On February 19th, Loyalist College Culinary students hosted the tenth annual Junior Iron Chef Competition for Quinte and surrounding area high schools. First place was awarded to Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School in Courtice. Second place was presented to Kingston’s Loyalist Collegiate Vocational Institute (LCVI). Picton’s Prince Edward Collegiate Institute (PECI) placed third. The students competed for Loyalist College bursaries and a wide range of sponsor-donated prizes for themselves and their schools.
“It feels incredible to be part of the winning team,” said Brandon Raco from Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School. “I participated last year and had such a good time that I couldn’t wait to come back. I think that my favourite part of the competition was the way it challenged us on so many levels. We had to pull together as a team, prepare delicious dishes and ensure that everything was presented in an aesthetically pleasing way. This is my last year in high school and it feels great to be able to add this victory to my list of accomplishments.”
Amanda Ioannou is the food and nutrition teacher who coordinated the winning team. “The positive attitude and team dynamic of this group was great. Each time they created something beautiful their reaction to their success was one of genuine pleasure. I am so proud of them.”
The competition, which was organized by the Loyalist College second-year Culinary Management students as part of their event management class, was held in conjunction with the Food and Beverage Show. The show included representatives of local food, wine and tourism industries who provided product information and delicious food samples for those attending. The College’s Esthetics and Spa Management students were also on site, and in keeping with the food and wine theme, provided hand scrubs made up of sea salt, honey, and wine.
“The day was a huge success with almost 200 guests in attendance,” said Professor Margaret Beaumaster. “The vendors were very impressed with our students and the organization of the event. Each year the students build upon the previous year’s success and take the competition and show to a higher level. This year was no exception. Our students worked very hard to plan, organize and host this event. They did an exceptional job and clearly demonstrated a professionalism that will serve them well in the culinary industry.”
“As a college we are proud to facilitate an event that enables so many groups to showcase their skills,” said John McMahon, Vice-President, Academic. “High school students, the Loyalist Culinary and Esthetics students, and local businesses were all part of an exceptional day. We hope that events such as this will strengthen our ties to the community and encourage people to explore the great opportunities available through the programs we offer.”
For information about Loyalist’s Chef Training and Culinary Management programs click here.
Media Contact: Marilyn Warren, Communications, Loyalist College, (613) 969-1913 ext. 2332; e-mail: email@example.com or Margaret Beaumaster, Culinary Program, ext. 2213