say they would recommend Loyalist to a friend. Loyalist is committed to helping students find great jobs, as well as supporting and enhancing the economic and social development of all individuals in its communities.


For more information, contact:

Kerry Lorimer

Interim Director of Marketing & Communications

Loyalist College

(613) 969-1913, ext. 2536