Canadian Culinary Students Compete for $1,500


TORONTO — Young aspiring cooks are meeting at Toronto’s George Brown College today to compete in the first Culinary Student Recipe competition organized by the U.S.A. Rice Federation.

Three finalists from Canadian culinary schools will try to create Canada’s “best rice recipe” in a two parts water — one part rice’ one-hour cookoff for $1,500.

The students vying for the top prize are Jordan Rusk from Fleming College in Peterborough, Ont.; Elycia Ross from Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo, B.C., and Melissa Drutz from George Brown College in Toronto.

The competition began in earnest last autumn when culinary students from across the country were challenged to create Canada’s best rice recipe. The finalists were chosen from more than 50 recipes that were submitted and judged by chef Stefan Czapalay, a well-known toque and certified chef de cuisine.

At today’s event, second- and third-place prizes of $500 and $250 respectively, will also be awarded.

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