CALGARY — Chef Rupert Garcia is South Africa-bound, preparing to represent Canada at the 2014 Concours International des Jeunes Chefs Rôtisseurs competition in Durban on Sept. 5.
The SAIT graduate and chef entremetier at the Calgary Golf & Country Club will compete with cooks under the age of 27 from as many as 25 countries in a black-box competition, not unlike the one he won in the national championship.
Already an award-winning chef, Garcia is excited about the opportunity. “The experience itself is the ultimate prize, and being awarded to represent our country on the next level is a great honour,” he said in a letter to the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, hosts of the event.
The Concours International des Jeunes Chefs Rôtisseurs competition was first held in Switzerland in 1977 to support young chefs. The Chaîne des Rôtisseurs is an international gastronomic society that promotes fine-dining and “preserving the camaraderie and pleasures of the table.”