B.C.’s Hands-On Cooking Contest Marks 10th Anniversary


VANCOUVER — B.C.’s popular Hands-On Cook-Off contest, running April 15 to May 15, is celebrating its 10th anniversary. This year’s contest theme is ‘memory-making in the kitchen’ and will highlight memorable past contestants and award-winning submissions from the last decade.

“As a father, husband, chef and also an advocate for sustainability, I’ve seen firsthand the importance of continued education in our food systems,” says Ned Bell, contest judge and executive chef of the Vancouver Club. “I’m the product of a fantastic home-economics teacher and when it comes to my passion for the community table, I stand by the philosophy that real food heals. Now is the time to champion cooking, eating and learning together and this is exactly what this contest does. After all, we truly are all better together.”

Bell, along with David Hawksworth, chef/owner of the Hawksworth Restaurant Group; Claire Newell, travel expert and media personality; Susie Wall, style and entertainment expert; Samantha Gutmanis, food editor and blogger; The Honourable Lana Popham, B.C.’s Minister of Agriculture; and Anna Brisco, chef, registered dietitian and nutrition educator, will judge the contest.

Supported by schools, community organizations, families and chefs from across the province, Hands-On Cook-Off highlights the importance and value of frequent family meals that facilitate healthier eating habits. To date, the contest has received more than 335 video submissions from participants across B.C. and awarded more than $35,000 in cash and in-kind prizes.

Additional contest information is available here.

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