Chef Sam Medeiros wins The Chef Collective Toronto Battle

Chef Devan Rajkumar, Chef Jerome Robinson, Chef Sam Medeiros, Chef Joe Friday and Chef Imrun Texeira at The Chef Collective event at Boehmer, Toronto, Oct. 17, 2022; Photo credit: Renee Rodenkirchen

TORONTO — On Monday night at Boehmer restaurant, Toronto chef Sam Medeiros took home the champion title at The Chef Collective Toronto Battle presented by Ontario Beef. In addition to bragging rights, chef Medeiros won two round-trip tickets to Lima, Peru with Copa Airlines, $1,000 in spending money and $2,000 for
Medeiros joined chef Jerome Robinson and chef Imrun Texeira in an intense one-hour live culinary battle, as hosts chef Joe Friday and chef Devan Rajkumar kept the energy high. The event was judged by Top Chef Canada season-nine winner chef Erica Karbelnik, grill master chef Robert Rainford, restaurateur and Iron Chef Canada season-six winner chef Paul Boehmer and Canada’s premier cheese expert Afrim Pristine.
Using the secret ingredient — high-quality beef from Meyer Angus Canada, chef Medeiros made two original dishes: a beef tenderloin egg roll with lime vinaigrette, pear and toasted sesame; and a beef striploin katsu with nduja, fresh oyster sauce, kumquat, radish and celery salad, along with a cinnamon-sugar churro with chocolate dip and Baileys for dessert. The Toronto event raised money, along with a donation of $4,000 worth of fixtures from American Standard & Grohe, a part of Lixil Canada, for Habitat for Humanity – GTA.

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